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The General Election and ‘National Interest’

 

According to the government’s own legislation, the result of a trade union ballot on strike action is only deemed legal and valid if the result in favour reaches a total of 50% + 1 out of the total number that voted.

 

In the 6th May general election the Conservatives achieved a vote of 36% from the electorate, Labour reached 29% and the Lib-Dems 23%. Applying the same regulations to this general election as they do to trade union ballots would mean the result of this election is invalid.  

Yet we find that the leadership of these parties are now busy conducting behind the scenes deals in order that some form of government will quickly emerge. And the phrase that all these leaders are using is that this is being done ‘in the national interest’. 

 

Tory leader Cameron stated: “No government will be in the national interest unless it deals with the biggest threat to our national interest, and that is the deficit. We remain completely convinced that starting to deal with the deficit this year is essential.”

He added: “Britain needs strong, stable, decisive government and it is in the national interest that we get that on a secure basis. We need a government that reassures the international markets.”

Media darling Nick Clegg said “It is now for the Conservative Party to prove that it is capable of seeking to govern in the national interest.”

Gordon Brown, displaying no principles whatsoever commented: “For my part, I should make clear that I would be willing to see any of the party leaders if it is in the national interest to do so.”

 

That they can find common ground is not a surprise, since all these parties represent the same ruling elite and in essence all believe that the working class has to pay for the current economic crisis. Moreover, when they talk about the ‘national interest’ they reveal themselves as political fraudsters.

 

All these parties have supported the destruction of Britain’s manufacturing base and the privatisation of its energy industries, resulting in the energy needs of the people of Britain being at the mercy of imports from the most unstable regions on earth. This is not in the interest of the 60 million inhabitants of Britain but on the contrary is tantamount to treason.

 

Furthermore, the term ‘national interest’ is used by these political scoundrels to conceal the fact that society is in reality made up of opposing classes, each with their own distinct interests, and the government act in the interests of only one class, the ruling class.

How can the interests of big business, whose function is to extract the maximum amount of surplus value from its labour force, be the same interests as their workers who have to fight to protect their working conditions and standards of living?

How can the investment bankers at RBS who were recently paid bonuses of £1.3 billion, be equated to the workers struggling to put food on the table for their families?

How can the interests of workers and youth trying to combat growing debt, unemployment and housing problems be the same as Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, who is the richest property developer in Britain, with an estimated wealth of £6.75billion and owning vast estates in Lancashire, Cheshire and Scotland as well as internationally owning estates in Canada and Spain?  

 

Whatever form of government is eventually cobbled together, the term ‘national interest’ will be used as a cover behind which they intend to launch savage attacks on the social conditions of the working class.

 

Ends.

 

 

General Election 2010.   SLP results.

 

 

Brighton Pavilion 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Caroline Lucas

Green

16,238

31.3

+9.4

Nancy Platts

Labour

14,986

28.9

-7.5

Charlotte Vere

Conservative

12,275

23.7

+0.4

Bernadette Millam

Liberal Democrat

7,159

13.8

-2.2

Nigel Carter

UK Independence Party

948

1.8

+0.6

Ian Fyvie

Socialist Labour Party

148

0.3

-0.1

Soraya Kara

Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality

61

0.1

+0.1

Leo Atreides

Independent

19

0.0

+0.0

Majority

1,252

2.4

 

Turnout

51,834

70.0

+7.7

 

 

 

Glasgow North East 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Willie Bain

Labour

20,100

68.3

+15.0

Billy McAllister

Scottish National Party

4,158

14.1

-3.5

Eileen Baxendale

Liberal Democrat

2,262

7.7

+7.7

Ruth Davidson

Conservative

1,569

5.3

+5.3

Walter Hamilton

British National Party

798

2.7

-0.5

Graham Campbell

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

187

0.6

+0.6

Kevin McVey

Scottish Socialist Party

179

0.6

-4.3

Jim Berrington

Socialist Labour Party

156

0.5

-13.7

Majority

15,942

54.2

 

Turnout

29,409

49.1

+3.4

 

Ayrshire North & Arran 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Katy Clark

Labour

21,860

47.4

+3.5

Patricia Gibson

Scottish National Party

11,965

25.9

+8.0

Philip Lardner

Independent

7,212

15.6

-2.7

Gillian Cole-Hamilton

Liberal Democrat

4,630

10.0

-6.4

Louise McDaid

Socialist Labour Party

449

1.0

+0.3

Majority

9,895

21.5

 

Turnout

46,116

61.5

+1.0

 

 

Ayrshire Central 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Brian Donohoe

Labour

20,950

47.7

+1.3

Maurice Golden

Conservative

8,943

20.4

-1.8

John Mullen

Scottish National Party

8,364

19.0

+7.5

Andrew Chamberlain

Liberal Democrat

5,236

11.9

-4.1

James McDaid

Socialist Labour Party

422

1.0

-0.1

Majority

12,007

27.3

 

Turnout

43,915

64.2

+1.1

 

Dunbartonshire West 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Gemma Doyle

Labour

25,905

61.3

+9.4

Graeme McCormick

Scottish National Party

8,497

20.1

-1.6

Helen Watt

Liberal Democrat

3,434

8.1

-6.3

Martyn McIntyre

Conservative

3,242

7.7

+1.2

Mitch Sorbie

UK Independence Party

683

1.6

+0.8

Katharine McGavigan

Socialist Labour Party

505

1.2

+1.2

Majority

17,408

41.2

 

Turnout

42,266

64.0

+2.7

 

 

Edinburgh North & Leith 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Mark Lazarowicz

Labour

17,740

37.5

+3.2

Kevin Lang

Liberal Democrat

16,016

33.8

+4.6

Iain McGill

Conservative

7,079

14.9

-3.7

Calum Cashley

Scottish National Party

4,568

9.6

-0.5

Kate Joester

Green

1,062

2.2

-3.6

John Hein

Liberal Party

389

0.8

+0.8

Willie Black

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

233

0.5

+0.5

David Jacobsen

Socialist Labour Party

141

0.3

+0.3

Cameron MacIntyre

Independent

128

0.3

+0.3

Majority

1,724

3.6

 

Turnout

47,356

68.4

+6.0

 

 

Birmingham Perry Barr 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Khalid Mahmood

Labour

21,142

50.3

+4.0

Karen Hamilton

Liberal Democrat

9,234

22.0

-4.1

William Norton

Conservative

8,960

21.3

+4.0

Melvin Ward

UK Independence Party

1,675

4.0

+1.6

John Tyrrell

Socialist Labour Party

527

1.3

-1.0

Deborah Hey-Smith

Christian Party

507

1.2

+1.2

Majority

11,908

28.3

 

Turnout

42,045

59.0

+5.1

 

Wolverhampton North East 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Emma Reynolds

Labour

14,448

41.4

-13.3

Julie Rook

Conservative

11,964

34.3

+4.7

Colin Ross

Liberal Democrat

4,711

13.5

+1.9

Simon Patten

British National Party

2,296

6.6

+6.6

Paul Valdmanis

UK Independence Party

1,138

3.3

-0.8

Shangara Bhatoe

Socialist Labour Party

337

1.0

+1.0

Majority

2,484

7.1

 

Turnout

34,894

58.8

+3.8

 

 

St Helens North 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Dave Watts

Labour

23,041

51.7

-5.6

Paul Greenall

Conservative

9,940

22.3

+3.5

John Beirne

Liberal Democrat

8,992

20.2

-0.7

Gary Robinson

UK Independence Party

2,100

4.7

+1.8

Stephen Whatham

Socialist Labour Party

483

1.1

+1.1

Majority

13,101

29.4

 

Turnout

44,556

59.4

+3.7

 

Liverpool West Derby 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Stephen Twigg

Labour

22,953

64.1

+3.6

Paul Twigger

Liberal Democrat

4,486

12.5

-2.7

Stephen Radford

Liberal Party

3,327

9.3

-2.5

Pamela Hall

Conservative

3,311

9.3

+1.0

Hilary Jones

UK Independence Party

1,093

3.1

+1.1

Kai Andersen

Socialist Labour Party

614

1.7

-0.6

Majority

18,467

51.6

 

Turnout

35,784

56.7

+11.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool Wavertree 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Luciana Berger

Labour

20,132

53.1

+3.6

Colin Eldridge

Liberal Democrat

12,965

34.2

-6.4

Andrew Garnett

Conservative

2,830

7.5

+1.0

Neil Miney

UK Independence Party

890

2.3

+0.4

Rebecca Lawson

Green

598

1.6

+1.6

Kim Singleton

Socialist Labour Party

200

0.5

-0.2

Steven McEllenborough

British National Party

150

0.4

+0.4

Frank Dunne

Independent

149

0.4

+0.4

Majority

7,167

18.9

 

Turnout

37,914

60.6

+12.8

 

 

 

Manchester Central 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Tony Lloyd

Labour

21,059

52.7

-6.6

Marc Ramsbottom

Liberal Democrat

10,620

26.6

+5.6

Suhail Rahuja

Conservative

4,704

11.8

+1.3

Tony Trebilcock

British National Party

1,636

4.1

+4.1

Gayle O'Donovan

Green

915

2.3

-1.9

Nicola Weatherill

UK Independence Party

607

1.5

-0.3

Ron Sinclair

Socialist Labour Party

153

0.4

-0.2

John Cartwright

Independent

120

0.3

+0.3

Jonty Leff

Workers Revolutionary Party

59

0.1

+0.1

Robert Skelton

Socialist Equality

54

0.1

+0.1

Majority

10,439

26.1

 

Turnout

39,927

46.7

+4.9

 

 

Newport East 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Jessica Morden

Labour

12,744

37.0

-8.2

Ed Townsend

Liberal Democrat

11,094

32.2

+8.5

Dawn Parry

Conservative

7,918

23.0

-0.5

Keith Jones

British National Party

1,168

3.4

+3.4

Fiona Cross

Plaid Cymru

724

2.1

-1.7

David Rowlands

UK Independence Party

677

2.0

-1.0

Liz Screen

Socialist Labour Party

123

0.4

-0.5

Majority

1,650

4.8

 

Turnout

34,448

63.6

+5.7

 

 

Blaenau Gwent 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Nick Smith

Labour

16,974

52.4

+20.1

Dai Davies

People's Voice

6,458

19.9

-38.2

Matt Smith

Liberal Democrat

3,285

10.1

+5.9

Liz Stevenson

Conservative

2,265

7.0

+4.7

Rhodri Davies

Plaid Cymru

1,333

4.1

+1.7

Anthony King

British National Party

1,211

3.7

+3.7

Mike Kocan

UK Independence Party

488

1.5

+1.0

Alyson O'Connell

Socialist Labour Party

381

1.2

+1.2

Majority

10,516

32.5

 

Turnout

32,395

61.8

-4.4

 

 

Pontypridd 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Owen Smith

Labour

14,220

38.8

-15.4

Michael Powell

Liberal Democrat

11,435

31.2

+11.2

Lee Gonzalez

Conservative

5,932

16.2

+4.6

Ioan Bellin

Plaid Cymru

2,673

7.3

-3.7

David Bevan

UK Independence Party

1,229

3.4

+0.8

Simon Parsons

Socialist Labour Party

456

1.2

+1.2

Donald Watson

Christian Party

365

1.0

+1.0

John Matthews

Green

361

1.0

+1.0

Majority

2,785

7.6

 

Turnout

36,671

63.0

-0.2

 

 

 

 

Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Dai Havard

Labour

14,007

43.7

-16.8

Amy Kitcher

Liberal Democrat

9,951

31.0

+17.0

Maria Hill

Conservative

2,412

7.5

-1.4

Clive Tovey

Independent

1,845

5.8

+5.8

Glyndwr Cennydd Jones

Plaid Cymru

1,621

5.1

-4.9

Richard Barnes

British National Party

1,173

3.7

+3.7

Adam Brown

UK Independence Party

872

2.7

+0.4

Alan Cowdell

Socialist Labour Party

195

0.6

-0.3

Majority

4,056

12.6

 

Turnout

32,076

58.6

+3.2

 

 

Plymouth Sutton & Davenport 2010. new constituency

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Oliver Colville

Conservative

15,050

34.3

+4.7

Linda Gilroy

Labour

13,901

31.7

-9.0

Judy Evans

Liberal Democrat

10,829

24.7

+2.1

Andrew Leigh

UK Independence Party

2,854

6.5

-0.1

Tony Brown

Green

904

2.1

+2.1

Brian Gerrish

Independent

233

0.5

+0.5

Robert Hawkins

Socialist Labour Party

123

0.3

-0.3

Majority

1,149

2.6

 

Turnout

43,894

61.8

+6.3

 

 

Plymouth Moor View 2010 (new constituency)

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Alison Seabeck

Labour

15,433

37.2

-7.2

Matthew Groves

Conservative

13,845

33.3

+8.3

Stuart Bonar

Liberal Democrat

7,016

16.9

-2.1

Bill Wakeham

UK Independence Party

3,188

7.7

+0.0

Roy Cook

British National Party

1,438

3.5

+3.5

Wendy Miller

Green

398

1.0

+1.0

David Marchesi

Socialist Labour Party

208

0.5

-0.6

Majority

1,588

3.8

 

Turnout

41,526

61.7

+3.5

 

 

Camborne & Redruth 2010. new constituency

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

George Eustice

Conservative

15,969

37.6

+12.0

Julia Goldsworthy

Liberal Democrat

15,903

37.4

+1.6

Jude Robinson

Labour

6,945

16.3

-12.4

Derek Elliott

UK Independence Party

2,152

5.1

+0.3

Loveday Jenkin

Mebyon Kernow

775

1.8

+0.9

Euan McPhee

Green

581

1.4

+1.4

Robert Hawkins

Socialist Labour Party

168

0.4

+0.4

Majority

66

0.2

 

Turnout

42,493

66.4

+3.2

 

 

Barnsley Central 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Eric Illsley

Labour

17,487

47.3

-10.4

Christopher Wiggin

Liberal Democrat

6,394

17.3

-2.0

Piers Tempest

Conservative

6,388

17.3

+2.5

Ian Sutton

British National Party

3,307

8.9

+4.4

David Silver

UK Independence Party

1,727

4.7

+4.7

Donald Wood

Independent

732

2.0

+2.0

Tony Devoy

Independent

610

1.6

+1.6

Terry Robinson

Socialist Labour Party

356

1.0

+1.0

Majority

11,093

30.0

 

Turnout

37,001

56.5

+8.8

 

Barnsley East 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Michael Dugher

Labour

18,059

47.0

-23.9

John Brown

Liberal Democrat

6,969

18.2

+4.1

James Hockney

Conservative

6,329

16.5

+3.8

Colin Porter

British National Party

3,301

8.6

+8.6

Tony Watson

UK Independence Party

1,731

4.5

+4.5

Kevin Hogan

Independent

712

1.9

+1.9

Eddie Devoy

Independent

684

1.8

+1.8

Ken Capstick

Socialist Labour Party

601

1.6

-0.7

Majority

11,090

28.9

 

Turnout

38,386

56.1

+7.3

 

Camberwell & Peckham 2010.

Harriet Harman

Labour

27,619

59.2

-4.1

Columba Blango

Liberal Democrat

10,432

22.4

+1.9

Andy Stranack

Conservative

6,080

13.0

+3.1

Jenny Jones

Green

1,361

2.9

-1.7

Yohara Robby Munilla

English Democrats

435

0.9

+0.9

Joshua Ogunleye

Workers Revolutionary Party

211

0.5

+0.2

Margaret Sharkey

Socialist Labour Party

184

0.4

+0.1

Decima Francis

Independent

93

0.2

+0.2

Steven Robbins

Independent

87

0.2

+0.2

Patricia Knox

Independent

82

0.2

+0.2

Jill Mountford

Alliance for Workers' Liberty

75

0.2

+0.2

Majority

17,187

36.8

 

Turnout

46,659

59.3

+7.3

 

 

 

 

Derbyshire South 2010.

Name

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Heather Wheeler

Conservative

22,935

45.5

+8.1

Michael Edwards

Labour

15,807

31.4

-11.5

Alexis Diouf

Liberal Democrat

8,012

15.9

+3.0

Peter Jarvis

British National Party

2,193

4.3

+0.3

Charles Swabey

UK Independence Party

1,206

2.4

+2.4

Paul Liversuch

Socialist Labour Party

266

0.5

+0.5

Majority

7,128

14.1

 

Turnout

50,419

71.4

+4.5

 

 

 

Local elections  May 2010

 

Croxteth results

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

Peter Mitchell

Labour Party

3307

57.10%

Elected

Mark Coughlin

Liberal Democrat

1711

29.54%

Not elected

Grace Charlotte Tyldsley

Conservative Party

271

4.68%

Not elected

Kai Andersen

SLP

244

4.21%

Not elected

Michael Morgan

Liberal Party

181

3.13%

Not elected

Don Ross

Green Party

78

1.35%

Not elected

Voting Summary

Details

Number

Total votes

5792

Electorate

10604

Ballot Papers Issued

5865

Number of ballot papers rejected

73

Number of postal votes sent

1504

Turnout

54.62%

             

 

 

Norris Green results

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

Vi Bebb

Labour Party

3948

75.19%

Elected

Charles Railton Mayes

Liberal Party

550

10.47%

Not elected

John Edgar

British National Party

312

5.94%

Not elected

George Powell

Conservative Party

308

5.87%

Not elected

Elspeth Anwar

Green Party

93

1.77%

Not elected

Kim Singleton

SLP

40

0.76%

Not elected

Total votes

5251

Electorate

10224

Ballot Papers Issued

5275

Number of ballot papers rejected

24

Number of postal votes sent

1383

Turnout

51.36%

             

 

 

Yew Tree results

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

Anthony Concepcion

Labour Party

3618

56.79%

Elected

Gary John Airey

Liberal Democrat

1788

28.06%

Not elected

Matthew Thomas Peter Taylor

Conservative Party

450

7.06%

Not elected

Tracey Hawksford

Liberal Party

266

4.18%

Not elected

Barbara Bryan

SLP

131

2.06%

Not elected

William Ward

Green Party

118

1.85%

Not elected

Total votes

6371

Electorate

11344

Ballot Papers Issued

6407

Number of ballot papers rejected

36

Number of postal votes sent

2203

Turnout

56.16%

             

 

 

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Irvine & North Ayrshire May Day Rally
 
An packed & energetic May Day rally in Irvine heard Ken Capstick, former Vice-President of the Yorkshire miners, speaking on behalf of the National Union of Mineworkers, give an impassioned speech in defence of the deep mining industry and the energy crisis facing this country.
 
Ken explained to the audience that this country faces an energy crisis that will make the "credit crunch" look like a minor upset. He described the situation that has led to the depletion of North Sea gas resources, of how they have been "squandered" and why Britain's future energy needs can only be met by coal.
 
Ken pointed out that over 100 firms have already had their power supplies cut off during the harsh winter due the "interuptable" contracts they signed with gas providers. It was a gamble that they lost and is a clear sign of what may lie in the near future for the whole country. He explained that over the winter energy supplied by coal leapt from 31% to 44%. "Only coal has the ability to do this" he said, "it's the fuel that reaches the parts other fuels cannot!". The problem is that most of this coal is now imported from abroad. Like gas from Russia it cannot be relied upon to be delivered and is dependent on an unstable international political situation as witnessed by the Western European gas crisis of 2009 because Russia "fell out" with Ukraine.
 
"Climate campers do not have a monoply on concern for the environment" pointed out Ken. "We all have children and some of us grandchildren and we want them to grow up healthily and live in a safe world with a clean environment. It serves little purpose to stop coal fired power stations in this country and to close pits when the US, China and India are scheduled to more than double CO2 emissions over the next twenty years.
 
"We need to develop clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage (CCS) if we are to stop these emissions - it's the only way forward" he said. The scandal was that "Britain was at the forefront of research in this area and on the verge of trials when the Thatcher government closed the leading research plant at Grimethorpe. Nuclear is no answer not to mention the fact that they haven't got a clue what to do with the highly irradiated waste it produces".
 
Ken was given a big ovation at the conclusion of his speech.

 
SLP Election meeting
 
Ken made a similar contribution to a packed SLP election meeting in North Ayrshire & Arran constituency alongside SLP candidate Louise McDaid.
 
It was an excellent meeting - one in which you come away from having learned a great deal from Ken.  Also in attendance was Ken's better half - Sheila! Louise said "meeting Sheila was fantastic - I got her to hear of her participation in the Women Against Pit Closures - a remarkable individual"
 
Louise made the same comments that she has been making from day one of her campaign "A vote for any other  party is a vote for cuts in our welfare state and public services.  I am asking you to think outside the box - I refer to the one sitting in the corner of your homes.  You have had a drip drip from the media of 'we' are to blame for this crisis and that 'we' will have to pay".  Louise explained "this is not the working people's crisis but the Super Rich who amidst this crisis have seen their wealth go up by 29%. Only a vote for the Socialist Labour Party can put right the injustices that we have had in the past and we will certainly be suffering after more years of Tory/Labour government ".

 

 

The Socialist Labour Party believes that the policies set our in our Manifesto are able to resolve the economic and social crisis facing our Country.  In 1997 I called for our manufacturing industry to be rebuilt after years of Tory misrule and the reliance on the Finance World.  I also referred to the "Fat Cats" in big business who awarded themselves big bonuses but now we have to include the politicians from all the main political parties who have been found guilty of abusing the public purse with their expenses claims.
 
New Labour gave our money to bail out the banks to the tune of at least £850 Billion.  A policy supported by the Tories, Lib Dems and the SNP.
 
As a consequence of this our Public Services are to suffer.  Locally Labour, SNP, Tory and Lib Dems unanimously supported a budget that saw a £5 million cut in Education; £1.4million in Social Services and £1.3million in Property Services.  Everything from our Community Centres to privatisation of services for our Senior Citizens are on the agenda locally and I will repeat again... all supported by the four main political parties.
 
The Socialist Labour Party would demand that the rich who have been allowed to use every scam in the book to avoid paying tax - a total of £120 Billion - be forced to pay back every penny.  The massive economic black hole would be easily filled in by reclaiming this money.
 
With the scrapping of Trident and ID Cards; withdrawal from the European Union and bringing our troops home we would be in a position to deal with the people's priorities: Health, Education, full employment, a decent pension and affordable public housing.  Above all a future for our young people must be a priority for everyone of us.  Unemployment for our 18-24 year olds has risen by 66% between 2007 to 2009 in North Ayrshire & Arran - and this under a Labour Government.
 
Finally as you make your decision on who to vote for I would ask you to think of the following:-
 
If you support the closure of our Community Centres, scrapping of swimming lessons for our children; paying for rubbish uplifts; privatisation of services for our Senior Citizens then vote for one of the other parties. Otherwise I would ask you to vote for me, Louise McDaid, the Socialist Labour Party Candidate in this election.

 

 

JAMES McDAID   CENTRAL AYRSHIRE

 

 

Twenty-four Hours to Stop the Cuts.
 
As you read this polling day is imminent. ALL the other parties in this election will give you cuts to essential services. Cuts to local council services including education, community and older peoples' services, cuts to our NHS. They want your vote as a mandate. Deny them that mandate and vote SOCIALIST LABOUR PARTY.
 
Unemployment is rocketing in North Ayrshire, particularly youth unemployment - up 66% in just two years. Socialist Labour say, invest in industry to generate real jobs and create real wealth that benefits our local communities. It costs £15,000 per year to keep someone unemployed when all costs are taken into consideration. I say give £13,000 of that to industry provided they employ someone.
 
Our pensioners get a raw deal. The Tories under Thatcher broke the "link" that kept pensions in line with earnings and New Labour have done nothing about it. I say re-instate that link and back date it to 1979. This would increase the state pension by £50 per week for a single pensioner and around £80 per week for a couple. We could easily pay for that by withdrawing this country from the European Union and saving £6.4 billions per year in the process.
 
The other parties will also increase the tax burden on ordinary people. They want to make us pay for the crisis created by the banks, big corporations and the super rich. I say make those who have it pay. The "Rich List" published last week showed there are individuals with assets measured by the tens and even hundreds of £billions in this country. Yet the other parties want to increase VAT, a tax where the pensioner pays the same rate as the richest in the land! If we put just one penny on the top rate of tax we could earn for the country an extra £3.5 billions per year. We could also collect the estimated £120 billions of uncollected and avoided tax by the rich. This money could then go to our NHS to improve health services.
 
Socialist Labour would also scrap the useless and illegal Trident nuclear misile system that will cost us over a £100 billions to operate. We would withdraw British soldiers from Afghanistan where they are being killed and maimed in their hundreds in an unwinnable war for no obvious purpose.
 
In this election the people have a real choice. That choice is to vote for one of the so-called "main" parties and get cuts and tax rises or to vote for me, James McDaid, the Socialist Labour Party candidate, and send a clear message to the next government - "we don't want your cuts!".

 

KATHARINE McGAVIGAN  DUMBARTONSHIRE WEST

DAVID JACOBSEN   EDINBURGH NORTH & LEITH

 

David says:

 
I oppose the Edinburgh Tramworks drain on local business and taxpayers money. I will campaign for an increase in the local education budget and a halt to the cuts and school closures programme implemented by the SNP/LibDem controlled council.
I say Yes to unilateral nuclear disarmament and No to nuclear power.

 

WEST MIDLANDS

JOHN TYRRELL  BIRMINGHAM PERRY BARR

SHANGARA SINGH BHATOE  WOLVERHAMPTON NORTH EAST

 

EAST MIDLANDS

PAUL LIVERSUCH  SWADLINCOTE SOUTH DERBYSHIRE

 

NORTH WEST

STEVE WHATHAM   ST HELENS NORTH

 

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Pensions

Since the mid-1970s, pensioners have lost 40%

of their pension as a consequence of the Tory

and Labour Governments' decision not to have a

link with the annual increase in wages or the

Retail Price Index. We demand a fundamental

change so that when a person retires he/she

should receive a pension equal to the average

median wage in Britain, index-linked so that the

value will be maintained.

 

The Environment

We support a completely green environment.We

demand an immediate end to nuclear power

generation, and the development of an

integrated energy policy which will produce 250

million tonnes of deep mine clean coal per yearcoal

from which we can extract all the electricity,

oil, gas and petrochemicals that people need.

 

Housing

We need to build or refurbish 1 million homes

every year for 5 years. This can be done by

using the three-quarters of a million

unemployed building workers to build houses for

need and not profit.

Steve Whatham – Candidate

 

Health

We need a National Health Service which

guarantees every citizen medical care at the

time of need, upon demand and completely free

of charge

We demand an end to the theft of people's

homes and hard-earned savings if a person has

to go into a care home. We demand that our

health and social care service is paid for by the

government out of our tax and National

Insurance contributions.

We demand the abolition of all privatised health

care and social services. All doctors, dentists and

NHS staff must work exclusively for the NHS.

 

Trident Submarines

We would cancel this Nuclear programme. The

billions saved could be used for healthcare.

MP’s Wages

We support MP’s receiving only the average

workers wage.

The Wars

The Socialist Labour Party is opposed to

aggression or interference by any country or

group of countries in the affairs of a sovereign

nation whose internal affairs should be

determined by its own people.

We would withdraw all British forces from

overseas, cut our defence budget by two-thirds,

and plough the billions released into the NHS

and re-building the economy. The Socialist

Labour Party really would turn swords into

ploughshares.

 

 

 

 

ANDIDA

KAI ANDERSEN    LIVERPOOLWEST DERBY

 

KIM SINGLETON  LIVERPOOL WAVERTREE

Kim Singleton was born in Liverpool in 1960. She attended Broadgreen High School and then Liverpool University and has worked for a number of voluntary organisations on Merseyside as a community worker. She has lived on Merseyside all her life, thirty years of that in the Wavertree constituency. Her first experience of politics came at the age of eight when her family became involved in a rent strike to get rehousing. She has been an activist for a number of causes including labour struggles and anti-war campaigns. Currently she lives in West Derby with partner Barbara and, as part-time student, is writing a history of housing struggles on Merseyside.
 

 

 

RON SINCLAIR   MANCHESTER CENTRAL

WALES

LIZ SCREEN  NEWPORT EAST

 

 

 

 

Liz Screen

Socialist Labour Party

 

I was born and brought up in Newport East and attended Newport High School. I worked in the civil service and later studied at Cardiff University, becoming a teacher of German and French. Having taught in several comprehensive schools in Wales I believe that an excellent education should be available to all our children, regardless of where they live or how well off their parents are.

 

Appalling cuts in Youth Service facilities have left the field wide open for drug dealers and anti social behaviour which many residents of our estates find difficult to cope with. Formerly many schools were open in the evenings as youth centres and it cost almost nothing to use the swimming pools. Maindee pool should have been supported by Newport Council and should never have been allowed to be destroyed by vandalism. I hope that plans for it to be restored for use by the community will succeed.

 

I have been a political activist since I first joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1962. In the 1970s I fought against the proposals to build a nuclear power station at Portskewett. Unfortunately the spectre looms again and we face threats of nuclear power stations on our doorstop. Hinkley Point, just across the river from Newport, is to have a new reactor and much has been made of the news that a new one will be built at Wylfa on Anglesy. We have not forgotten Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and scientists still have no idea what to do with radioactive waste.

I would like to see all nuclear weapons scrapped, including Trident, and the money saved spent on the National Health Service.

I believe that our troops should be brought home from Afghanistan immediately. Under this New Labour government we have been constantly at war – Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and new battles are waiting in the wings. It is time that time that we gave consideration to a peaceful future and invested those billions of pounds in health and education sevices.

 

The government were swift to bail out the banks with taxpayers’ money and still didn’t put in place proper regulation. Hence bankers are still claiming hefty bonuses and the taxpayers are still picking up the bill. Nothing has been done to help small businesses have more easy access to finance, house repossessions rising rapidly.None of this is helping the British economy.

 

This is the third time I have contested this constituency and I hope that the people of Newport East will give me their support.

 

 

ALYSON O’CONNELL  BLEANAU GWENT

SIMON PARSONS  PONTYPRIDD

ALAN COWDELL  MERTHYR TYDFIL

 

 SOUTH WEST


ROBERT O  HAWKINS   PLYMOUTH SUTTON & DEVONPORT

 

DAVID MARCHESI         PLYMOUTH MOOR VIEW

Candidate statement

 Born in Birmingham,I grew up in Australia, after leaving Teignmouth in 1947. I have worked in teaching, wood-machining and Customs and Excise. Of my five children, two are teachers, one a pediatric nurse, one an educator with the learning disables, and one is in sport promotion.

In my Australian years an “Old Labour” leader commented “”It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies”. My party is a party of principle, perhaps the only one in the UK today.

 

I am asking voters to choose the Socialist Labour Party because I believe we are being taken for a ride by the other parties with their extremely wealthy backers. In the end, you know as well as I do that the three main parties stand for rewarding the richest and punishing the poorer people - by longer hours, bad pay, work till you’re 70 and then get a very poor pension.

Alongside employed working people, many self-employed workers suffer from the rules of the financial game, which are intended , like tax policies, to reward the richest- in fact, those who traditionally work the least.

Of course, even the Glamour boys, Brown-Clegg-Cameron, say they have the interests of the whole of the British people in mind, but they are not being serious and, in their hearts, they know it.  They all say working folk have more or less the same interests as the mega-rich bankers and tycoons. The latest “recession” shows what a mockery this is. It also shows, incidentally, that it is Big Money which runs the economy, far more than any government, Mr Brown – why don’t you come clean on this ?

 

Socialist Labour wants to restore the rights of unionists to protect and improve working conditions and pay, in the face of attacks on workers’ rights from the politicians, judges and Europe. We are the only party to call for this. We don’t believe that the mega-rich should be given tax-cuts so that they can “create jobs”- why should major industries not be publicly-owned, cutting out the shareholders’ cut ? Why should various exploiters push up “the market” and, for example, make it almost impossible for the young to get proper accommodation? Even after getting good qualifications, many of the young now return “home” to mum and dad because housing is out of their reach.  We want to restore a strong publicly-owned housing sector.

We would also rein in the power that the big power industries have over us all (the oil companies and the nuclear industry especially) When the Conservatives chose to kill coal-mining in this country, they recklessly cut off  many years supply of British-sourced fuel, which can now be more safely and cleanly produced with improved technology. Instead, we import coal.

Yet the Tories and other neo-cons claim to be patriots. Incidentally, how “British” is B.P. now ? How “British” is “British Gas” ? What happened to “British Rail “? Does anyone know ?

Business is business, and many of our public services are already run by foreign or multinational companies, some of which (not just Lord Ashcroft) no doubt pay into the coffers of the major parties, from “offshore” banks- these are the men who wave the flag , then go off to their tax havens in the sun.

 

In the world – that’s what Socialist Labour wants to be, not stuck in the embrace of the US ( even Obama’s US) which gets us into killing people we have no quarrel with ( thanks, Mr Blair! Thanks, Mr Brown !) and with Europe becoming more and more the “super-state”. We want better relations with, say, Cuba and all of Latin America; with the Caribbean, African and Asian countries which reject the one-sided exploitation of the world by the mega-rich countries and elites. We recognize that it will be a long, hard struggle to break the stranglehold that the multinationals and their puppet regimes have on the world’s economies – but a start can be made now, since many think like us even among political leaders, such as Chavez, Morales and Lula.

At best, the main parties offer a little tinkering with the system.

We in Socialist Labour want to make real change , with the help of the working people of this country, and in solidarity with decent people around the world. Why accept the silly caricatures of the “good guys” and the “bad guys” promoted by Mr Murdoch’s press and others ? Has it become impossible to talk constructively about social injustice, the world’s environmental needs and even peace? Or do we leave the running to the “public relations” puppets and the lobbyists ?

 

 

ROBERT J HAWKINS     REDRUTH & CAMBORNE

 

 

YORKSHIRE

TERRY ROBINSON  BARNSLEY CENTRAL

KEN CAPSTICK        BARNSLEY EAST

 

LONDON

MARGARET SHARKEY   CAMBERWELL & PECKHAM

 

 

Local Elections – SLP candidates:

 

Kai Andersen:  Liverpool Croxteth ward

 

Kim Singleton: Liverpool Norris Green ward

 

Barbara Bryan: Liverpool Yew Tree ward