British general election coming

By Peter Knight in England:

New coalition challenges the right-wing agenda

Friday 26 March 2010

Trade unionists packed into a conference room at Friends Meeting House in central London on Thursday evening to mark the launch of an anti-cuts coalition standing in the coming general election.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is backed by the Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party as well as a number of leading trade unionists including RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

It plans to stand candidates in 42 constituencies across the country.

PSC [sic; PCS] assistant general secretary Chris Baugh addressed the rally just days after leading hundreds of thousands of civil servants out on strike in opposition to a government attack on their redundancy rights.

Mr Baugh said: “We welcome the opportunity to fill the void left by new Labour‘s abandonment of working people.”

The union link with new Labour was highlighted as a central issue for workers in dispute against attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Mr Baugh added: “I think the BA cabin crews’ dispute is a classic example where Unite is a major contributor to Labour and yet the Prime Minister and other ministers have denounced what is and what we believe is a just cause.”

This video says about itself:

George Galloway discusses the BA strike with Seumas Milne.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Greens win council seat with 33% swing

Friday 26 March 2010

Mainstream parties were left reeling after they were routed in an astonishing council by-election result on Thursday just days before Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to call a general election.

The Green Party‘s Rachel Eburne snatched a Tory seat at Mid Suffolk District, also humiliating the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

She polled 61 per cent of the vote at Haughley and Wetherden with 444 votes – a 33.2 per cent net swing from the Conservatives, who won 176 votes.

Labour, which had a councillor in the ward until 2003, polled just 32 votes.

The Liberal Democrats, a close second last time, only managed 51.

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