13 Dec 2009

Left backs Caroline Lucas

Glad to see Caroline at the top of this list, the key thing is to canvass and leaflet for candidates who can win! Have been down to Brighton and will be going to Birmingham to help Salma.

London is more of a dilemma, I think it would be crazy not to support John McDonnell but I know the London Greens want to build up a vote to win at GLA and Euro level....but hey folks aren't there just a couple of London constituencies where we should let some one else who can win have a free run!

We believe that there IS an alternative to wars, cuts, privatisation, environmental destruction. We believe that the current UK election system does not allow our views to become represented - a truly democratic society requires participation and involvement at all levels and that the next elections will inevitably not lead to major change.

However, we do believe that there are candidates of the left, across several political organisations, who should be supported by everyone who agrees that there is an alternative to Brown, Cameron or Clegg. And in the interests of unity we call for left candidates to avoid clashing in the same seats.

We will therefore support the following for example (and there may well be many more), who strongly demonstrate practical representation of the left in its widest sense:

Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton)
Dai Davies (independent, Blaenau Gwent)
George Galloway and Abjol Miah (Respect), John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn (Labour) (in London);
Peter Tatchell (Green, Oxford);
Dave Nellist (Socialist Party, Coventry);
Salma Yaqoob (Respect, Birmingham)
Gayle O’Donovan, Kay Phillips (in Manchester; Green and Respect respectively);
Peter Cranie (Green, Liverpool);
Val Wise (independent, Preston).


Nick Bird (Lowestoft)
Duncan Chapel (NUJ)
Andrew Collingwood (Green Party)
Raphie de Santos (Scottish Socialist Party)
Sam Feeney (Unison)
Alf Filer (Harrow UAF)
Gregor Gall (University of Hertfordshire)
Stephen Hall (Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield People’s Alliance)
Chris Hyland (Green Party)
Aaron Kiely (Kent Uni.)
Nick Long (Lewisham)
Liam Mac Uaid (Socialist Resistance)
Jim Monaghan (Open University)
Miles Mothershead
John Nicholson
Declan O’Neill
Kay Phillips
Andy Richards (Brighton Unison and Respect)
Clive Searle
Norma Turner
Steve West (RMT, Manchester)
Leanne Wood AM/AC (Plaid Cymru)
Jack Youd (University of Manchester)

Organisational affiliations are for identification purposes only.

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1 comment:

Socialist said...

Derek, why have Tower Hamlets Green Party, which contains such stalwart Green Left comrades like Farid Bakht and Payam Torabi, voted to oppose George Galloway and Salma Yaqoob's Respect Party candidates in East London? How is this left unity?

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