Interviews

City Hall Elections: Nancy Taaffe

Ahead of the London City Hall elections on 2nd May, the Echo takes a look at the candidates running to represent Waltham Forest on the London Assembly. Next up: TUSC candidate Nancy Taaffe

Nancy’s pitch: “I am not a career politician. I pledge only to take the wage of a skilled worker if elected. I’m a working-class socialist campaigner. I stand for the interests of working class people, no matter where we are from. I’ve stood and campaigned against everything we are now living through; the privatisation of transport, education, health and care. I’m also a lifelong anti-war activist.

It’s appalling that establishment politicians never instinctively called for a ceasefire in Gaza in October. I did. I won’t stop campaigning for socialist policies on the streets and in the workplaces.”

Read a breakdown of her polices below:

Housing:

  • There is now no way out of this housing nightmare for millions without mass council house provision.
  • We need to reintroduce rent caps to London, we need rent control and fair rent councils to be reestablished.
  • I stand for taking back all privatised empty flats and giving them to people in housing need.

Crime:


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  • Working class people in London are the most affected by crime. The answer has to be investment: from things like street lighting and frequent public transport with full staffing at all times, to reinvestment in youth centres and youth offending teams.
  • Poverty breeds crime. I would use my position to campaign for genuine job opportunities and training schemes on proper rates of pay and secure contracts.

Transport & Environment:

  •  We want investment in green, safe transport. We support transport workers fighting for decent pay, pensions and conditions and safety.
  • Instead of punitive measures like ULEZ and congestion charges, which disproportionately affect working-class people, we want investment and democratic public ownership.

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