‘We will end austerity’

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition is opposing austerity in Waltham Forest

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates and supporters in Waltham Forest

If you want to save our square and our trees, you can register your opposition to the plans to build monster blocks in Walthamstow town centre by voting TUSC – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – on 3rd May.

If you want to reopen the youth centres and expand youth services to cut across the increase in youth crime and tragic attacks on young people – you can send that message loud and clear with a vote for TUSC.

If you want to see Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity manifesto turned into action in our town hall, then vote TUSC. Seventeen trade unionists, socialists and community campaigners are standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition across Waltham Forest.

Nancy Taaffe, Save Our Square campaign co-chair, standing in High Street ward against council leader Clare Coghill, says: “Enough is enough. For too long our jobs and services have been slashed, and working class people socially cleansed out of our borough.

“We will campaign alongside Corbyn-supporting Labour Party candidates. But we are standing where there are right-wing councillors that force through cuts and privatisation, who voted to sack youth workers, and who voted to destroy the town square.

“The council should use the reserves and borrowing powers to stop all the cuts now and build an almighty campaign to win the funding necessary from government.”

 In addition to Nancy Taaffe, TUSC candidates include:

  • Linda Taaffe, who helped the Butterfields tenants win victory on their estate, standing in Wood Street
  • Save Our Square campaigner Sarah Sachs Eldridge standing against Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing, in Grove Green
  • Three young renters, including Tamil Solidarity campaigner Isai Priya, standing against deputy leader Clyde Loakes, and planning committee members Marie Pye and Jenny Gray, in Leytonstone

TUSC policies in Waltham Forest are socialist policies for the benefit of all – not the billionaires!

We will:

  • Vote against all cuts and privatisation;
  • Not raise council tax;
  • Save our square;
  • Stop building unaffordable flats;
  • Build council houses;
  • Bring in rent control;
  • Re-open youth clubs and expand youth services to halt the increases in youth crime in the area – including the replacement the 70 youth workers who lost their jobs in the cuts;
  • Stop Mini Holland. We will launch a genuine new consultation on the scheme and will act upon the consent of the community. We don’t agree that Mini Holland is a green idea – it has increased congestion and pollution, especially in poorer areas.

This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the political parties standing for election to Waltham Forest Council on Thursday 3rd May 2018. For more information and a full list of candidates:

Visit walthamforest.gov.uk/content/local-elections-2018