Paul Viney, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for High Harrogate, won 66 votes (4.5%) in the local council elections.
Paul says: “This was the first left of Labour electoral challenge in Harrogate for over 50 years. To receive 4.5% of the vote on a socialist, anti-cuts platform was a tremendous achievement. I would like to thank all those who voted for me and those who helped with the campaign. TUSC are the only party offering an alternative to austerity, campaigning against privatisation and cuts to local services. We will continue to fight for affordable housing, decent public services and an end to poverty pay and zero hour contracts.”
Over 6000 TUSC leaflets were distributed during the course of the campaign in Harrogate. At the election count, the Conservative candidate commented on the high level of TUSC activity in the ward.
Nationally, TUSC gained 1 councillor with Keith Morrell winning the Coxford ward in Southampton with 43% of the vote (Keith was expelled from the Labour Party for voting against the cuts). In Coventry, Dave Nellist (TUSC national chairperson) came second with 29.7% of the vote.
For further updates and analysis of the TUSC election results, see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/16998/23-05-2014/local-elections-2014-great-victory-as-tusc-rebel-councillor-re-elected.