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Candidates for the Harrogate Borough Council elections on Thursday 7th May were asked to submit a 150-word statement on themselves and their policies for inclusion in the Harrogate Advertiser.

Paul Viney’s statement was included in this week’s edition of the paper and can be read below.

Paul Viney – Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

Paul Viney photo (7)

I am a retired carpenter and trade union shop steward and have lived in Harrogate for 36 years.

Almost 2000 people are on Harrogate’s council house waiting list and the average house price is 12.5 times higher than the average income. I am campaigning to end Harrogate’s housing crisis by:

  • Building council housing & stopping council house sell-offs
  • Establishing a local rent council to determine fair rents and a rent cap
  • Setting up a council-run not-for-profit letting agency

All the other parties are committed to further austerity. I believe that councillors should refuse to implement the cuts and set an alternative “people’s budget” which meets Harrogate’s needs. Reserves and affordable borrowing should be used to defend local services, while demanding any shortfall back from government.

I support a living wage of £10 an hour and a ban on zero hour contracts for all council workers and contractors.

TUSC leafleting sessions, Harrogate

Many thanks to all those who helped to deliver Paul’s leaflet in the ward. We were able to deliver all the leaflets before the postal votes went out.

Our final leaflet is on housing and calls for the mass building of council homes, rent controls and the abolition of the bedroom tax. We will be delivering this leaflet on the following dates:

Wednesday 29th April – Meet 3.00 pm, outside ASDA

Friday 1st May – Meet 11.00 am, outside ASDA

Sunday 3rd May – Meet 11.00 am, outside ASDA

If you would like to help to deliver the leaflets and support Paul’s campaign to end Harrogate’s housing crisis, contact us at harrogatesocialists[at]gmail.com

May Day March & Rally, Leeds

This year’s May Day march and rally in Leeds is taking place on Saturday 2nd May. The march will assemble at 11.30 outside Leeds Art Gallery. Harrogate Socialists will be travelling to Leeds to participate in the march and are meeting at Harrogate Bus Station at 10.25 on Saturday morning. All welcome!  

Harrogate Socialist Party – Branch Meeting, Tuesday 12th May

Our next meeting is Tuesday May 12th, starting 7.30 pm. We will be discussing the election results and the next steps in the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) campaign against the proposed cuts to fire services in North Yorkshire.

The venue is the Stone Beck pub, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate, HG3 2XQ. All welcome!