Local Election Campaign 2017

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  • #85368
    robert.cox
    Participant

    News from Kent and Sussex Branch:

    The SPGB today became the first party to have a candidate nomination accepted in the Shepway District for the Kent County Council election on 4th May.   Both divisions of Folkestone town, with a combined electorate of just over 26,000 on newly re-drawn boundaries, are being contested with Max Hess and Andy Thomas being the candidates.

    We are also standing for East Sussex County Council, in the Lewes electoral division which is close to Brighton and has almost 9,000 voters, where Howard Pilott will be the candidate.

     Both areas were contested by the Party in the 2014 European Parliament elections, and Folkestone was also contested in the 2015 general election, when a candidate was also stood in the District council election.

     Robert Cox

    SPGB Election Agent – Kent

    #126120
    ALB
    Keymaster

    West London branch, in conjunction with comrades living there and elsewhere in Surrey, is standing a candidate in Guildford in the county council elections in Surrey where in the 1980s there was a very active Party branch. Although Surrey was part of the South East Region for the 2014 Euroelections, it was the only country where we didn't arrange for Royal Mail to distribute our election manifesto, which is one reason why we will be using the wording of that manifesto. But we'll have to distribute it iurselves since there is no free postal distribution in local elections.The nomination papers for our candidate in Guildford West were handed in and accepted today.More details here:http://spgb.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/election-time-again.html

    #126121
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Election street stalls will held in Guildford at Tunsgate Arch, off the High Street, GU1 3AAon Saturday, 15 April, Saturday, 22 April and Mayday, Monday, 1 May from 12noon till 3pm Also in Folkestone outside or near the Town Hall, at the junction of Sandgate Road and Guildhall Street, CT20 1DYon Saturday, 22 April from 12 noon

    #126122
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The nomination forms for our candidate in Lewes for East Sussex County Council, Howard Pilott, have been handed in and accepted.

    #126123
    ALB
    Keymaster

    We now know who are opponents are in Guildford West:Chandler (Tory), Dokimakis (Lab), Purvis (Green), White (LibDem) and Morris (Peace Party).White is the outgoing councillor. There is no UKIP candidate (no point anyway, now they've won the referendum).The Peace Party is a christian-inspired pacificist party, based in Guildford, which regularly contests elections there, including the last General Election. They are on the ballot paper as "The Peace Party – Non-Violence, Justice, Environment".In the rest of Surrey, there is one other candidate using the word "socialist" on the ballot paper: TUSC in Staines.

    #126124
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    What name are we contesting all these elections under?

    #126125
    ALB
    Keymaster

    THe full name of "The Socialist Party of Great Britain".

    #126126
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    We have been invited to participate in a 'Brexit' hustings in Guildford on Tuesday, 25 April at The Guildford Institute between 7.15 and 8.30pm.All the parties with candidates in the five Guildford town divisions have been invited to send representatives to this meeting. The Surrey Advertiser has agreed to support the meeting with coverage and publicity.The Guildford Institute is situated in Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH which is about ten minutes walk from Guildford rail station.

    #126127
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    gnome wrote:
    Also in Folkestone outside or near the Town Hall, at the junction of Sandgate Road and Guildhall Street, CT20 1DYon Saturday, 22 April from 12 noon

    It is also hoped, subject to the members being available, to hold a stall in Folkestone on Monday, 1 May from 12 noon.

    #126128
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    ALB wrote:
    West London branch, in conjunction with comrades living there and elsewhere in Surrey, is standing a candidate in Guildford in the county council elections in Surrey where in the 1980s there was a very active Party branch. Although Surrey was part of the South East Region for the 2014 Euroelections, it was the only country where we didn't arrange for Royal Mail to distribute our election manifesto, which is one reason why we will be using the wording of that manifesto. But we'll have to distribute it ourselves since there is no free postal distribution in local elections.

    This is the leaflet we'll be distributing in Guildford.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    #126129
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Local Sussex paper lists candidates standing for East Sussex County Council:http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/politics/lewes-county-council-election-candidates-revealed-1-7901930

    #126130
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    gnome wrote:
     This is the leaflet we'll be distributing in Guildford.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

     Can anyone turn this int an audio Track?

    #126131
    robbo203
    Participant
    gnome wrote:
    ALB wrote:
    West London branch, in conjunction with comrades living there and elsewhere in Surrey, is standing a candidate in Guildford in the county council elections in Surrey where in the 1980s there was a very active Party branch. Although Surrey was part of the South East Region for the 2014 Euroelections, it was the only country where we didn't arrange for Royal Mail to distribute our election manifesto, which is one reason why we will be using the wording of that manifesto. But we'll have to distribute it ourselves since there is no free postal distribution in local elections.

    This is the leaflet we'll be distributing in Guildford.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

     Good leaflet – snappy short with just enough information to make one want to read more.  I would be interested to know what sort of response this leaflet elicits  And if you come across anyone who might remember Guildford Branch back in the 1980s….

    #126132
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Letter published in today's Weekly Worker:

    Quote:
    BrandingAs the Socialist Party candidate in Guildford West in this May’s Surrey county council elections, I note that Paul Demarty is urging workers there to vote for the Labour candidate and his pathetic slogan of “Say no to 4.99% council tax increases” (‘The Socialist Party’s decision to stand candidates in May is delusional’, April 6).The Militant Tendency, (standing as Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), has a candidate in Staines for these elections, but he is standing on the ‘transitional demand’ of capitalism in a slump without austerity, whereas we are standing on the socialist ‘maximum programme’ of the common ownership and democratic control of the means of wealth production, with production solely for use and distribution according to needs. The Socialist Party is also standing candidates in Kent and in East Sussex.Adam BuickSocialist Party of Great Britain
    #126133
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    NEWS RELEASETo: The News Desk, Kent on Sunday (Shepway Edition)

    Quote:
    Socialists say ‘big change’ is needed to solve care crisisIn its manifesto for the Kent County Council election on 4th May, The Socialist Party of Great Britain claims that solving the crisis in health and social care will require far bigger change than the other parties are suggesting."Ever since the NHS was founded, both Labour and Tory governments have been forced from time to time to cut spending on health to improve their finances. However well-meaning they may be, none of their policies can change this”, the Party claims.The Socialist Party, which campaigns for the shared and democratic ownership of the earth’s resources, with all goods and services produced for use rather than for profit, is standing two candidates in Folkestone.Max Hess, candidate for Folkestone East, said “The current crisis in the health care market is a pressing example of why change is necessary. Why are there longer waiting times for medical treatment, increasing delays in ambulances and warnings of a collapse in social care?”“The problem is today’s outdated system where finance determines what can, and cannot happen. Funding has been cut while the number of people over the age of 85 rose by a third. Now Kent faces even more cuts in health and social care of up to £486 million,” he added.“Capitalism and its monetary calculations have created an artificial shortage of services to treat and care for patients. We suggest a better way,” said Andy Thomas, candidate for Folkestone West. “At a time when we can easily feed, house and care for every human on the planet, it no longer makes sense to use money to ration access to everything we need. When the majority of people agree, we can peacefully change that. We are asking for change to start in Folkestone on May 4th.”Robert CoxElection AgentThe Socialist Party Of Great Britain
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