Hackney Central, May 2006

Students: Walking the walk

By Daniel Randall, national union of students executive

MY Labour Students colleagues on the NUS National Executive Committee (along with several of the “Independents”) spent much of their time during the local election campaigns in Tower Hamlets, trying to stop Respect from getting elected. Fair enough - Blairite activists will campaign for Blairite candidates, although why they thought fighting Respect in Tower Hamlets was a more important use of their time than fighting the BNP in Barking and Dagenham is somewhat beyond me.

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A strong socialist vote in Hackney

Janine Booth and Charlie MacDonald, Workers' Liberty members standing as Socialist Unity candidates in Hackney Central ward on 4 May, received 260 and 161 votes - roughly 11% and 7%, depending on how you calculate it in a three-seat ward. Despite a doubling of the Tory vote on the back of the national Tory revival, Janine beat all three Tory candidates. She received almost the same vote as in 2002, when she won 271 votes as a Socialist Alliance candidate.

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Why the Tories were winners on 4 May

by Colin Foster

THE election-figures expert John Curtice reckons that the 4 May local government poll outcome “was not a disaster for Labour” (Independent, 6 May).

Labour got the equivalent of 26% of a general election vote. That was low, but exactly the same as what Labour got in 2004 — before its 2005 general election victory.

Governing parties, these days, can lose out heavily in mid-term local government elections, and still go on to win general elections.

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Hackney Central election result

A really good result for us in Hackney. I got 260 (11%), Charlie got 161 (7%). I beat the Tories. Full result below.

We have held up the socialist vote from four years ago despite the sad demise of the Socialist Alliance (and despite extensive gentrification of the ward, and the Labour council not making any cuts this year).

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4-page leaflet sets out local election platform

Socialist Unity campaigners are delivering this leaflet to every voter in Hackney Central ward. It presses home the point that our candidates are socialist campaigners standing up for working-class interests, with comments on local issues from schools to mobile phone masts.

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The campaign won’t be over when it’s over!

The Socialist Unity campaign in Hackney Central — where AWL members Janine Booth and Charlie MacDonald are standing — isn’t just about winning votes. We want to help working-class people in Hackney organise to fight back against attacks from their employers, their landlords and the government. And there are certainly plenty of attacks to fight.

Just before the election, on 2 and 3 May, Hackney benefit workers including Charlie McDonald will take action against their managers’ attempts to force through job losses without even a compulsory redundancy agreement.

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RMT backs socialist candidate

In the Hackney Central ward in London the AWL is fielding two "Socialist Unity" candidates on 4 May. Janine Booth is chair of the local Aspland and Marcon Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association. Charlie MacDonald works in the Jobcentre the ward.

Janine works on the London Underground. On Monday, RMT's national executive voted unanimously to back her candidature for Hackney Council. This is the first time that RMT has backed any non-Labour candidate in England (it has backed the SSP in Scotland, and John Marek and Peter Law in Wales).

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Vote Socialist Unity - Defying disillusion

Charlie McDonald, an activist in the civil service union PCS, will be standing alongside local tenants' leader (and RMT union activist) Janine Booth for Socialist Unity in Hackney Central ward, east London, in the council elections on 4 May.

Charlie works at the Department of Work and Pensions Hackney processing centre, in the ward. He told Solidarity: "From my work, I can see that conditions are hard for working-class people in this area.

"If you go in to the Job Centres, all the jobs available are low-paid - security guards, office temps, that sort of thing.

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A workers’ voice on Hackney council

Janine Booth is standing as a Socialist Unity candidate in Hackney Central in the forthcoming local government elections. In the next few issues of Solidarity Janine will outline the politics of her campaign.

Why am I standing? Well, first and foremost, because there are so many issues that socialists need to address in working class communities like the one where I live in Hackney.

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Why Vote Janine Booth and Charlie McDonald, Socialist Unity?

The Council has put Hackney up for sale. Voting for Charlie and Janine will tell them that you want public services not private greed, people not profit. Janine and Charlie will be outspoken and defiant voices in the Council Chamber, standing up for the issues that matter to you:


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End the Town Hall gravy train

  • stop fat-cat salaries to Town Hall chiefs.
  • no more unearned ‘expenses’.

New schools yes - private sponsors no!

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Why We're Voting Socialist Unity

“I’ve turned 18 this year, so I get to vote for the first time. Mainstream politicians aren’t interested in young people except to criticise us. There are very few facilities for youth in this area – especially for older kids.

“I’m voting for Janine because she’s always stuck up for the youth. She’s a good role model and is positive. She looks out for young people’s interests.

“Janine is not judgemental – she sees us for who we are.”

Nicky Laville


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