TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC)
NEWS RELEASE – 6 OCTOBER 2016
Merseyside TUSC has responded to recent comments by Labour Party candidate for Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in an interview with the Financial Times where he suggested that Labour ‘will become more Blairite again’.
Merseyside TUSC metro-mayoral spokesperson Roger Bannister says:
‘Such a swing back to Blairism as Steve suggests could happen if the Labour Party structures remain in the hands of the Blairites, and the 170 right wing MPs who organised against Jeremy Corbyn continue in post. A swing back to Blairism can be avoided by defeating the Blairites through democratic deselection of right-wing ‘New Labour’ MPs, and the restoration of basic democracy within the Labour party.
‘Socialists such as myself, excluded in 1986 from the Labour party by the Kinnockites for the “crime” of standing up to Thatcher, should be allowed to rejoin. Socialist organisations should be allowed to affiliate and put forward their ideas. I would hope that Steve Rotheram would share this aspiration and I will contact him and ask him to join me in this objective.
I also believe we need a socialist metro-mayor who will use the powers of the position to oppose austerity and who will stand up for the people of Merseyside against the corporate sharks looking to profiteer from public spending contracts.
For further information contact
Daren Ireland on 07787128498 – Dave Walsh on 07969511796 – Tony Mulhearn on 07939098455