Nellist welcomes left wing victory in Greece
The following press release has been issued regarding the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections. We would also direct readers to this interview with a member of the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Greece carried out before the election, which outlines the policies and approach that we are putting forward for Syriza.
The Socialist Party will be holding meetings in Coventry over the coming weeks regarding the victory of Syriza and what it means for us here, if you would like more information about these meetings please call 07530 429441.
Commenting on exit polls this evening which indicate Greece’s left-wing party Syriza is heading for election victory, Dave Nellist leader of TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition) said:
“The win for the anti-austerity party Syriza in today’s Greek elections will reverberate around Europe.
“Millions of workers in other countries also suffering cuts in living standards and rising unemployment – whilst facing a rich elite which has successfully protected itself from recession – will ask ‘if they can do it in Greece, why can’t we do it here?’
“On May 7 we intend to stand over 100 parliamentary candidates and 1000 council candidates in Britain’s elections, all challenging in the same way as Greek workers have done the idea from all the big parties promoting austerity that “there is no alternative”.
“There is: Greece has proved it today, and where Greece has led others will follow.”
Notes for editors:
A conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launched the biggest left-of-Labour challenge since 1945 on Saturday, January 24th. TUSC is well on its way to fulfilling its aim to field 1,000 candidates in the local council elections and to stand 100 candidates for Westminster.
The conference featured former Labour councillors, now with TUSC, who had been kicked out of the party for voting against cuts.
Dave Nellist, former socialist Labour MP for Coventry South East from 1983 to 1992, was expelled from the Labour Party for his socialist views and consistent opposition to Tory policies such as the Poll Tax.
TUSC was co-founded in 2010 by the late Bob Crow of the transport union, RMT, together with the Socialist Party, the SWP, and other socialist groups, to provide an electoral alternative for those opposing austerity.
TUSC candidates will be available for interview at the Greek embassy in London at 6pm, Monday January 26th when anti-austerity candidates for Britain’s May elections will be among those celebrating the Greek election result.
For information, reports of the candidates conference and more, lists of candidates and video clips about TUSC: www.tusc.org.uk
For interviews and any other information requests, please email: TUSC2015media@gmail.com or call Clive Heemskirk, TUSC national election agent on 020 8988 8773 or 079 89 360 158
Follow TUSC on Twitter: @TUSCoalition