A new political party has vowed to fight for Sheffield council seats after being delighted with its by-election performance.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition was only established in 2010, but came fourth in the recent Sheffield Council by-election – ahead of the Liberal Democrats – despite never having stood in the ward before.
Alan Munro, who stood in Arbourthorne for the TUSC, said: “This vote shows there is a big section of working class people who are fed up of all the pro-austerity mainstream parties, and especially disillusioned with a Labour council that is meekly passing on the Tory cuts to childrens centres, libraries, leisure facilities etc.
“Our socialist message of fighting back against the cuts got a positive response.”
The TUSC polled 204 votes, behind Labour’s Mike Drabble with 1,398 and UKIP’s Bob Sheridan with 482 and just nine votes behind Conservative Peter Smith in third.
Liberal Democrat Susan Ross was fifth with 161 votes, ahead of Green Party candidate Jennyfer Barnard, with 143 and English Democrat David Wildgoose, with 75.
The TUSC said it would now be ‘fielding a widespread anti-cuts challenge in May’s council elections, standing in at least half of Sheffield’s wards’.
Alistair Tice, TUSC agent, said: “We appeal to anti-cuts campaigners, trade unionists and socialists to join us as part of the biggest Left of Labour electoral challenge for at least 50 years.
“Capitalism, austerity and cuts are not working for the majority of us.
“We need to build a positive socialist alternative.”
n Anyone interested in standing for the TUSC can visit www.tusc.org.uk