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Tories crow over Bury victory - fight for a working class alternative
For the first time in 21 years the Tories took control of the council in Bury, Greater Manchester. David Cameron made the news headlines with a photo opportunity under the statue of Sir Robert Peel, founder of the Tory party, who was born there.
Paul Gerrard, Manchester CNWP
Labour have no-one to blame but themselves. In 2006 they stubbornly tried to close two high schools serving deprived areas. The Save Our Schools campaign stood in six wards and displaced two Labour councillors. At the time Labour gave the impression the sky would fall in if there was no ‘rationalisation’ of school places. Two years on, both schools are open and doing fine, and no other school has been identified for closure. This issue cost Labour dearly and the Lib Dems (busy closing schools in towns like Cardiff) made huge capital out of it.
In 2007 Labour lost control of the council but the Tories had no overall majority and were dependent on deals with the Lib Dems. However last Thursday Labour lost three seats to the Tories and one to the Lib Dems, giving the Tories their tally of 26 seats to Labour’s 16, with the Lib Dems on nine.
The BNP stood in eight wards, more than ever before, winning nearly 500 votes in each of the three wards in Radcliffe, a declining mill town and former Labour heartland.
Labour won only two out of nine seats in the southern part of the borough. Ivan Lewis, Labour MP for Bury South, must be getting worried. As Minister for Care Services he has repeatedly been lobbied by striking mental health workers over the sacking of leading trade unionist and health cuts whistle-blower Karen Reissmann. He has consistently refused to intervene but now that panic is setting in among Labour MPs scared of losing their seats he has the cheek to say:
“You need to be absolutely clear about the mainstream majority's definition of fairness and standing up for hard-working families."
We know what’s fair and what’s not. We also know who stands up for 'hard-working families' and all working class people – and it’s not New Labour or any of the establishment parties. Ivan Lewis might soon be finding out for himself how it feels to get the sack.
We need to fight for a new mass workers' party and make sure he's booted out in favour of a candidate that stands up for working class peoples interests!