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BY- ELECTION RESULTS AGAIN SHOW NEED FOR NEW LEFT PARTY
For immediate use 20 July 2007
Yesterday’s by-election results in Southall and Sedgefield continued recent political trends. The Tories were demoted into 3rd place in both by-elections, Labour retained their rock solid seats, but with massively reduced majorities. The Liberals picked up the opposition vote in both seats.
“These results once again show that Labour is fast losing its core working class support,” CNWP Press Officer Pete McLaren claimed today. “They also confirm that it is not the Tories who are benefiting as the main Parliamentary opposition party should do – finishing any suggestion of a ‘Cameron effect’. The Liberal Democrats benefit in the short term because, in opposition, they make a few radical noises – but once in power, as we have in seen in local government, the Liberals rule just like Labour and Tory, pushing through cuts and privatisation. There is a vacuum on the left of British politics, and that is why we are working to build a new workers’ party which can unite the left and give people a real choice at elections.”
“One other point of concern was that the BNP came 4th in Sedgefield, with 8.6% of the vote,” added CNWP Chair and Socialist councillor Dave Nellist. “A new left party is needed to challenge the myth that the BNP are a radical protest option. The BNP remains racist, homophobic and divisive – despite its occasional statements to the contrary. It does not take a genius to work out why they stood in predominantly ‘white’ Sedgefield, but not in Southall,” he concluded.
Pete McLaren CNWP Press Officer
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237