New political party targets council seats

A POLITICAL party is launching a new branch in Blyth to oppose council cuts.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) party was formed from the trade unions and the Socialist Party.

It has said it will oppose cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions, as well as rejecting increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.

The group is holding a meeting in Blyth this weekend to launch the new branch.

A TUSC member said: “We feel that the three main parties no longer represent us anymore.

“We are workers, voters, some of us have had our jobs taken away, and all the main three parties are offering us is suffering.

“It’s as if everyone has forgotten that it was the banks that caused the crisis.

“TUSC are taking a stand against the cuts, and suggest that if more money is needed to run our services, we should be taxing big businesses properly, and not taking money from those least able to bear it.”

The public meeting will take place at the Blyth Resource Initiative Centre at The Eric Tolhurst Centre in Blyth, from 10am to noon on Saturday.

The guest speaker will be Elaine Brunskill.