In the coming general election;
who should the left support?
Socialist Unity Network has recently formulated its position on the up
and coming general election. We thought this may be of interest to some
of our readers so we reprint here Socialist Unity’s formal position for
the 2005 General Election.
VOTE LEFT IN 2005
We support all the left of Labour candidates in the 2005
In the cases where the left has chosen to stand candidates against each
other we ask them to get together and sort out who is the most
the cases where there are more than one left candidate in any area (for
example the north and south constituencies of a town) we encourage those
candidates to hold joint meetings and invite each other to speak at
their rallies in order to make visible left unity in action.
Where this cannot be done we wish all the left well, advertise them all
where possible, and allow people to make their own minds up about their
We will try to provide as comprehensive a service as possible for the
coming elections showing people where their nearest left candidate is
and how to contribute to their campaigns.
Where the official Labour candidate has a clear and vocal left record we
would ask the left to support these candidates and to do what they can
to help them get selected as the PPC.
Where the official Green candidate has a clear and vocal left record we
would ask the left to seriously consider actively supporting these
aim to help left wing independents stand in both the general election
and the county council elections.
way we can do this is to offer them the use of the electoral name
impose few conditions on candidates using this name - only that they are
socialist and are not standing against a more credible socialist.
name Socialist Unity is not intended to be yet another party of the
left, simply an acknowledgement that many on the left have no party they
are comfortable in, but are still of the movement, for the movement and
committed to social justice.