Breaking News TUSC Win!!! in Maltby North


372 Bawtry Road, Hellaby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8EY

ROBINSON 303 Votes Elected
3 Willow Road, Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8DT
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

A huge thank you to both candidates, for giving democracy some valuable exercise. Our congratulations go to the winner Joe Robinson, a record breaker in Rotherham and we believe the first win for a TUSC candidate, anywhere!

11 thoughts on “Breaking News TUSC Win!!! in Maltby North

  1. I wish Joe well. I hope he has an endless supply of plasters as he might need them to stop the blood flow caused by hitting his head against a wall. Parish & Town Council’s can be the most frustrating places.
    Good luck Joe I hope you can bring some life into your Council.


  2. It might only be Maltby Town Council (MTC). It was only a by-election. There’s only 3,000 electors. Only a 16.5% turn-out. And only two candidates.
    But you can only beat the opposition put in front of you, and last night Joe Robinson did just that. Standing for Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, young Socialist Party member Joe was elected by 303 votes to 201, taking 60% of votes cast.
    His opposition was an ‘independent’ without description on the ballot paper, but in reality the Labour candidate whom the ruling group on MTC had tried to co-opt when a vacancy arose.
    But Joe collected the ten signatures necessary to force a by-election, and TUSC ran an enthusiastic and visible campaign with two ward-wide leaflets, posters and several high street stalls.
    Local issues such as the bowling greens, tennis courts, parks and the High street were linked to the need to make a stand against Con-Dem cuts including those passed on by Rotherham borough Labour Council.
    Our main issue was TUSC’s ongoing campaign against the draconian cuts being proposed at Rotherham hospital. TUSC had lobbied the January Trust board meeting with 3,000 signatures gaining much media publicity and making links with the hospital trade unions.
    Maltby is now an ex-mining town as the pit is just shutting with the loss of 550 jobs. A quarter of its population has left in the last decade. A small Labour clique has run MTC for decades and the BNP temporarily won a borough council seat four years ago.
    Joe, only 21, was like a breath of fresh air to the tired old local politicians and TUSC’s appeal to trade unionists and socialists went down well in a strong working class community. Interestingly, postal votes accounted for nearly 80% of the votes cast with nearly half registered postal voters actually voting. This shows that TUSC’s first leaflet struck a real chord with disillusioned Labour supporters.
    This victory must be just the beginning. Joe’s co-campaigner 17yo Shaun Barratt has joined the Socialist Party and wants to stand as a TUSC candidate next time. They want to build a branch here.
    This year is the 40th anniversary of Clay Cross council’s defiance of the Tory Housing Finance Act in 1973. Clay Cross was only an Urban District Council of 10,000 yet made an historic stand. Maltby is bigger than Clay Cross, and who knows this by-election victory could be the start of something much bigger for TUSC.


  3. I would have loved to see Labour win however well done Joe and wishing you every success in serving the people of Maltby.


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