TUSC announces candidate for Liverpool Mayor

The Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition announced today they are fielding Roger Bannister for the Liverpool City Regional mayoral election taking place on 4th May. TUSC is also fielding candidates at council by-elections in Liverpool and on the Wirral.

Roger Bannister stood for Liverpool city mayor last year and won 4950 votes, beating the Tories and far-right candidates. Roger is pledging to take only a “workers’ wage” if elected city region mayor, donating the rest to campaigns and workers’ struggles. Roger said:

I am about opposing austerity, defending the guards on the Merseyrail trains and keeping LiverpoolWomen’s Hospital open. The city region mayor should be standing up for the people of the region who deserve investment into public services and a better future, not endless austerity.

Labour is pushing through the ‘driver only operation’ on Merseyrail to the point where rail-workers feel no alternative but to strike on the 8th April. Labour is wobbling over hospital closures but united on making more cuts to council-run services. TUSCand I have no such doubts: we support the rail guards, we defend our hospitals, we keep our council services.

Our message is clear: no more austerity, no more cutbacks, closures and job losses. We need to stand up to the Tories and their super-rich mates, who are responsible for the economic savagery unleashed on the living standards of the many across the city region.

– Roger Bannister