Party co-founded by Bob Crow to launch manifesto

A left-wing party co-founded by the late RMT union chief Bob Crow is set to launch its manifesto today, calling for an end to austerity and bringing banks and railways back into public ownership.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Alliance (TUSC) has more than 130 parlimentary candidates standing in England, Wales and Scotland, as well as around 600 standing in local elections.

Late RMT union leader Bob Crow co-founded TUSC in 2010 Credit: PA

Among its pledges are new rights for trade unions, a £10 per hour minimum wage, and scrapping student fees.

Former Labour MP Dave Nellist is chairman of the party, which was set up in 2010 shortly before the last general election.

The thing about the four biggest parties is how little difference there really is between them - Labour, Tory, Lib Dem and Ukip all intend to 'balance the books' after the bankers crashed the economy by making ordinary people pay - not the bankers.

Our starting point is that TUSC is 100 per cent against austerity. This is a rich country, the fifth richest on the planet. It's just that the wealth is in the wrong hands - in the hands of a few millionaires and billionaires.

The rich should pay to sort out the economic mess, not the ordinary people of England, Scotland and Wales.

– Dave Nellist, TUSC chairman