Trades Union candidate wants to put questions to Miliband

Ed Miliband visits Croydon on Thursday afternoon to speak to the borough’s Black and Minority Ethnic Forum.

Glen Hart: TUSC candidate with questions for Ed Miliband

Glen Hart: TUSC candidate with questions for Ed Miliband

“I wonder, during his flying visit, whether Mr Miliband and his ‘One Nation Labour’ party can re-assure attendees about some crucial issues affecting the lives of the people of Croydon,” Glen Hart said.

“Or will he waffle with weasel words?”

Hart was recently selected as the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, or TUSC, parliamentary candidate for Croydon North.

He has the formidable task of taking on one of Miliband’s newest Labour MPs, Steve Reed OBE, and his 12,000-vote majority at the General Election next May.

Hart is a 43-year-old father of three who stood as a TUSC candidate in the local elections last May. A member of the RMT transport union, Hart believes that cuts in public services and austerity policies are causing living standards to plummet, whilst boosting the material wealth of the richest.

Hart and the TUSC is calling for a universal £10 an hour minimum wage, and for a reversal of the Tories’ cuts in public expenditure, and the reductions in services and jobs which are caused by that.

Hart’s party also supports the renationalisation of British Rail to replace the fragmented and highly subsidised privatised system; the renationalisation of the energy and other utility companies, to be run as public services; and to reverse the involvement of profit-seeking private finance in the NHS.

“I have lived in Croydon all my life and raised my family here. I have seen Croydon neglected by both Tory and Labour councils pursuing pro-business policies, and I believe that it’s about time working people have the opportunity of voting for a candidate who is one of their own,” Hart said.

“The previous Tory council dismantled and privatised Croydon services. One Nation Labour did nothing effective to oppose them. And they are doing precious little now.

“I am a socialist. I want to see policies that benefit working people and their families. I want to see a reversal of the cuts in public services and in jobs.

“Britain needs a pay rise – and that means Britain’s working people. I would propose a national minimum wage of £10 an hour – with no exceptions and no get-out clauses. Those wages would not only lift people out of poverty (and also save on low income-based benefits), but the extra money would also go straight back into the economy and boost jobs and employment.”

Hart said, “People are disenchanted with politics and corruption. While canvassing for the local council elections, I often encountered people who viewed politics as a dirty business – seeing politics as a playground for millionaires, with their banker friends and corporate interests.

“I will fight that. That’s why I’ll be standing as a workers’ MP on a worker’s wage. I won’t be taking the generous MPs’ salary. I’ll draw whatever is the average skilled workers wage at that time. I do not want to lose sight of the day-to-day problems of working people. This will keep me in touch.”


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3 Responses to Trades Union candidate wants to put questions to Miliband

  1. Ken Towl says:

    This guy should be in the Labour Party.

  2. He put Ed on the spot. This chap can be a good candidate but he is wasting his time with the unions as he is never going to get elected

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