Croydon Communist Party met this week to agree the key election message for Ben Stevenson’s general election campaign in Croydon North:
For a people’s Britain, not a bankers’ Britain – the people of Croydon cannot afford capitalism
Ben Stevenson also became the first candidate to declare his support for the entire ten point programme endorsed this week by Croydon TUC. This calls on candidates to commit, if elected, to vote in parliament to:
- End cuts in public services, pensions and welfare and restore grants for students.
- Replace the minimum wage with a living wage – currently £9.15 per hour in London and £7.85 per hour elsewhere
- Take public utilities including railways back into public ownership.
- Cease the underfunding and back-door privatisation of the NHS.
- Repeal all anti-trade union legislation.
- Scrap Trident and oppose any more military adventures.
- Bring all state education, including academies and free schools, back under the democratic control of local authorities.
- Build council houses and reform the private sector with rent controls and security of tenure.
- Oppose TTIP.
- Pay for this programme by taxing the rich and clamping down on tax avoidance and evasion by businesses.
Pressure will now fall on other candidates in Croydon to declare where they stand on these issues. True progressives will, of course, have little difficulty in endorsing the entire programme, while the Tories, their doomed former collaborators the Lib Dems and the UKIP uber-Tories will recoil at the very thought of endorsing any of them. It will, however, be interesting to see if any of the Labour candidates have enough socialist principles left and independence of mind to endorse any of these policies. We shall have to wait and see.