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Blackshirts and blazers: the rise of the kipper
Blackshirts and blazers: the rise of the kipper

The BNP are down and out. They’ve lost the three seats they were trying to defend and Burnley is a nazi-free zone again for the first time since 2002. After three years of bitter infighting and incompetence their vote across the country has dried up. It says something of the degeneration of a party that once […]

Night of the deep sighs
Night of the deep sighs

So the votes are cast, the BBC outside broadcasting van is out of bacon sandwiches and a host of unsuccessful candidates and sloping off home to cry into a pillow. The big news is that ukip has managed to capitalise on the discontent within the Tory Party provoked by Cameron’s touchy feely, metrosexual leadership and his softly, softly attitude towards […]

Vote for change
Vote for change

by Jim Jepps   Today, we need a vote for change. A vote that helps those trying to make the world a better place gain a foothold in British politics. Don’t vote to keep ukip out, to keep the BNP out or even to keep the Tories out, all that will take care of itself. The crisis […]

Into the twitter-zone!
Into the twitter-zone!

In keeping with these so called modern times The Left Vote has set up one of those new fangled tweet-o-matic thingies. You can find us at @theleftvote where we will not be informing you of what we’ve had for breakfast, but we will highlight new posts, by-election results, interesting articles and pieces of news from all over […]

Predictions for Thursday?
Predictions for Thursday?

by Jim Jepps As we beginning the last week of campaigning let’s make a few predictions for Thursday night. In politics people have a little bit of a habit of playing their cards close to their chest and then after the fact, no matter what the result claiming a great victory. It’s a good discipline to have an […]

Interview: Mary Jackson, fighting for Doncaster
Interview: Mary Jackson, fighting for Doncaster

The Left Vote spoke to socialist (TUSC) candidate for Mayor of Doncaster, Mary Jackson, about her campaign, her vision for Doncaster and what it’s like to have an English Democrat in charge of your town. Q. What is your top priority for Doncaster? A massive house building project. Since Thatcher introduced the bill to enable tenants to […]

Politics needs women – a personal view
Politics needs women – a personal view

by Sam Riches As a county councillor in Lancashire I sit on a number of committees, and I recently witnessed a sub-committee being set up which was entirely composed of men, both elected members and co-opted representatives of outside bodies. When I questioned the committee chair about this, pointing out it is bad practice to […]

Labour broadcast conjures spirit of the Ordinary Joe
Labour broadcast conjures spirit of the Ordinary Joe

Having looked at the Green broadcast the other day it’s now time to examine the way Labour using film to campaign, because it’s fascinating; Once again we have an over-all well put together broadcast with a few random rough edges thrown into the mix. In this case the rough edges are in the form of Ed Miliband, but I suppose […]

Anti-cuts candidates stand across Warwickshire
Anti-cuts candidates stand across Warwickshire

by Pete McLaren   The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in 20 of the 52 County divisions in Warwickshire on May 2nd.  This includes all eight in Rugby, and eleven out of fourteen in Nuneaton.  TUSC is also standing in Leamington for the first time The drive for such a good spread […]

The Green Party election broadcast
The Green Party election broadcast

Tonight the Green Party County Council election broadcast will air on national TV, it’s already available on YouTube for those who’d like a sneak preview. Having just watched the broadcast I have two immediate thoughts. First, it’s fairly well put together (the editing’s a little bit clunky in places and the green moss wall thing worked for […]

Welcome to The Left Vote
Welcome to The Left Vote

Hello and welcome to The Left Vote a site that hopes to bring you, over the next few years, all the information you could ever need on left of Labour candidates standing for election in Britain. Along with highlighting where your nearest left candidate is at any given election we’ll also be debating results, discussing […]

There is a space for hope
There is a space for hope

Right now the left has a lot on its plate and a very small spoon to eat with. Our forces are more fractured than they have  been for some time and the Coalition’s offensive is bull-dozering any half-hearted opposition that Labour occasionally give. However, Left Vote editor  Jim Jepps argues, there is a space to be hopeful.   […]

The results are in… Left candidates by region
The results are in... Left candidates by region

The County Council (and town council) elections are taking place across England, but not Wales or Scotland, with the exception of London whose council elections take place next year. There is a Mayoral election in Doncaster, which is definitely one to watch! And one in North Tyneside that isn’t. For the listings of the left candidates […]

Towards a Parliamentary by-election strategy
Towards a Parliamentary by-election strategy

by Jim Jepps Not every by-election has led to a landslide victory for the left in the way Galloway stormed to victory in Bradford. In fact, it’s the only time that’s ever happened so we may want to take a little step back and think about having an actual by-election strategy. You see playing it by ear […]

Is the left thinking about next year’s Euros?
Is the left thinking about next year's Euros?

On the 22nd of May next year (2014) the European elections across Europe will be likely to deliver shock waves to the austerity agenda. Or at the very least give it a shot across the bows. While the results from Spain, Greece, and Italy will be the most eye-catching the British left will almost certainly decide, at […]