Former Militant Labour MP to stand in Birmingham Erdington by-election

A FORMER backbench colleague of Jeremy Corbyn will contest the seat of Birmingham Erdington – against the Labour party.

Dave Nellist, the MP for Coventry South East from 1983 to 1992, will stand for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the upcoming by-election.

Nellist, who was known for his support for the Militant tendency in Labour during the 1980s, was a parliamentary colleague of former party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Although TUSC stood back from parliamentary contests during Corbyn’s leadership, they have since resumed electoral activity to provide a socialist alternative to Keir Starmer’s Labour.

Nellist said: “With Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour welcoming a Tory MP into the parliamentary party last week – while confirming Jeremy Corbyn’s exclusion from the PLP at its national executive committee meeting on January 25th – it couldn’t be clearer that the interests of Britain’s wealthy establishment will be in safe hands if and when they decide to move on from Boris Johnson’s disintegrating premiership.

“Starmer is so obviously not on our side.

“Red Tories, Blue Tories or Yellow Tories carrying out policies against the interests of the working class majority cannot expect to be unchallenged at the ballot box.”

TUSC most recently ran in the London Assembly elections, racking up over 9,000 votes in the regional ballot.

How the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition are hoping to push Starmer’s Labour left

They also regularly contest council by-elections on an anti-austerity, progressive platform.

Redaction will bring you all the latest from the upcoming by-election, which does not yet have a confirmed date.

It was called after the death of Jack Dromey.

Labour announced this week that their candidate will be Paulette Wilson.

Featured Image: TUSC

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