Ken Loach backs new party in London elections
Film director Ken Loach is backing the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in this May’s London Assembly elections.
Loach recently celebrated his 75th birthday with a week-long retrospective at the BFI Southbank. His films have won international acclaim, from Kes to Looking for Eric. In 2006 Loach won the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes film festival for The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
He is supporting socialist barrister Nick Wrack and the other candidates standing for the newly formed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
Ken Loach said:
“I’m supporting the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the London Assembly elections because we need to elect representatives who will fight for the interests of ordinary people. People need jobs with real wages and public services that are properly funded and democratically accountable. They need secure homes and cheap and efficient transport. Mainstream politicians are stuck in an old routine and have no answer to these demands. That is why I am supporting Nick Wrack and the others on the TUSC London list. Let’s get them elected!”
Alex Gordon, president of the RMT rail union, heads the coalition’s list for the Assembly, and would be elected if the coalition wins 5 per cent of the vote across London.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow is another leading figure behind the coalition.
TUSC has also obtained the support of the FBU firefighters’ union’s London region. The FBU disaffiliated from the Labour Party in 2004 following the party’s opposition to the union’s national pay strike.