Waltham Forest TUSC candidate Nancy Taaffe of High Street ward says her party's expansion has shaken the political establishment in Waltham Forest

Local election a 'watershed' claims let-wing alliance

Local election a 'watershed' claims let-wing alliance

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A candidate standing for a left-wing alliance, which is fielding candidates in every ward in Waltham Forest, says today's election is a "watershed" for the borough.

Nancy Taaffe, is one of 33 candidates representing the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) party across all 20 wards.

The former librarian and candidate in High Street ward says the expansion from just two wards in 2010 represents the "shaking of the political establishment".

She added: "I can honestly say I don't know who's calling this election.

“It's a watershed and will be a turning point for councillors who previously took their vote for granted.

"Being able to get our list together and fielding so many candidates is a huge achievement for us and whether we win seats or not, this election has been pivotal in creating a space for minority parties."

The party’s candidates include RMT Union members, Whipps Cross Hospital workers and Leytonstone Fire Brigades Union (FBU) branch manager, Tim Roedel.

Ms Taaffe is standing against 14 other candidates, including Labour councillor and portfolio member for community safety, Liaquat Ali, who she claims does not represent the community.

She added: "In High Street and Markhouse, we've campaigned harder than other parties and I've found there are strong feelings against Cllr Ali.

"He has strong business interests and is removed from normal life.

"I believe councillors shouldn't take huge expenses or pay rises or see their position as a stepping stone for bettering themselves."

A spokesman for the Labour party said: "Nancy Taaffe doesn't care about the people of Walthamstow, she only cares about her political career, and voters will find that out for themselves tomorrow."

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4:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

They will not have a cats chance. Waste of time.
They will not have a cats chance. Waste of time. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 8

6:16pm Thu 22 May 14

James O'Rourke says...

Nancy Taaffe and her ultra left colleagues complain lots but offer no solutions.

In regards Mr Ali Labour in High Street must be worried. Ali family using Polyjuice! http://t.co/N26PGvyB
Zi
Nancy Taaffe and her ultra left colleagues complain lots but offer no solutions. In regards Mr Ali Labour in High Street must be worried. Ali family using Polyjuice! http://t.co/N26PGvyB Zi James O'Rourke
  • Score: 13

10:37am Fri 23 May 14

James O'Rourke says...

Oh dear Nancy - watershed? More like drip!
Oh dear Nancy - watershed? More like drip! James O'Rourke
  • Score: 1

10:49am Fri 23 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

James O'Rourke wrote:
Oh dear Nancy - watershed? More like drip!
A complete damp squib. Back to the drawing or ironing board.
[quote][p][bold]James O'Rourke[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Nancy - watershed? More like drip![/p][/quote]A complete damp squib. Back to the drawing or ironing board. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

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