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Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK


Alternative Labour List



The Alternative Labour List is standing candidates in the East Midlands region and the Yorkshire & the Humber region.

Its East Midlands list of candidates is headed by Ken Coates MEP, who was elected to the European Parliament as a Labour MEP.

He was expelled from the Labour group in the European Parliament last year after publicly disagreeing with government policy.

Alternative Labour List

Manifesto: "One for all, all for one."

The Alternative Labour List was set up to organise the "wide sectors of the population who are the direct victims of New Labour's declared subordination to the market, and the 'dynamism of enterprise', which all too often grinds down our own people and despoils our countryside".

"We have concluded that the appropriate challenge in the European elections should seek to bring about an alliance of those social and environmental groups who have been opposing the impact of adverse market decisions and greedy entrepreneurs, however 'dynamic' they may be.

"So that, for the elections of 1999, the Alternative Labour list seeks to enable pensioners, students, the disabled and a multitude of environmental defence groups to make common cause for electoral support."

"We do not seek to create a new party, but we are anxious to put pressure on the Labour government to return to its roots, and to return to its long-term commitments to these constituencies."

The Alternative Labour List's priorities are:

  • The defence of the welfare state - The Alternative Labour list is in favour of welfare reform, "but for New Labour, reform simply means 'cuts'".
  • Adequate pensions.
  • Opposition to student tuition fees and to the abolition of grants.
  • Opposition to "the penalisation of lone parents".
  • Practical action to sustain and improve our natural environment.



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