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Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK


Socialist Alliance



The Socialist Alliance is standing on a platform of putting forward "a radical, socialist alternative" to the "institutionalised corruption of an EU run by an unelected super-quango, for the interests of bankers and big business, not for ordinary people".

The Socialist Alliance list for the West Midlands is headed by Dave Nellist, the former Labour MP for Coventry who, while still in parliament, was expelled from the party before the 1992 general election over non-payment of the poll tax and involvement with the Militant Tendency. He is currently a Socialist Party councillor in Coventry.

The main points of the Socialist Alliance's election platform for Europe are as follows:

  • "We don't want a Europe which cuts jobs, services and the welfare state to abide by the Maastricht criteria and the Stability Pact. We want a Europe that is planned for the benefit of all".
  • The Socialist Alliance's "targets are both the EU institutions and the government at home. Euro-MPs and commissioners ride a gravy train whilst New Labour behave more like genetically-modified Tories every day".
  • Any Socialist Alliance candidates would, if elected, live on a "worker's wage and publish their accounts".

    Key Socialist Alliance campaign themes and policies include:

  • "Campaigning for a democratic, accountable, socialist Europe".
  • Opposition to the UK joining the euro.
  • "Opposing racism and the 'Fortress Europe' of the EU."
  • An immediate rise in the national minimum wage to 5 an hour.
  • "Opposing ethnic cleansing and Nato's war in the Balkans."
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Cheap public transport.
  • Against genetically-modified crops and foods.
  • "Abolition of private finance in health and education"
  • Abolition of student tuition fees and loans.



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