The left, in general, is not in great shape for this spring's general and local elections. There are, however, a number of candidates who socialists can support and campaign for. These include Labour leftwingers Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, Respect's George Galloway and Salma Yaqoob, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and the Socialist Party's Dave Nellist.
'Back the Left' is an attempt to encourage the process of co-operation and unity on the left, highlighting those left-wing and progressive candidates who are standing. The statement can be signed by anyone, whether in an organisation or non-aligned. This is, in my view, a necessary beginning in developing a strong and credible Left in the electoral sphere.
Duncan Chapel, who helped initiate it, reports: 'The statement's being noticed and blogged about widely, and is helping to show the left organisations that the will to maximise the united left vote at the general election is strengthening... We're doing all we can do to maximise the number of signatories, especially at the upcoming conferences being organised by Right to Work, the Convention of the Left and the Trade Union Campaign against Climate Change.'
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