500 Words From Matthew Wright TUSC Candidate For Stoke-on-Trent Central

**Archive Story From 2010 Election**

Cameron, Clegg and Brown have been doing their best to hide their main policy
““ to carry out savage attacks on public sector jobs and services, to continue sacrificing the lives of young soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and talking up a capitalist market system that’s created mass unemployment,
job insecurity and a desperate future for millions.
Meanwhile Stoke Socialist Party and Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters have been busy building support for our General Election candidate in Stoke Central ““ Matt Wright. If elected, Matt will not take the full £65,000 MP’s salary but the average wage of workers in Stoke-on-Trent and demand that other MP’s do the same.

But, as an MP, Matt would also use his position to oppose all the attacks being made on ordinary working class people. We already have three main parties who represent the interests of big business and the rich. We need MP’s who fight for us ““ for the millions not the millionaires!

While Brown, Clegg and Cameron and their army of advisers are thinking up catchy sound bites for the media and squabbling with each other we have been busy actually speaking to THOUSANDS of people locally on the streets and

More than 3,000 have now signed our petition (Ninety five per cent of those we spoke to) to get Matt elected as a Workers MP on a Workers Wage.

Matt Wright lives in Stoke-on-Trent and is from the city. He is a 26 year old Health worker, also a student and as the TUSC candidate has clear policies that would benefit the overwhelming majority of people in the city. They include;

Stop all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and the immoral privatisation of prisons. Bring privatised public services and utilities back into public ownership
under democratic control.

Take rail back into public ownership and build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system.
For a high-quality, free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control.
Stop council estate sell-offs and build eco-friendly, affordable public housing.
Good, free education for all, under democratic local authority control;
student grants not fees.
Keep Royal Mail as a publicly-owned service, not a privatised cash cow.

Bring banks and finance institutions into genuine public ownership under democratic control, instead of giving huge handouts to the very capitalists who caused the crisis.
Tax the rich. For progressive tax on rich corporations and individuals, with a crackdown on tax avoidance.
For massive investment in environmental projects.

Repeal the anti-trade union laws.
A minimum wage set at half average adult male earnings, with no exemptions.
Invest to create and protect jobs, including for young people.
Solidarity with workers taking action to defend jobs, conditions, pensions, public services and trade unions. Reinstate full trade union rights to prison officers.

You can find out more about the TUSC General Election campaign and the Stoke Socialist Party using the links below.

Finally; instead of the internal squabbling, name calling and tough talking we have had so far from candidates in Stoke Central we look forward to seeing their POLICIES.

Matthews agent send the most in-depth response to our request for 500 words, in fact it was almost double the size we asked for and has been shortened here. The text file has the full response should you wish to read it.

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