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Local election reports

Bradford North

(May 1983)

From Militant, No. 650, 13 May 1983, p. 3.
Transcribed by Iain Dalton.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

DESPITE a “red-scare” campaign by the Liberal/SDP Alliance, Labour won five out of the six wards in Bradford North in the local council elections.

SDP/Liberal Alliance leaflets headed “Militant controls Bradford North Labour Party”, announced that “Militants from all over the country were summoned” into the various wards to work for the General Election to “help a candidate who supports Marx and Trotsky.” This only resulted in the Labour vote increasing by 3,700 while the SDP vote decreased by over 1,000.

In a general election this would mean that Labour would be returned with over 50% of the vote. The SDP are desperate and having no policies have resorted to smears. The Labour Party are confident that Pat Wall will increase the Labour vote in a general election and the red scares will rebound on the groups that use them.

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