An anti-austerity campaigner will contest Labour MP Graham Allen’s Nottingham North seat in the election.
Cathy Meadows, a founding member of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Scrap the Bedroom Tax, launched her campaign in Nottingham on Tuesday as a Trades Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate.
She said: “We live in the sixth richest nation in the world, big businesses are dodging £120bn in tax, the wealth of the top 1,000 people has increased by 15 per cent in the past year – yet ordinary people are being forced to pay for the banking crisis and the recession it caused.”
The TUSC pledge to fight public service cuts, build environmentally friendly council homes, renationalise energy firms and rail services and rid the NHS of private business.
Cathy added: “I am standing to fight for the issues which ordinary people face, in particular public sector cuts which affect benefits and health services and taking money out of the pockets of those who can least afford to pay.
“At the same time I want to fight for a fairer tax system to reduce the burden on the low paid and eliminate tax avoidance and evasion practised by wealthy individuals, so placing the burden of recovery on those who caused the financial crisis.”
At the same event, Andrew Clayworth, branch secretary of Unite Nottinghamshire Health Branch, announced his intention to run as prospective parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South.