Councillors Against the Cuts
We are a new network of local councillors formed to support the fight
against cuts. We believe that instead of implementing the Coalition’s
cuts, councils and councillors should refuse to do so and help workers
and communities organise in resistance.
We are pledged to vote against all cuts to services and jobs, increases in rents and charges, and increases in council tax.
We do not accept that cuts are “necessary”: there is plenty of money
in society, but it is in the wrong hands. Taxing the rich and business,
taking the wealth of the banks and cutting Trident are all rich sources
We stand in solidarity with anti-cuts campaigns, with people
defending their local services and with the broader community, tenants
and residents, our children, disabled people, pensioners etc., in
defence of the living standards and rights of the most vulnerable people
in society as the Coalition government attacks them.
We are working with a network of local government workers and other
trade unionists to fight for this policy to be adopted and campaigned
for in the unions and labour movement. We believe that close links are
needed between Labour councillors and the unions in the public sector
whether they are Labour-affiliated or not. We believe that, with the
confidence that unions are behind them, many more councillors can be
encouraged to refuse to implement cuts — and with the knowledge that
councillors will support them unequivocally, many more trade unionists
will be prepared to fight back against cuts.
Most of us are Labour councillors and our campaign is sponsored by
the Labour Representation Committee, but we are open to all left and
labour movement councillors willing to pledge to vote against/refuse to
Whether you are a councillor, local government worker, other trade
unionist, anti-cuts campaigner, community activist or Labour Party
activist — get involved!
Gary Wareing (Labour councillor, Drypool Ward, Hull City Council)
Gill Kennett (Labour councillor, Holderness Ward, Hull City Council)
Kieran Thorpe (Leader of the Labour group and Labour councillor, Hatfield South Ward, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)
George Barratt (Independent/ex-Labour councillor, Mayesbrook Ward, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council)
Mark Catterall (Labour councillor, Langfield Ward, Todmorden Town Council)
Don Thomas (“Labour councillors against the cuts” councillor, Coxford Ward, Southampton City Council)
Keith Morrell (“Labour councillors against the cuts” councillor, Coxford Ward, Southampton City Council)