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East Ham

East Ham is located in Greater London. The seat was created in 1997.

The current member of parliament is the Labour party’s Stephen Timms who has served since 2005.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
East Ham

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Candidates

Lois Austin

Background
I’ve been an active campaigner for working class people’s rights since my teens. I chaired Youth Against Racism in Europe, and helped lead the campaign against racism following Stephen Lawrence’s murder. As a founding member of the Stop the War Coalition I campaigned against the unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently the teachers at my children’s local school, took action over attacks to terms and conditions, I helped build Straford Academy Concerned Parents which brought together staff, parents, and the local community.

If I was elected I would only accept an average workers wage, like ex-Labour MP and now TUSC candidate Dave Nellist in Coventry. I would donate the rest of the money to strike funds and local campaigns. At a time when the majority of people are facing pay cuts, pay freezes and struggling with the cost of living, establishment MP’s complain they don’t get enough.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I would only accept an average workers wage. This means I will continue to have the same standard of living as the people who voted for me. We need representative who’ll stand up for working people not the establishment. It’s time for a change in politics to include ordinary working class people and politicians who see it as there job to represent the majority not big business. I think TUSC is about making that change a reality.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I am the candidate for the millions not the millionaires. Since I was a teenager I have been part of campaigns against racism, war, inequality and austerity. I support the E15 mums and believe the West Ham stadium redevelopment should be 100% social housing, for the community not private profit.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
I’m sure that on an individual basis, Stephen Timms has tried to help constituents. However future generations face being worse off than their parents and major change is needed to stand up to austerity which Timms and the Labour Party don’t represent.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
No. Wages are down, use of foodbanks is up and NHS is being sold off. Yet the rich are getting richer! Austerity is the opposite of what we need and deserve. Working people didn’t create the economic crisis that hit in 2008, the banks did. So why are we paying for it through austerity. We should holding the banks and big business to account and make them pay for their crisis.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
I don’t think migrants are responsible for the economic crisis. We’ll build homes and pay decent wages to all workers. The establishment want cheap labour but they don’t want the bill to provide decent homes and jobs for all. I oppose racist immigration controls but think it is crucial all workers are paid the rate for the job, to stop the wages race to the bottom. Migrants are often super-exploited and pay more into the economy than they take out. But it’s also true that the government cuts mean there’s insufficient public services, schools and homes in many. often poorer communities and that should stop now.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
I support a £10 an hour minimum wage now. When the minimum wage is low, people have to claim in-work benefits. This is the tax payer footing the bill for big business who don’t pay their employees enough. We should build decent, environmentally friendly council housing and cap private sector rents to stop rip-off landlords.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
We should stop and reverse all privatisation in the NHS. Private companies are interested in profit, not peoples health and have no place in the NHS. New Labour and the other establishment parties have played their part in selling off the health service and causing under-funding.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
There is a gap between the number of people looking for permanent, decent jobs and whats on offer. We need to create jobs through investing in housing, the NHS and infrastructure. 38,000 jobs have been lost in HMRC alone. Lets bring back those posts and have people chasing big business unpaid tax and create jobs.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes, parliament is closed off to working class men and women. Parliament and the government should reflect the communities they represent.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
The EU is a bosses club that lacks democracy and pushes for privatisation of public services. I reject the narrow nationalism of the Tories and UKIP in opposition to the EU. Instead I stand for a united Europe on a socialist basis.

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