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ONE of the Communist Party’s biggest election campaigns since the early 1980s won more than 13,300 votes for candidates in England, Scotland and Wales.
Addressing an online meeting of CP candidates and organisers today, election-committee convener Andy Chaffer paid tribute to their work and thanked electors for their support.
“The dynamic contribution of the Young Communist League played a vital role in compensating for the restrictions placed on campaigning by the Covid-19 emergency,” Mr Chaffer remarked.
He pointed to increases in the party’s vote to nearly 9,000 in London and 3,000 in Wales, with much higher than expected tallies in the Glasgow and Lothian lists and in Motherwell & Wishaw.
“Electors also had the opportunity — in most places for the first time in many decades — to vote Communist for a real left alternative in Luton, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Leicester, Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne,” he said.
In Wales, the Communist Party’s TV and radio election broadcasts in English and Welsh received a warm response from Labour, Green and Plaid Cymru supporters, while in London, the Communist candidates campaigned prominently on a number of important local issues, Mr Chaffer said.
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