Earlier today a group of comrades got together to plan the work for the No2EU campaign in North Staffs. It was also a welcome opportunity to share news about the campaign.
First things first; the lists. Thankfully, at long last, all candidates have been selected. Some comrades will have picked up rumours of who's standing at this thread on Socialist Unity and via this muckraking piece in the Weekly Worker. I'm afraid comrades are going to have to wait a little while longer for official announcements ... but not too long! 1st May is when the lists will be made public.
No2EU will be contesting all 11 European constituencies, which is the first time a left-of-Labour challenge has managed to do so. The coalition will qualify for a free election broadcast and mail shot. But all this costs money and donations are urgently needed, so please rush your cheques/postal orders/used fivers to No2EU, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD. Cheques payable to 'No2EU - Yes to Democracy'.
On a Stoke-level we've got a huge job of work ahead of us. We have organised two public meetings - 8th May and 1st June (venues tbc). We will also be doing No2EU stalls (first one next Saturday at 10am in Hanley) and organising leaflet drops all over the county.
Our No2EU group enters this campaign with a core group of Socialist Party, Communist Party and independent activists, but we need more local comrades to step up to the plate. Remember, the BNP's chances have been talked up by the Labour party to try and mobilise what remains of its activist base. No2EU however is the only radical alternative poised to take votes from away from them. No2EU offers a more positive and political means of lessening the fascists' chances in the West Midlands and the North West than the hoary old 'don't vote Nazi' or 'vote hope, not hate'-type campaigning.
If you are in Staffordshire and want to get involved drop me a line at my email via my profile. Don't forget to remove the NOSPAM! But elsewhere No2EU isn't beating volunteers off with a stick! Either give the office a bell at 0207 529 8824 or drop the campaign an email via email@example.com
Sunday edit: As pointed out in the comments, Iain at Leftwing Criminologist carries an article by the SP's Hannah Sell on why we are supporting No2EU. You can read it here.