for fair funding for Swindon
fees not grants
repeal Tory trade union laws
"we need radical change in favour of working people and our families. We need to tax the rich to get more money for schools and hospitals. But under New Labour we see our services privatised and handed to greedy fat cats. We need to put people before profit. It is a scandal that under a Labour government there is enough money for war but not enough to pay our old people a decent pension.
I believe that ordinary people can change the world for the better by campaigning. Against all odds local campaigners in Swindon saved Shaw post office from closure, and saved the community forest. A mass campaign also recently prevented the closure of Malmesbury maternity hospital, preserving the choice of Swindon women to use that midwife led unit.
Our current Labour MP, Michael Wills, is a waste of space. He is virtually a Tory, he enthusiastically supported the war on Iraq, and backs plans to let property developers ruin Swindon.
The same energy and enthusiasm we have seen in local campaigns is needed at a national level to eradicate poverty, defend the environment and stop wars. That is why we need a socialist MP.
New Labour are standing on the same policies as the Tories. Give Tony Blair a kick up the backside and vote Socialist unity"
. He is a prominent local campaigner against war and injustice, and is often featured in the Swindon Evening Advertiser and on radio BBC Swindon and GWR.
For many years he has campaigned for justice for Palestine. Without justice there will never be peace.
Between 1995 and 1997, Andy Newman led a successful campaign against the deportation of Mumtaz Begum, a grandmother who lived in Broad Street. The campaign won because it was able to win support right across the community, and also because it was prepared to defend Mumtaz by any means necessary. Andy Newman explains: "Justice sometimes means you have to break the rules, we didn't comply with the deportation order, and we were able to get widespread support for that position across Swindon. "
In 2003 Andy Newman was chair of the successful campaign to prevent the deportation of Swindon teenager Inna Haville to the Ukraine.
Andy Newman is an active trade unionist. He is race and Equality Officer for the GMB union, as is on the Southern Regional Council of the union.
Andy Newman is a telecommunications engineer. His wife is a teacher and he has a 4 year old son.
In The Press
Let Battle Begin
Pushing to turn Blair and Bush
TWO years ago, missiles were firing and bombs were dropping on Baghdad in the first wave of strikes of the Iraq War. But even though politicians claim that the war is apparently over, the conflict and the reasons for going are still as detested today by the Stop the War Coalition, as they were in the run-up to the conflict. That is why on Saturday several dozen anti-war protesters and their colourful banners left Swindon to join thousands on the streets of London.
We will not let them win here
Bid to ban UKIP racist leaflet
Shoes send an eloquent message:
Immigrants' welcome in Swindon:
How we marched to the beat of the anti-war drum
FEBRUARY 18 2003: THE organiser of the Swindon Stop the War Coalition says Saturday's demonstration could herald a new age of democracy. Andy Newman, secretary of the group, said that, despite low election turnouts, the Stop the War march in London proved people still care about democracy.
Protesters storm council chamber
Statement on the resignation of Michael Wills from the
Anti-war pair off to Egypt
Victory for Swindon teenager
Call to join anti-BNP protest
Racists target dad on net
"Swindon needs a champion in Parliament who is prepared to put the needs of people and the environment before big profit. Andy Newman is the man for the job. He has been a tireless and passionate supporter of the Stop The War campaign and works to ensure that local social services are improved to help those who need them the most. I particularly value his contribution to the Save Coate! campaign. Andy recognises that the countryside and green open spaces in and around Swindon are not only vital for wildlife but also an essential ingredient of a healthy community and, as such, must be protected and enhanced."
Jean Saunders, Swindon Friends of the Earth (pc)
"I am pleased to have someone worth voting for - for the first time in years. The major parities have made a mess of Swindon, it is time for a change".
Gary Weston, secretary of Swindon railworkers union, the RMT (pc)
"I urge all trade unionists to support Andy. We need to build an alternative to New Labour"
Martin Wicks, Secretary of SwindonTrades Union Council, the TUC. ( pc)
"I've known Andy for a number of years and have always been impressed by his sincerity and devotion to the idea of working for the collective good of the community."
Tony Huzzey, former Labour Leader of Swindon Borough Council (Thamesdown) 1986 to 1990, Deputy leader 1984 to 1986.
Leaflets and resources
Latest newsletter (pdf)
First 2005 newsletter (pdf)
Articles by Andy Newman
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