TSSA delegates vowed to help finish off Theresa May’s government by continuing to build on the successes of the recent election campaign that brought Labour to “the brink of power.”
Delegates at the TSSA conference heard of the union’s role in helping develop the “most radical and transformative” manifesto put to the electorate in a generation.
General secretary Manuel Cortes paid tribute to the campaigning role played by Momentum, the grassroots network that grew out of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign in 2015.
And he condemned Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, desperately clinging to power via a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party after she lost her Commons majority.
“Momentum mobilised the young. But they didn’t do it for only one candidate or personality. They had a plan to win as many seats as possible for Labour,” Mr Cortes said.
Momentum was able to galvanise and mobilise the young, leading to victories in many constituencies, including some never before held by Labour such as Canterbury and Kensington, Mr Cortes told the conference.
And he announced the establishment of a TSSA fighting fund so that the union would be ready to campaign in another general election, if and when it came.
South-east Wales delegate Howard Morris said he was proud to be a member of the Labour Party.
“We are well on the way,” he said. “The Tories were rejected in Wales and in Scotland. Labour are back.”
Yorkshire general delegate Dave Merrett said Labour needed to change from being an electoral machine, adding: “It must become a movement.”
Mr Cortes said: “We have unity of purpose, a unity to evict the squatter from 10 Downing Street.
“We have one objective and one objective only: that is Jeremy Corbyn becoming our prime minister.”