The People Before Profit Alliance has announced it will be contesting the Assembly and local government elections in Derry.
Veteran socialist and leader of the group locally, Eamonn McCann will be the party’s candidate for the Assembly election, while four candidates will stand in the local government poll.
They are; Colm Bryce (Northland), Connor Kelly (cityside), Davey McCauley (Waterside), and Diane Greer (Rural).
Mr McCann has previously contested the Assembly election as part of the Socialist Environmental Alliance.
A spokesperson for the group said he hoped it can build on the gains made in the recent general election in the South where they party won two seats.
“We want to make the same breakthrough in the North. It was in order to mount a challenge to the status quo across the island that the Socialist Environmental Alliance, having previously contested elections here, voted to join People Before Profit.
“We are now making a serious push for seats in the North. We represent a break with the old Left tradition of running in elections to ‘show the flag’. We will be contesting at least four Assembly constituencies and, in addition to Derry, council seats in Belfast, Castlereagh, Magherafelt and possibly elsewhere.”
The spokesperson also said the group offers a radical alternative to mainstream parties. “We are asking voters to plump this time for a radical challenge to the sham conflict at Stormont. The farce over the budget is the latest example.
“We have had fire and brimstone between the establishment parties over spending plans - but for the most part no final decisions on where the cuts will come. They will present themselves in the election as ‘anti-cuts.’ But after the election, if they are returned to government, they will start slashing spending,” he said.
The People Before Profit spokesperson also said the group will be contesting both polls to bring about change. “We need a voice in the Assembly for all who have been left behind by the changes of recent years - irrespective of the community they come from.
“At Stormont and in councils, we will use our positions to help build grass-roots organisation in communities, workplaces and colleges. People Before Profit is at the cutting edge of the only serious agenda for change being put before voters.”