Tariq Ali Says: vote Lib Dem to beat Labour
This issue is relevant in Sparkbrook and Small Heath and Perry Barr. In both of these seats the Respect group are standing.
Extracting from his article:" the votes cast for the Greens, Respect and others will have no impact, with a possible exception in Bethnal Green and Bow,"
and"It is possible that in some constituencies the Green/Respect vote could ensure the return of a warmonger, as we have seen in the odd by-election."
In this he is referring in part to Hodge Hill where having the Respect votes were sufficient to stop Labour winning.
The challenge for Talib Hussain and Jon Hunt is that of persuading anti-Labour voters to unite behind them as the best placed candidates to beat (probably) Roger Godsiff and (probably) Khalid Mahmood.