Communist parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Laura-Jane Rossington, was met with applause after applause at a recent hustings on education policy.

The event at a college in Plymouth was organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) as part of their “Stand Up for Education” manifesto.

Answering questions on a wide range of subjects the Young Communist League Executive member proved herself against candidates from the Labour, Lib Dem and Green parties. While the other panellists were restrained by party policy and records in office Laura-Jane was able to bring clear and focussed class analysis to the fore.

For the first time in the party's ninety-five year history a Communist candidate is standing for election in Plymouth.

Laura-Jane Rossington, a student at Plymouth City College, is also one of the youngest parliamentary candidates in the country.

“People in Plymouth have been holding their noses and voting Labour for generations. Voters have a right to a genuine left-wing alternative” she said.

“The Communist Party has a proud history in Britain, including hundreds of elected councillors and even two MPs back in 1945. We're not just an anti-cuts campaign or a protest vote”.

The party is standing on a platform that includes leaving the EU and NATO, renationalising the utility companies and railways, taking the banks into public ownership, big cuts to VAT and a massive house building programme.