The traditional left

13th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

While the Socialists and the Popular Party battle it out over the economy, immigration and terrorism, the United Left will focus its campaign on reinvigorating the values of the traditional left.

13 February 2008

MADRID - While the Socialists and the Popular Party battle it out over the economy, immigration and terrorism, the United Left will focus its campaign on reinvigorating the values of the traditional left, concentrating above all on policies that party leader Gaspar Llamazares claims would ensure social equality.

Long Spain's third party, the Communist-led coalition is hoping to build on its 2004 showing, when it took 5.3 percent of the vote nationwide. This time around it is hoping to capture the ballots of Socialist voters disgruntled that Zapatero has not shown his leftist credentials sufficiently this legislature. Its campaign slogan "LLAMAZARES + MAS IZQUIERDA" or "LLAMAZARES + MORE LEFT" reflects that strategy.

Among its key policy proposals is a new tax on banking sector profits, greater social spending and more investment in renewable energies. IU representatives have called the promises "realistic and ambitious."

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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