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Lady in red: posing in front of the LSAP city section’s election poster

public works during successive coalition governments in the 1990s. Integrating Scott has since become a driving force of SPIC, a group that allows foreign members of the party to meet among themselves in addition to their local party meetings. “It really has brought something new to the party,” she says. Speaking about issues in their own language gives SPIC members more confidence to voice their opinion and to reach out to other social and cultural organizations in Luxembourg. “By showing an interest in them, SPIC is trying to be more intercultural rather than multicultural.” Another problem faced by many third country foreigners is that they feel marginalised, says Scott, because in Luxembourg they are unable to carry out the profession they practised back

home. They are working as cleaners or on building sites and are treated as second-class people who have no political ideas. “We are not only showing them how Luxembourg politics works, but also taking an interest in them.” SPIC now has some 800 members, but each is acting as a multiplicator. Indeed, as part of the effort to get more foreigners to register to vote the group held “Spic parties” hosted by members and reaching out to potential voters. The political landscape is slowly changing, says Scott, as more foreigners become involved and are prepared to play an active role; people who will go out and ring on doorbells. “And we are going out and speaking in various languages. It is new and important and a success--it is very refreshing for the party.” Scott admits that one barrier with reaching out to foreigners has been the problem with the word “socialist” in the

party’s name. “We have to explain that we are actually a progressive democratic party,” she says. “If you say you are a socialist party, it frightens them. So we have to explain our basic principles and values.” Nevertheless, the LSAP is the party with the largest number of foreigners in Luxembourg. It is also traditionally the party that does best at local elections, with more of its candidates gaining seats on councils than any other. Nevertheless, in Luxembourg City, where Scott is a candidate, the socialists have not traditionally performed well. She was a candidate in 2005, though without much success. “My mission is to do better than last time, which isn’t very difficult,” she says with a smile. The LSAP list, headed by Marc Angel, is very diverse and Scott says that most lists in the city election are interesting. “And I think the number of foreign voters can make a difference.”

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