Big anti-austerity demonstration, 4 October, Manchester, England

This video from London, England says about itself:

On the 20th of June 2015 an estimated 250 000 people marched through the streets of London, protesting against austerity. The march started at the Bank of England and ended at Parliament Square / Westminster Abbey / Houses Of Parliament.

Union leaders and celebrities including Russell Brand and Charlotte Church addressed crowds, while protests also took place in Liverpool and Glasgow. The London rally was also addressed by Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, and Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn.


Anti-Academies alliance
Left Unity
Morning Star
Association of Indian Women
Muslim Council of Britain
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
National Assembly of Women
British Muslim Initiative
National Pensioners Convention
British Pensioners & Trade Unions A.A.
National Unemployed Workers Centres
Campaign Against Climate Change
National Union of Journalists
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
National Union of Teachers (NUT)
Campaign for Trade Union Freedom
New Economics Foundation
Coalition of Resistance
The People’s Bank UK
Communication Workers Union (CWU)
The People’s Charter
Communist Party of Britain
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT)
Defend the Right to Protest
Socialist Resistance
Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC)
Society of Sacramental Socialists
The Distant Voices
Stop The Cuts
Fire Brigades Union (FBU)
Stop the War Coalition
Friends of Al Aqsa
Taxpayers Against Poverty
Friends of Edward Carpenter
Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Greece Solidarity Campaign
Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA)
The Green Party
University and College Union (UCU)
Independent Socialist Network
Indian Workers Association GB
Unite the Union
Institute of Employment Rights
War on Want
Keep our NHS public
War on Welfare Petition

By Luke James in Britain:

TUC pushes for mass demo outside Tory conference

Friday 26th June 2015

THE TUC hit back at Tory attacks on workers’ rights yesterday by calling for a demonstration outside the party’s conference.

Thousands of trade unionists will descend on Manchester for a march and rally on Sunday October 4 — the opening day of the conference.

They will march through the city before holding a rally close to the city centre conference venue in a show of defiance against Tory austerity and attempts to curb strike action.

“This October’s march and rally will allow thousands of ordinary people to show the government exactly what they think of its policies,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

“The Conservatives’ planned attack on trade unions and extreme cuts are an assault on working people at a time when they should be focused on securing the UK’s fragile recovery and creating better jobs to boost productivity.”

The action was called after the TUC’s general council met in London on Wednesday to discuss its response to Tories’ re-election.

If passed by Parliament, the government’s Trades Unions Bill would impose a 50 per cent turnout threshold on all strike ballots.

The TUC’s announcement comes after 250,000 people joined the People’s Assembly’s march on Saturday to say they would not lie down and accept five more years of cuts.

And as the Star revealed last week the People’s Assembly is planning a rolling demonstration outside the Tory conference from October 4.

“Each day we’ll have a different themed protest depending on what they’re going to be discussing at the conference,” national secretary Sam Fairbairn told the Star.

Hide your conference passes when walking around Manchester, Tories told: here.

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  3. CHARLOTTE CHURCH denied yesterday that she was the “new face” of the protest movement after appearing at anti-austerity marches.

    The singer-turned-activist made headlines after her rousing speech at the People’s Assembly Against Austerity protest in London last Saturday.

    Around 250,000 opponents of Tory cuts to welfare and public services were in attendance.

    Speaking after an appearance at Glastonbury festival, Ms Church said: “I don’t feel like I’m the new face of protesting.

    There are so many activists and protesters who have been doing this for decades — years and years.”


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  8. Saturday 8th August 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    DJ slams Tories as ‘rarer than unicorns’ in radical Manchester

    by Our News Desk

    MOUTHY Mancunian DJ Terry Christian has braced David Cameron for a rough reception when Tory conference comes to Manchester, telling him: “Tories are rarer than unicorns round here.”

    Despite not having a single councillor in Manchester, the Tories have chosen the city to hold their annual gathering between October 4 and 7.

    The People’s Assembly has already vowed to “take back Manchester” with an unprecedented five-day rolling rally in the city.

    Now organisers have revealed stars such as comedian Frankie Boyle and singer Charlotte Church will join the demonstration. And other big-name backers include some of Manchester’s most famous sons and daughters.

    Mr Christian, an award-winning broadcaster and outspoken critic of austerity, announced his support in his trademark style, saying: “Tories are rarer than unicorns in Manchester — its history is steeped in radicalism.

    “It’s the home of the Chartist movement, where the idea of universal suffrage took root, birthplace of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and home to Friedrich Engels.

    “Let’s not forget about the Peterloo Massacre! What Manchester does today the rest of the world does tomorrow.”

    Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley for over a decade, and stage star Maxine Peake are among other local supporters.

    The celebrities came out against the Tories on the day that a new report revealed workers in the north are £2,300 worse off than the those in the rest of Britain.

    That gap widens to £7,200 when compared to London, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

    The figures crushed Tory claims to be creating a “northern Powerhouse,” which is likely to be the theme of the Manchester conference. IPPR researcher Luke Raikes called the Tory slogan “meaningless.”

    In a further blow to the Tories’ propaganda plans, faith leaders in Manchester have announced they will lead a “vigil against austerity” during the week of action.

    Reverend Mike Walsh shot to prominence when he penned an open letter of protest to Mr Cameron the day after the general election. And yesterday he said: “As a minister of the church I am standing with the most vulnerable people in our communities to challenge the government to end these destructive policies.”

    Tens of thousands of people are expected to join the TUC demonstration march and demonstration in Manchester on Sunday October 4. On top of daily rallies being staged by the People’s Assembly, there will be a festival-style line-up of music, theatre and comedy.

    People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn said the aim was to “steal the headlines and disrupt the narrative” of the Tory conference. “We will oppose the Tories on every day of their conference in Manchester,” he said.

    “It will be the people’s story that is told.”

    The Morning Star contacted the Conservative Party for comment but did not receive a response.


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