Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Come and join the end demostration and rally in Trafalgar Square.
Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary
Bob Crow RMT General Secretary
Paul Murphy MEP Socialist Party Ireland
Lizi Gray Great-grandaughter of 1936 marcher
Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow
US Occupy Wall Street Activist
Young Deacon performing his rap about the riots called ‘Failed by the System’
Ed Marsh NUS
London Slutwalk Activist
Maddy Carty performing her track ‘CONDEMn AGE’
Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover
Marcher’s Diary – Day 25
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011
GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS CALL FOR EU REFERENDUM AS TORY'S LABOUR AND LIB DEMS RENEGES ON PROMISES TO ELECTORATE!
Yes to an EU Referendum: Green MP calls for chance to build a better Europe
A referendum on the UK's membership of the EU is a vital opportunity to create a more democratic and accountable Europe - with a clearer purpose for the future, said the Green MP today.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has tabled an amendment to the Conservative Backbench motion for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, calling for ‘radical reform of the EU' to increase transparency and give Member States more control over their economies (1).
Speaking ahead of the Commons vote on Monday, Lucas said:
"I support a referendum on our membership of the EU because I am pro-democracy, not because I'm anti-EU - and because I want to see a radical reform of the way Europe operates.
"The EU has the potential to spread peace and make our economies more sustainable, and to promote democracy and human rights, at home and throughout the world.
"But it must urgently change direction, away from an obsessive focus on competition and free trade and towards placing genuine co-operation and environmental sustainability at its heart.
"Thanks to the bureaucratic and remote way which the EU works, many people today are no longer sure what is it for. So the challenge now is to make those institutions more democratic and accountable - and to develop a more compelling vision of the EU's role and purpose.
"A referendum would allow the space for that debate about the future of the Union to occur, and to ensure that the goals of the European project really are in the best interests of EU citizens."
1) Caroline Lucas's full amendment to Mr David Nuttall's proposed Motion (National Referendum on the European Union):
(d) seek to build support for radical reform of the EU, increasing its transparency and accountability, refocusing its objectives on co-operation and environmental sustainability rather than competition and free trade, and enabling member states to exercise greater control over their own economies.
Caroline Lucas MP is available for interviews and comment. Please contact:
Senior Parliamentary Press Officer
Office of Caroline Lucas MP
Tel: 020 7219 0221
Mob: 07590 050565
Friday, 21 October 2011
The excellent initiative to draw attention to the plight of young people, The Jarrow - London March organised by the Youth Fight For Jobs will be visiting Rugby on the way to London on Tuesday 25th October.
please come along and show support!
2pm MARCH INTO RUGBY
2pm STALL AT CLOCK TOWER (Yes we need to do both at same time)
3pm RALLY AT CLOCK TOWER
About the Campaign;
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Assemble 12 noon Liverpool Road (off Deansgate)
Three years ago the world economy stood on a precipice. Collapse was only averted by a vast bank rescue package. In Europe the sum ran to trillions of pounds. This proved to be no answer to the crisis but poured yet more wealth into the pockets of the rich and led to the sovereign debt crisis. Governments throughout Europe and beyond now propose a single solution – draconian austerity measures that threaten the livelihoods of millions of ordinary people. And indeed millions oppose this policy, which will not bring economic recovery but recession. To address this crisis on a basis that meets the real needs of the peoples of Europe, we will be meeting in London on 1 October at the Europe Against Austerity conference to discuss an alternative economic and political strategy.
Jeremy Corbyn MP Lab, Islington North,
Len McCluskey Unite,
Pierre Laurent Party of the European Left,
Sevim Dagdelen Die Linke,
Annick Coupe Solidaires,
Prof Walter Baier Austria,
Elisabeth Gauthier Transform Europe,
Felipe Van Keirsbilck European Joint Social Conference,
Hugo Braun Attac,
Piero Bernocchi Cobas,
Prof Costas Lapavitsas Soas,
Andrew Burgin Coalition of Resistance
Thursday, 22 September 2011
At 3pm on Monday he will see his next bail hearing at Bham Magistrates Court. Anyway wishing to protest in solidarity, meet in front of the magistrates Court on Corporation St at 3pm.
Letter printed in Rugby Advertiser 15th Sept 2011
It’s not so long ago that local Lib Dem Councillors and their national party would have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with people fighting to defend the NHS, including opposing ward closures and any ideological attempt to privatise the NHS - which will be a very serious threat to small hospitals like St Cross.
Liberal Democrats would have also opposed, going to war, Incineration - instead of recycling ‘waste’ and tyres, nuclear power, weakening of community planning rights to defend the green belt and would have demanded action to create green jobs for the future and action on climate change.
Its doubtful, if they would have gone along with plans or even proposed scraping (as they do) subsided coach travel for the elderly or disabled and would have flinched at anything that may result in 80,000 families losing their homes because of housing benefit cuts.
Safeguarding the community through proper policing levels would have been something the Lib Dems would have been standing up for, and saying no to cuts to the youth services would have been a top priority.
They would have been calling for action in tacking inequalities in wealth, including curbing tax evasion and they would have been critical of the obscene Banker’s bonuses and would have opposed any idea of a tax cut for the top 1% in this country.
But then again this is before Nick Clegg got the trappings of power.
The actions being taken by Clegg & Co are clearly more ideological in context then any attempt to deal with the budget deficit – just look at the list above.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Will it kick off between Pawsey and Wright? As boundary changes means Rugby merges with Southam from 2013
Sunday, 11 September 2011
A cruel French IT company paid £100m per year of your money to attack the sick and disabled by the Tories and Lib Dems expenses scandal MP's
Green Party calls for the removal of ATOS from benefits assessments
10 SEPTEMBER 2011
Green Party members yesterday voted to pass an emergency motion calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to stop using IT firm ATOS as its assessor of benefit claimants.
Concerns have been raised over the company's suitability to conduct assessments, ranging from the lack of disabled access at their assessment centres to the shocking fact that 40% of their decisions have been found to be wrong on appeal .
Jillian Creasy, Green councillor for Sheffield Central who also works as a GP, said:
"ATOS's computer-led assessment is far too blunt an instrument to assess a benefit that is vital for so many. For example, the box-ticking exercise is close to useless for assessing a condition such as autism. Not only that, but the number of decisions that have been reversed means that an awful lot of taxpayers' money has been wasted.
"Disabled people should be afforded the dignity they deserve throughout any assessment process, and should not be presumed guilty or treated like they're avoiding work. ATOS has no place in such a sensitive area, and we urge the government to sever all ties with the company."
2. The full text of the emergency motion follows:
Conference expresses deep concern at the use of ATOS to assess incapacity benefit receivers for their ability to return to work. As evidence continues to mount that the work capability assessments are being used politically to remove Employment and Support Allowance payments, with 12 doctors referred to the General Medical Council in August, Conference calls on the party leadership to demand that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions removes ATOS as its assessor of benefit claimants