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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 April 2007

Nursery cuts campaign launch

"Enough is enough. It's time for the working class to make a stand!" Gloria from the striking Unique care workers set the tone for an evening of class anger. This was at a meeting to launch the election campaign of anti-cuts campaigner Mel Mills, in the Ashbrow ward of Huddersfield.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

Mel, a campaigner against nursery cuts, has the support of all who use and work at the three nurseries that are threatened with closure. She also has the support of the striking Unique workers and huge support in the local community. Mel spoke of the experience of working class mums having to choose which bill to pay each week, of robbing Peter to pay Paul, which saw almost every head in the room nod.

She described her previous experience of voting, when you tick a box and just hope for the best, not having any faith in the parties, and the room nodded again.

It is no accident that the nursery campaigners have taken the momentous and crucial step from being campaigners to becoming canvassers in the election. They have seen Labour, Liberals and Tories competing over who is the most useless.

Every speaker at the meeting made the point that Save Huddersfield NHS councillor and Socialist Party member Jackie Grunsell is totally different.

She has been a lone voice on the council, standing up against the cuts, bringing women from Unique and the nursery campaign to the council to get their voices heard. This meeting marked the end of accepting the status quo and the start of finding a voice.

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In The Socialist 19 April 2007:

Kick big business out of the NHS

Nurses' fury at cuts and attacks on jobs

NHS London - delivering private health


Socialist Students

Build for national action against fees


Socialist Party election campaign

Election manifesto 2007

Leicester: A principled stand against opportunists

Young socialist standing for Save Huddersfield NHS

Wales manifesto launch

Save our NHS campaign fields five candidates in South Lakes

Nursery cuts campaign launch

Making a difference in Lincoln

Vote Socialist Alternative on 3 May


Socialist Party editorial

RMT victory: Union militancy pays


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Wanted - a new mass party for workers

Campaign for a New Workers' Party Conference


Socialist Party workplace news

Tube workers win big victory over Metronet

Campaigning for a 26,000 minimum wage

Young trade unionists reject New Labour

Greenwich UNISON steps up fight against pay cuts


International socialist news and analysis

Venezuela: Will the trade unions give up their independence?

Bush's man at the World Bank in corruption scandal


Socialist Party news and analysis

Bosses' Pension

Blockading Britain's warhead factory

Fighting for the right to walk in the countryside

Cuts reduce advice for the people who most need help

Bank that only serves the rich


 

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