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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.
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.
In The Socialist 19 April 2007:
Socialist Party election campaign
Socialist Party editorial
Campaign for a New Workers Party
Socialist Party workplace news
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party news and analysis