Birmingham Gaza protests
Birmingham Gaza protests

West Midlands

Young people have taken the lead in the sweeping anti-war movement. With walkouts and occupations taking place across the country, thousands of school and college students are seeing the true colours of the Tories and their blatant support towards this brutal bombardment, and that a future Labour government will offer the same approach.

Even before the current anti-war movements, students were being drawn to socialist ideas as we face further cuts to education, and rip-off housing and bills.

After leafleting for a Socialist Students public meeting at Staffordshire University, there was enough appetite to hold an informal meeting to discuss socialist ideas. This is the same in Birmingham, with new people looking for an alternative coming to meetings.

Students from the University of Warwick and Coventry University have linked the crucial issues on campus to the need for a mass workers’ party, helping with election leafletting for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

It’s clear that the latest Tory budget is just a glimpse of what is to come. That’s why Socialist Students support TUSC candidates in the elections, that offer a clear anti-cuts, anti-war programme.

Mila Hughes


Going to campuses with the Socialist newspaper is a great opportunity to talk to students. Even when a stall is not in the busiest possible place or when it’s not the lunch hour, you can always find people interested in what we’re doing.

At UEL Stratford Campus we managed to meet two new people interested in joining and we were only there for an hour. Next time, look for us at Docklands campus!

The next day, early in the morning at SOAS university, we met more people. Despite the early hour, students were approaching us with questions.

What is important in doing stalls at unis is consistency. Every person who stops to talk to us, buys a newspaper or takes away a leaflet matters. That’s how ideas spread.

Roza Kwiecinskas