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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015

Students march in Leeds for free education

Around 100 Leeds students stopped city centre traffic on 24 October as we marched for free education.

A rally kicked off the demonstration with speakers from the GMB union, the Green Party who pledged to support the campaign and a passionate speech from Socialist Students' Lilly Green. The reception from the public was fantastic.

To end the rally Sarah Gilborn, vice president for welfare at Leeds Beckett University, spoke on how student leaders need to contribute to the fight-back. Leeds for Free Education's press officer, Socialist Party member Maddy Steeds, gave a fitting closing speech.

A meeting afterwards was packed out with 33 attendees and there were lots of contributions on how we practically go forward with the fight.

Amy Cousens, Leeds for Free Education

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In The Socialist 29 October 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Unite to fight divided Tories

'Momentum' must mobilise for real and lasting change

Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

Sugar tax debate misses real causes of poor diet

First new grammar school in 50 years bolsters elitism

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

CWI news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

South African student solidarity demo

Students march in Leeds for free education


Workplace news and analysis

Steel industry and the battle for jobs

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Kill the Bill!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Suffragette

Teachers and 'growth mindset'

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

TUSC councillor calls for local Labour to back Corbyn's anti-cuts stance

Housing crisis on the agenda for Socialist Party in Reading


 

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