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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 June 2019

Newton Abbot says no to Tory privatisation of the NHS!

Campaigning on the NHS in Newton Abbot, photo by Richard Worth

Campaigning on the NHS in Newton Abbot, photo by Richard Worth   (Click to enlarge)

Richard Worth, Torbay and South Devon Socialist Party

With the local and European elections over, the streets of Newton Abbot, Devon, were clear of political parties campaigning just for people's votes. But Torbay and South Devon Socialist Party never stops campaigning; we were out there again on 15 June.

Our stall against the Tory privatisation of the NHS and the threatened closure of Teignmouth Hospital engaged with many angry people wanting to do something to stop the hated Tories, who showed support for our campaign against austerity, NHS privatisation, and so on.

We also gained the ear of a number of young people who were keen to fight Trump and the Tories. A young woman who wanted to stop climate change and live in an 'ethical' world, bought a 'Dump Trump' badge and quickly put it on to show her opposition to his racism and climate denial.

We sold 21 copies of the Socialist, and received 28 in donationsfor the fighting fund to support the Socialist Party's campaigning work. That's a total of 49 raised from the people of Newton Abbot to fight for a publically run NHS, quality education for all, no to Trump, and for socialist change not climate change!

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In The Socialist 19 June 2019:


What we think

While the Tories elect a new leader - prepare action to remove the lot of them


News

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Cancer stats reveal deep inequality

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Climate change

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What way forward to tackle climate change?


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Schools unions must turn anger into a fight against funding catastrophe

Unite must be at the head of fighting for a general election and against council cuts

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Ford Bridgend workers vote to fight to save threatened plant

Bluestar bus drivers' strike over pay

East London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades

Swansea Parcelforce workers picket depot in support of victimised rep

Harrogate academy workers strike against closure


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Sudan: The revolution under threat


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Orgreave injustice - 35th anniversary march and rally

Oppose big business's sphere of influence!

Young Socialists - re-establishing Rhondda's fighting traditions

North Shields: second march and rally to #SaveOurBridge

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Worcester: Building on our successful library campaign


Opinion

Defend free TV licences for over-75s!

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