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Issue No. 1790

Discord with Tony Blair in Liverpool

About 900 people heard Tony Benn speak at Liverpool's Philharmonic Theatre last week. Many in the audience voiced their discontent with New Labour, and attacked Tony Blair's love for fat cats and George W Bush. Socialist Alliance and anti-war leaflets were well received.

Councillors to be under hammer?

Residents of Hackney, east London, travelled across the city to a property auction at posh hotel Claridges of Mayfair last week. Labour-controlled Hackney council had put up for auction green spaces, a youth club, a doctors' surgery, a nursery closed in 1999 and other assets.

People protested outside the building and read out a statement inside, constantly disrupting the sale. The auctioneers were forced to withdraw the description in their brochure of the nursery as a 'former vacant show home' and admit it 'has always been used as a community building'.

Simple choice in electoral college

LECTURERS IN the Natfhe union are currently receiving ballot papers for their annual national executive committee elections. Three left wing candidates are challenging for positions.

Peter Jones is standing for vice-president. He is secretary of his college branch in Burnley. Roger Smith from Hull is standing for adult education. Peter Murray is the left wing candidate for outer London further education. He is committed to a serious fightback for better pay and conditions.

Law officer says he is powerless

THE ATTORNEY General, a top government legal figure, told relatives and friends of people who have died in custody that he would not reopen their cases last week. The United Families and Friends Campaign members wanted changes to the policy and procedure for prosecution in such cases.

The Attorney General said he would not be looking at any of the individual deaths in custody. The families are unanimous in their demand for an independent public inquiry into deaths in custody, along with other changes in the law that would enable them to have justice.
Terry Stewart

Bring down the curtain over pay

WORKERS AT London's West End theatres were due to start balloting for action over pay this week. The backstage and front of house staff are members of the Bectu union. Average pay in West End theatres is just £6.33 an hour. The ballot will run until 19 March.

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Sat 9 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1790
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