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Issue No. 1737

Some 40 protesters picketed a book signing by Tory Ann Widdecombe at Waterstone's bookshop in Nottingham last week. One of the protesters was Pete Radcliff, the prospective Socialist Alliance candidate for Nottingham East.

Four people joined the Socialist Alliance on the spot, and we collected £16 for the campaign to stop the deportation of a local Kurdish family, the Dags, to Turkey.

Virgin Airline pilots are threatening to strike unless Richard Branson ups his pay offer. Flight crews have already voted to reject the offer, and may now hold a strike ballot if management don't shift in this week's talks. Branson's firm tried to keep the vote secret, but the news leaked to the Daily Mirror last week.

Care workers, relatives and other campaigners against the privatisation and closure of old people's homes in Medway were to demonstrate again outside Medway council's meeting on Wednesday of this week. Councillors were to discuss cuts of £500,000 through shutting the homes.

A loud and angry demonstration by staff and relatives four weeks before pushed Liberal Democrat councillors to support a Labour motion forcing the minority Tory administration to defer the cuts for further consultation. Over 80 people attended a public meeting on Wednesday of last week addressed by trade union reps, Labour councillors and local Labour MP Jonathon Shaw.

Over people attended an 'IMF: Wanted for Fraud' public meeting in Sheffield last week, organised by the African Liberation Support Campaign. Further campaign meetings are to be held in Leeds, Scotland at the TUC Black Workers' Conference, Wales, Belfast and Dublin.

Contact the campaign on 0116 266 4468 or 020 8749 7179.

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Sat 3 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1737
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