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Join the protest at Labour’s conference

Activists say why they'll be demonstrating at New Labour's conference on 27 September

Issue No. 2167

‘It’s vital that students show their rage at Labour.

It is a disgrace that university education is treated as a commodity.

And students are simultaneously treated as consumers and products.

We are seeing higher fees for fewer places on fewer courses.

The government spends billions on war, but education funding is constantly being squeezed.

We have to stand up against these destructive policies and march on the Labour conference, united for jobs, education and peace.’

Millie Fry, student, Leeds Met University

‘If you add up the billions wasted on war and nuclear weapons – there’s the money that the government should be spending on ending poverty among pensioners and the unemployed.

I left the Labour Party in the early 1970s over their foreign policy, but I’m still shocked at the way they keep privatising bits of the NHS.

They keep pushing these horrible academy schools. I’m proud that all my children went to comprehensives.’

John Witzenfeld, pensioner, West London

‘Even the generals now agree that the war in Afghanistan is a complete disaster.

But their only solution is to send more troops – this will lead to the tragic loss of more lives on both sides, both Afghan and British.

This is even more reason to join the demonstration in Brighton and rage against New Labour.

The protest is backed by the Stop the War Coalition and it is an important protest for activists all over Britain.

We have to put a clear demand on the government, that there is only one solution to this horrible war – to bring all the troops home now.’

Mark Krantz, Chair of Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition

‘I’ll be demonstrating at the Labour Party conference to protest at our crazy system.

As a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) pensioner I’m appalled that the government can bail out the bank, take majority ownership and then allow mass job losses and the return of fat-cat bonuses.

And now we face a vicious attack on pensions.’

RBS pensioner, Home Counties

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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2167
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