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Cambridgeshire says no to cuts

Issue No. 2194

Activists in Cambridgeshire have launched a campaign against public sector cuts.

Trade unionists, pensioners, housing campaigners, students, political parties, service users and others came together last Saturday to launch the campaign.

They held an open meeting followed by a 100-strong march through the streets of Cambridge.

The campaign will fight to defend schools, hospitals, libraries and other services from closure, cuts or privatisation.

Martin Booth, parliamentary candidate for Cambridge Socialists, said, “We are going to fight for what is ours. Public services are not a luxury, they are a lifeline for ordinary people.

“We will do whatever it takes to defend them.”

James Youd, co-ordinator of the Cambridge Green Party, added, “The proposed cuts tell workers to go to the back of the queue while bankers and bosses look after themselves.”

Terry Parr, secretary of Cambridgeshire Unison branch, accused politicians of using the recession to push through cuts.

“Politicians who are making the case for cuts do so because they want to shrink the welfare state, not because of a lack of money,” he said.

The campaign has called a demonstration at the opening of the new central library on 31 March and will run a coach to the demonstration to defend public services in London on 10 April.

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Tue 23 Mar 2010, 19:30 GMT
Issue No. 2194
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