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Portsmouth march against school cuts

by Jon Woods
Issue No. 2211

On the protest (Pic: Jenny Woods)

On the protest (Pic: Jenny Woods)

Around 300 people marched through Portsmouth on Monday of this week to protest against the Tory cutting of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Some £170 million had been promised to rebuild 11 secondary schools in the city. Now Tory cuts mean that they won’t be rebuilt.

Parents supported the demonstration, along with trade unionists, Portsmouth Trades Council and the Labour Party.

Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock said he would campaign against the cuts but was heckled by protesters.

School students led the way chanting, “Bring Back BSF – Save Our Schools” and “Make the greedy bankers pay”. They also provided some of the best speakers.

Their lively presence on the demonstration, home made banners and use of facebook to build the protest was a major strength. Portsmouth Save Our Schools, which called the march, will continue the campaign.

There was good support for the demonstration at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on 3 October.

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