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Students are back - and they're taking on the Tories

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2371

Students are returning after the summer and are gearing up to protest against the Tories in Manchester on Sunday 29 September.

“People are searching for alternatives,” said Lorna, a member of Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) at Glasgow University.

“We’ve had discussions with freshers about Tory cuts and how useless Labour is, but also Egypt, Syria, Greece, and the bedroom tax. ”

But delays with funding are causing problems for some. 

Students at Edinburgh College are angry about late payments. One student told Socialist Worker how he’d been left to survive with two £5 gift tokens for a supermarket almost four miles away after a “glitch” in the system. 

And school students are organising too. Tom is a sixth form student in Pontefract, west Yorkshire. He told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been talking to lots of students in my classes and explaining what the Tory cuts to the NHS mean for us.

“Some people have been saying they’ve heard about what the Tories are doing but they’re not sure what to do. 

“So I’ve been telling them they need to come to Manchester and protest.”

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Tue 17 Sep 2013, 16:06 BST
Issue No. 2371
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