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Hundreds attend People's Assembly national convention

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2483

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity held its national convention in central London on Saturday of last week.

Around 250 delegates from across Britain attended the convention.

Sessions included discussions on fighting the housing crisis, the NHS and defending refugees.

Delegates also debated the best way to fight local cuts.

Some argued it was better to focus on asking individual councillors to defy their party whips and vote against cuts.

But others argued for campaigning for councils to pass no-cuts budgets.

Dean Ryan, from Hackney in east London said, “The cuts are going through now.

“We have to start the fighting the cuts now”.

The convention came at the end of a successful year of campaigning for the People’s Assembly.

This included a march of up to 250,000 people in London.

Natalie from Merseyside had got involved with the People’s Assembly after joining the march in London. She said, “It was interesting hearing what’s going on in different People’s Assemblies and what people are campaigning on”.

People’s Assembly national secretary said that “the role of the People’s Assembly has never been more important”.

And John Gullick from Newcastle People’s Assembly said, “The conference has been very useful for organising.

“We’re in changed circumstances from last year, with Corbyn, with being at war again, with a new round of austerity. We need to adapt to that. We need to build local groups further.”

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