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Anti-austerity campaigner Louise Harrison denounces Tory on Question Time

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2499

Louise Harrison tells it like it is

Louise Harrison tells it like it is

Anti-austerity campaigner Louise Harrison tore a strip off Tory MEP Daniel Hannan on BBC’s Question Time yesterday, Thursday.

She attacked politicians and the wealthy for using tax scams to hide away their wealth while ordinary people suffered cuts. Louise said David Cameron “did not look after the vulnerable. He made sure the rich got richer and richer.”

Her fury hit a nerve with many working class people.

Louise told Socialist Worker, “The response to Question Time has been absolutely fantastic.

“We had a protest in Doncaster today. People were coming up and saying that politicians live in a different world to us. That they have lied about their taxes. And everyone had a story about somebody losing their job.”

Louise said the original plan on Question Time was to have only men asking questions. She added that the questions were all “right wing”.

Women in the audience protested and branded the BBC sexist. Host David Dimbleby then apparently agreed to let a woman speak.

“It was phenomenal,” said Louise. “When women found out that only men would ask questions they said they weren’t having it. It moved the audience to the left.”

Louise has been key to a campaign in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, to defend Women’s Aid in the town. Women’s Aid has existed for around 40 years – but faces closure in two weeks due to lack of funding.

She told Socialist Worker, “We know of other services to support vulnerable women that have had some of their funding cut too. And some have been privatised and workers are on zero hours contracts.

“Austerity is state violence against working class women. But our campaign is not going away.”

You can see Louise on Question Time at

Protest to defend Women’s Aid in Doncaster – Thursday 28 April, 11am, Clock Corner, Doncaster town centre

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