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Transport from all over Britain

Issue No. 1816

CAMPAIGNERS in the Stop the War Coalition are uniting with local groups to get transport from across Britain to the 28 September demonstration.

  • A 640-seat train is running through Glasgow and Edinburgh to the march. A further five coaches are booked from Edinburgh, and transport is organised from Greenock, Fife, Aberdeen and Dundee.
  • In Runcorn, in the north west of England, and Bristol the postal workers' CWU union is running its own coaches to the demonstration.
  • In Cardiff the CWU union has given £200 to help fund transport from the area.
  • Around 100 coaches are booked from Birmingham. Around £10,000 has been raised to pay for billboard and newspaper adverts in the run-up to the demonstration. Bill Challis, branch secretary of Sandwell Labour Party, explained why he was helping build the demonstration: 'We have mailed members about the march. From soundings I've taken inside the Labour Party, people cannot stomach a war and some are going to leave the party. It's a crunch point for many of them. Blair isn't listening to people inside the party or in Britain. The demonstration is to make clear to him we don't want war on Iraq.'
  • Some eight coaches are booked from Liverpool. Morag Reid, a local campaigner, said, 'At our weekly stall on a Saturday we get a really good response. There is a massive well of opposition to the war.'
  • Around a dozen coaches are booked from Sheffield. Abdul Shaif reported, 'I've not seen as positive a response before. There seems to be much more opposition to a war on Iraq. We have to show it is too much of a risk for Blair to back Bush's war.'

More coaches are booked in towns and cities across Britain. They include Thanet, Medway and Canterbury in Kent, Luton, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Northampton, Milton Keynes, larger cities like Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds, and many other areas.

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