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Issue No. 1807

Morris: fight for refugees

BILL MORRIS, leader of the TGWU union, again attacked New Labour's policy over refugees last week. He said at the union's Irish conference:

'Having watched government ministers rushing around the European Union summit in Seville looking for support in building Fortress Europe and being nasty to asylum seekers, on this issue the TGWU has one message for the government: you are not speaking in our name. We fought to abolish the voucher system, and we will fight to abolish the detention camps. We oppose your policies of segregated education for asylum seekers' children.'

He recalled the high profile protest against nuclear weapons, saying, 'I promise the planned detention centres will be this government's Greenham Common.'

MPs want to do even less

WHILE MOST workers will be struggling to get away for a holiday this summer, MPs are enjoying three months off. When they return, MPs may only be working a two-day week. Robin Cook, New Labour's leader of the house, aims to cut MP's time at Westminster to just Tuesday and Wednesday.

Boost for man in Bush's jail

ONE OF the men imprisoned in the Guantanamo Bay US base in Cuba has won the right to have a judicial review of his case. Twenty two year old Feroz Abbasi has been held for six months without charge or access to a lawyer.

His family and campaigning lawyer Louise Christian have now forced the British government to at least give evidence of what it has done over Feroz and the four other British men held as 'suspected terrorists'.

Frank is freed after 26 years

ANOTHER miscarriage of justice was exposed last week as Frank Johnson was released from prison after 26 years for a crime he didn't commit. He was convicted of pouring petrol over a shop owner and setting him alight. Frank was freed midway through an appeal on Wednesday of last week. The judge said it was impossible for his conviction to be classed as 'safe'.

Frank was supported by Billy Power, a fellow Irishman and one of the Birmingham Six, who served 15 years after being wrongly convicted.

Utility firms exploit poor

POOR AND vulnerable customers are suffering because of the utility firms, according to a report by the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

The Fuel Picture report published last week looks at 3,400 individual cases brought by its clients over the last two years. In one case a utility firm changed the locks on an epileptic man's flat in a dispute over a fuel bill.

Another family had to wait four hours to gain entry to their home after their gas supplier changed the locks. It was eight days before they had any heating, cooking or hot water.

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Sat 6 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1807
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