Respect councillor Michael Lavalette spoke to 13,000 football supporters at the Preston North End match last Saturday about the Asian tsunami and debt cancellation. Preston is holding a day of action over the tsunami disaster, set for Thursday of this week.
Michael told Socialist Worker:
‘On 27 December, as the full horror of the tsunami became clear, Preston Respect launched a campaign to have a city-wide day of action.
Local councillors and the MP were remarkable silent in the face of what had happened and the Respect campaign gained a lot of local support.
An organising meeting brought 26 people together from all the major faith groups in the city, charities, trades unions and the Youth Council.
This meeting agreed a motion that stressed the need for immediate relief as well as the demand for debt abolition. It also asked councillors to donate their January allowances to the appeal.
At the council meeting on 6 January the Labour and Conservative groups presented a joint amendment that deleted any reference to global inequality or debt—and dropped any requirement for councillors to contribute their allowances!’