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Coming together in Bradford against New Labour’s betrayals

by Caroline Conway
Issue No. 1977

Salma Yaqoob

Salma Yaqoob


It’s not just universities that are seeing huge Respect meetings. Some 500 people poured into St George’s Hall on Tuesday of last week to attend Bradford’s biggest political rally in living memory.

George Galloway, Salma Yaqoob and John Rees all spoke vividly about the betrayals of New Labour, from the war and occupation to civil liberties, education, housing, climate change and pensions.

They enthusiastically endorsed the urgent need to build Respect in West Yorkshire, to forge a real unity in the fight for a better future.

The Human Relief Foundation spoke of its work for victims of the Pakistan earthquake, and caretakers in dispute at Huddersfield Technical College appealed for support for their strike over disgraceful rates of pay.

Stalls from local community organisations included Yorkshire CND, Bradford Stop the War, Campaign Against Climate Change, and Justice for Omar Deghayes. More than 50 people joined Respect.

A DVD of the event will be available soon. Contact Bradford Respect on 07977 472 190 or e-mail respectbradford@dsl.pipex.com


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