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Issue: 2464

Dated: 28 Jul 2015

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Nurses speak out against Tories’ health lies

The Tories’ plans to ram through “seven day working” in the NHS will hit health workers and patients hard.

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Reports round-up

Pride marches in Norwich and Nottingham | Safety monitors to strike at Sellafield | Gunstones strike postponed over new pay | Food bank protest against Tory MP David Mundell | Traffic wardens to strike in Hackney | Benefits protest in Milton Keynes

Luton hospital protesters are fed up of NHS privatisation

Some 40 people protested outside Luton and Dunstable hospital on Wednesday morning of last week against a new plan to privatise cleaning and housekeeping.

Protesters respond to racist attack in New Brighton

More than 100 people joined a march and vigil at just two days notice in New Brighton, The Wirral, last Saturday in response to a racist assault.

London Met university workers strike to defend their union

Workers at London Metropolitan University struck on Friday of last week in defence of jobs and against victimisations.

Canary Wharf protest forces construction bosses to follow the rules—instead of sacking the rep

Rank and file construction workers and their supporters took on the Morgan Stanley Corporation on Monday of this week—and won.

Suspension ups pressure on Bromley council workers

Bosses at Tory-controlled Bromley council in south east London have suspended Unite union rep Alan Brown.

Tube bosses threaten to dock pay for taking action

London Underground bosses last week threatened to dock workers’ pay for taking part in industrial action.

Protesters for Palestine move boundaries

Victory for right to protest against Elbit | Dancing against the backers of the war on Gaza | Bikers' Big Ride for Gaza

Cheers for Jeremy Corbyn in Bristol

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn spoke to a meeting of over 500 people in Bristol on Thursday of last week. 

Sheku Bayoh Campaign conference calls for justice against cops

Also: New inquiry into custody deaths, Duggan death anniversary vigil

Outrage as anti-choice protesters close abortion clinic

An abortion clinic’s forced closure shows activists must be ready to take on the bigots, says Judith Orr

Hillsborough cop: ‘I was one of the officers who pushed people back into the pen’

Fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster are continuing to hear evidence about fans’ last movements.

Peer’s expense-fuelled farce and Nick Clegg’s new job

Troublemaker looks at goings on in parliament, why the rich are better off, Boris's troublesome water cannon and what democracy means to the Lords

Turkey attacks Kurds after Isis assault

The Turkish state has renewed its war against the Kurdish movement after the Isis attack on Suruc, reports?Ken Olende

New files show how spooks tried to cover up child abuse

The MI5 security service pushed for a cover-up of child abuse allegations against Peter Morrison, according to Whitehall files.

Calais crisis caused by clampdown on migrants

A teenage boy’s body was found on the roof of a Eurotunnel train at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Folkestone, Kent, on Friday of last week.

Slasher firms want to asset-strip NHS

Outsourcing giant Capita has announced plans to slash more than 1,000 jobs when it takes on an NHS contract worth £1 billion. 

News in brief

Benefit sanctions to be reviewed | Prevent strategy claims toddler victim | New inquiry into spy cops | Cuts hit black people harder

All out for the National Gallery

Workers at the National Gallery have voted overwhelmingly to go on an all-out strike.

Welsh museum staff gear up to strike

PCS union members at the National Museum of Wales were set to strike this Saturday against bosses’ plans to scrap premium pay on weekends.

Anti-racists counter EDL in Lincoln

An English Defence League (EDL) march in Lincoln last Saturday was met with an anti-racist counter-protest.

Barristers’ action begins

The barristers’ Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began action on Monday of this week against Legal Aid cuts.


Syriza government blackmails rebel MPs as institutions return to Greece

Officials from Greece’s hated “Troika” of creditors returned to Athens on Tuesday of this week, six months after the new left government kicked them out.

Statement by the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists: on terrorism and closing the nation's ranks

A new statement and discussion document by the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) in Egypt has broken into the Egyptian mainstream media. We republish the statement in full.


Obama leads a new scramble for Africa

Barack Obama has economic as well as strategic motivations in mind for his extended interest in Africa, writes Alex Callinicos


As the Tories ramp up austerity—is Labour's Jeremy Corbyn the way forward?

The support for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is a very good sign but Labour isn’t the answer, argues Charlie Kimber, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)

Ghada Karmi - 'Dispossession is at the heart of the Palestinian problem'

Palestinian activist and writer Ghada Karmi, who published a new memoir recently, reflects on the fight for Palestinian rights

Resist David Cameron's Islamophobic industry of fear

The Tories relaunched their Islamophobic hate campaign with David Cameron’s speech on ‘extremism’. Ken Olende reports on how Muslims and anti-racists are responding


Motherland by Jo McMillan

This novel begins with a small left wing paper sale.

Britain on Film - fascinating and fun footage to watch online

Old home movies and newsreels have been in the news recently. But there is more to see than just rich Nazis.

Palestinians take centre stage at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the apartheid Israeli state made headlines at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

What We Think

Get rid of the Lords—then get rid of the rest

Disgraced peer Baron John Buttifant Sewel’s job used to include defending the unelected House of Lords. He would write indignant complaints about “wearied caricatures” whenever it was criticised.

Don’t bask in the Sun

The Sun has had a good couple of weeks. First there was the home movie of the royals giving Nazi salutes. Now there’s a video of unexplained origin of a Lord cavorting—as they like to put it—with white powder and women who work as prostitutes.

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Paul McGoay 1972-2015

Paul McGoay, who died this week, was a true socialist. He was a working class intellectual and a real friend to many who sought his help.


Glasgow striker,‘Solidarity helped us win’ | Collecting for Greeks | We can beat Tories | Blame West for Isis | Don’t comply with funding attacks | Nina Simone not jazz

Things they say

The week's news in their own words

Tory council nightmare to boost robbery by the rich

Selling off services means misery for ordinary people and more wealth for the rich—now the privateers are using cuts to grab more, writes Raymie Kiernan

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