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Councils face anti-cuts anger in Warrington and Hammersmith

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Issue 2348
Protesting at Hammersmith Town Hall
Protesting at Hammersmith Town Hall (Pic: Raymie Kiernan)


Around 100 anti-cuts activists and members of the Unite union protested outside Warrington town hall on Thursday of last week, as councillor Kevin Bennett faced a disciplinary hearing from the Labour group.

Kevin, a member of Unite and previously of its executive council, was suspended indefinitely from the council’s Labour group after defying the Labour whip to vote against cuts last month.

“We need to show the people of Warrington that we have got the guts to stand up for them,” said Kevin.

“This council could safeguard jobs and services for the next 12 months by using reserves and borrowing.”

Unite’s policy is to defend councillors who oppose the cuts, but this is the first time it has been put into practice.

Residents and campaigners protested in Hammersmith & Fulham in west London on Monday evening of this week. 

They went to the Tory mayor Belinda Donovan’s local surgery, angry at attacks on benefits and the council’s new housing rules 

But she didn’t show.

New council rules have kicked thousands of people off the waiting list for a council home, and hiked the rents. 

Outrageously, social housing tenants in the borough could lose their homes if they do not carry out unpaid work.

Raymie Kiernan




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