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Tamils demonstrate in London against offensive in Sri Lanka

03 February 2009
Over 50,000 British Tamils led an angry march through central London over the ongoing military offensive in North Eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday of last week. Several thousand of demonstrators occupied Westminster Bridge for several hours demanding to know why the BBC, which covers the Indian continent more than most news services, has ignored the plight of ethnic Tamils.

Arrested after bus workers march

11 November 2008
Two Unite union bus reps are calling on other trade unionists and bus workers to support them when they appear in Westminster magistrates’ court in December. The case relates to an incident that took place after the demonstration that launched the London bus workers’ campaign.

Scottish Labour leadership contenders stick to Brown’s script

19 August 2008
The spin from inside New Labour is that the party leadership accepts that it will lose the forthcoming Westminster by-election in Glenrothes to the Scottish National Party (SNP). It would be a shocking indictment of New Labour to lose yet another rock solid Labour seat.

Pimlico school to strike again

01 July 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at Pimlico School, Westminster, have announced three more days of strike action in their ongoing campaign over their lunch break. The strike dates are 3 July, 9 July and 15 July.

Lobby MPs and parliament to defend abortion rights

13 May 2008
Build the lobby of parliament, 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 May, Old Palace Yard, opposite St Stephens Entrance to the House of Commons, London (Westminster tube)If your MP is holding a surgery this weekend organise a lobby of it to demand they attend the debate and vote to defend abortion rightsTrade unionists can insist on a pro-choice vote from union-sponsored MPsWrite or phone your MP to demand they defend a woman’s right to chooseOrganise an emergency meeting in your workplace or college to raise awareness of the vote and to build the lobbyHold Abortion Rights stalls in city centres and at workplacesLeaflet your workplace, hall of r

Stop the War mounts 'wall of sound' against Tony Blair

08 April 2008
Over 500 protesters turned out against Tony Blair when he spoke about "faith and globalisation" at London's Westminster Cathedral on the evening of Thursday of last week.

Wall of sound demonstration to silence Tony Blair this Thursday

02 April 2008
The Stop the War Coalition is asking as many people as possible to help create a wall of sound to accompany Tony Blair as he gives a lecture on Faith and Globalisation at Westminster Cathedral in London on Thursday 3 April.

Westminster teacher's strike

27 November 2007
Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Pimlico School in Westminster, London were on strike on Tuesday of this week against their lunch break being cut.

Delegates discuss the way forward for Respect

20 November 2007
Some 350 delegates and observers gathered to discuss the way forward at Respect’s fourth annual conference, held at the University of Westminster in central London.

Respect conference looks to the future (part 1)

17 November 2007
Some 350 delegates and observers gathered to discuss the way forward at Respect’s fourth annual conference, held at the University of Westminster in central London.

Racism has destroyed my boys’ hope

17 April 2007
Antonia Michel is a single parent living in Westminster, central London. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the pressures facing black boys at school and college – and how racism in the education system and job market impacts on their lives.

Labour on course to lose Scotland

07 April 2007
Fear finally hit home last week among New Labour leaders at Westminster at news that the Scottish National Party (SNP) is maintaining a consistent lead over Labour for the Scottish parliament elections on 3 May. They fear that Labour is on course to lose in one of its historic heartlands.

Launch of modern abortion law campaign

10 March 2007
Over 100 abortion rights campaigners gathered near Westminster last Saturday. It was the launch of a year of celebrations of 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, and the beginning of a campaign for a modern abortion law.

People's Assembly is our chance to join the war debate that parliament will not hold

10 March 2007
From across Britain, delegations from trade unions, mosques, anti-war groups, colleges and all walks of life will heading to Westminster Central Hall on 20 March – the fourth anniversary of George Bush and Tony Blair's disastrous attack on Iraq.

The illusion of Britishness

18 November 2006
In the past few years a peculiarly old-fashioned - and sinister - set of phrases has re-entered the political vocabulary of the Westminster establishment. New Labour ministers and their Tory shadows are increasingly talking about "British values" and "our way of life".

Physiotherapists' Westminster protest

22 July 2006
Hundreds of physiotherapy students and graduates protested in Westminster on Tuesday to demand urgent government action over the jobs crisis facing thousands of newly qualified physiotherapists.

By-election blues for both big parties

08 July 2006
The Westminster village has moved remarkably quickly to bury the parliamentary by-elections in Blaenau Gwent and Bromley & Chislehurst on Thursday of last week. That is because they contradict the official story about where British politics is going.

Council workers refuse to take the high road up to Scotland

04 February 2006
Some 200 outsourced Westminster council workers, rocked by the news that they had been given notice to move to the Scottish Highlands or lose their jobs, held a spirited lobby of the central London council’s meeting on Wednesday of last week.

Westminster council threatens jobs move to highlands

28 January 2006
Tory run Westminster council in London and its partner Westminster Vertex last week announced that 400 council jobs will be moved to the Scottish Highlands. No consultation with the workers has taken place.

‘We need each other’

26 November 2005
"I bring greetings from the Left Bloc in Portugal to Respect, which we see as a sister organisation to our own. We stood in our first elections six years ago and won two MPs. In this year’s elections we won eight MPs. That means we can make a lot of noise. Imagine having eight George Galloways in Westminster — it would make the walls shake!

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