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Coming events

28 May 2005
Friday 27 MayPoet Benjamin Zephaniah hosts Moving Forward Together, a film and music benefit night to support the Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm. The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6. More details from 07770 432 439.


28 May 2005
State of exclusion Seven women from Birmingham recently attempted to take money to a project for needy Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories.

Raising Respect's banner in Slough

21 May 2005
Respect had some amazing results in the general election on 5 May, coming second in seats in east London and Birmingham and of course George Galloway’s win in Bethnal Green & Bow.

A moral victory for Salma Yaqoob in Birmingham

07 May 2005
Salma took second place with a total of 10,498 votes, some 27.5 percent. Godsiff came first with 13,787.

Campaign round-up

05 May 2005
Birmingham The Respect campaign team continues to expand as more and more people are volunteering and canvassing.

A wonderful reception for these Respect and SSP candidates

30 April 2005
Birmingham Teams of volunteers flocked to Salma Yaqoob’s campaign headquarters over the weekend and distributed 3,000 placards around the Sparkbrook & Small Heath constituency. Others spent many hours canvassing, distributing campaign material and organising.

Rover — betrayed by Blair and the union leaders

23 April 2005
The immense anger at the government and the bosses they gave the Longbridge plant to was visible on the streets of Birmingham last weekend.

Respect in the news

16 April 2005
"Ahmed will vote Respect on 5 May. His immediate complaint against the government was the war in Iraq. But his criticisms of the coalition are shorthand to describe a deeper resentment. George Galloway chose the name of his new political party with care."Roy Hattersley, former Labour deputy leader on the election campaign in his former constituency in Birmingham

Labour collects postal votes

16 April 2005
New Labour in east London is adopting the same practices that allowed the postal voting fraud exposed in Birmingham.

Mainstream parties that offer no solutions to Rover crisis

16 April 2005
Many arguments over what should be done to save Longbridge could be heard among Rover workers and on the streets of Birmingham at the weekend.

Rover workers’ anger at Labour

16 April 2005
Shock and bitterness spread throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands as news that Rover was going bust broke on Thursday night last week.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.


09 April 2005
Around 500 people packed into the Amir Millet community centre in Sparkhill, Birmingham, last Saturday to back Respect general election candidate Salma Yaqoob.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Police ‘aided’ Birmingham ballot fraud

12 March 2005
Police seized fraudulent ballot papers for council elections in Birmingham last year — and then delivered them to the official count, a court heard last week.

Birmingham electoral fraud scandal

05 March 2005
Six Labour councillors in the Bordesley Green and Aston wards of Birmingham have been accused of mass vote-rigging in last year’s local elections.

Reviews in brief

12 February 2005
The Maids Written by Jean GenetNaach Theatre Company14 and 15 February, MAC Theatre, Birmingham,phone 01214403838<a href="" target = "_blank"></a> IN THIS unusual and biting perspective on class relations, two maids of a wealthy woman live out a rich fantasy life.

‘Riches for Rover boss—but what about us?’

27 November 2004
WORKERS AT Rover’s Longbridge plant in Birmingham are facing more uncertainty after the news that a Chinese firm is manoeuvring to take over the company.

David Spencer 1949 - 2004

20 November 2004
MEMBERS OF the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in Birmingham and around the country were deeply shocked to learn of the death of Dave Spencer.

In brief

30 October 2004
Bosses won’t shed two tiers PORTERS AND cleaners at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham are heading for a confrontation with their bosses over "two-tier" working.

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