Saturday, 20 June 2015

A testing time for anti-austerity parties

"Tens of thousands of people are taking part in anti-austerity demonstrations in UK cities."

"The biggest march was in London, where thousands of people attended a rally outside the Bank of England before marching to the Houses of Parliament."

"Union leaders and celebrities including Russell Brand and Charlotte Church have addressed crowds, while protests also took place in Liverpool and Glasgow."

"The government says austerity measures are vital to cutting the deficit."

"The London rally was also addressed by Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, and Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn."

"The protest was organised by protest group the People's Assembly, who said 250,000 people have attended. The Met Police has not estimated how many people were there."

"Thousands of people also attended that rally in Glasgow, which was organised by Scotland United Against Austerity."

Nicola Sturgeon and SNP MPs (Reuters)
Anti-austerity SNP (Channel 4)

The SNP underspent its budget by about 200 million pounds. On that basis a petition has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to provide direct funding to food banks in order that rising need can be met. So far there has been no response to the petition from the Scottish Government.

The closing date for the Online Petition is 30 July 2015:

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