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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Peace Group joins 'Northern Towns Against the Cuts' Rally

Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group ensured that Rochdale borough was well represented at the 'Northern Towns Against the Cuts' rally in the Piece Hall, Halifax on Saturday (12 February 2011). They joined trade unionists, students and other campaigners from towns across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire in calling for the government to stop its cuts to public services. Speakers deplored the devastating cuts being made in adult social care and other services across the region and urged as many people as possible to join the TUC's 'March for the Alternative' in London on Saturday 26 March 2011.

Peace Group supporters, including Milly Carver and her mother Kirsty (pictured), distributed leaflets from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) calling for the government to 'Cut Trident, not jobs, education, health', while Philip Gilligan carried a model of a Trident missile bearing a price tag of £97billion (£97,000,000,000).

Philip Gilligan said,

"The coalition government seems intent on forcing local authorities to drastically reduce services for even the most vulnerable groups, but Cameron and Clegg never tell us the full story. They repeatedly claim that their devastating cuts are necessary to remove a deficit of £164billion. However, they fail to tell us that bringing an end to tax avoidance and evasion could bring-in an extra £123billion to the Exchequer every year. They, also, ignore the fact that an end to the disastrous war in Afghanistan, scrapping Trident and cancelling government plans to develop an ever more deadly nuclear missile system would save another £136billion.

Our country has no need to make cuts in essential services. There are very real alternatives to the government's unrelenting attack on our education, health and social services. The Peace Group was very pleased to support today's rally in Halifax as it was the Unison lobby at Rochdale Town Hall on Thursday night (10 February 2011). We will continue to remind all politicians that our country needs welfare, not war and that we want decent public services, not nuclear weapons. We look forward to doing so again when we join the many thousands of people marching for the alternative in London on Saturday 26 March."