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The Socialist 11 May 2016

Tories retreat: now drive them out!

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May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

Chesterfield May Day demo

Chesterfield May Day demo   (Click to enlarge)

Chesterfield Socialist Party

"No ifs, no buts, no children's centre cuts" was the rallying cry at the largest Chesterfield May Day demonstration for many years on 2 May. Shoppers applauded the most vibrant section of the demonstration - local children's centre workers themselves - as they proudly carried a huge Unison campaign banner and Chesterfield Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition placards.

Local anti-academies campaigners also received an excellent reception as well as those junior doctors able to march.

The increased turnout is not insignificant. Socialist Party members in north east Derbyshire have reported an increasing mood of defiance over recent months, based mainly on the struggles of the junior doctors. Most noticeable were the number of women involved and the average age of marchers being much lower than normal.

Derbyshire's children's centres - 32 of which are under threat of closure from the Labour-controlled council - are staffed mostly by women, with up to 200 of them facing the sack.


In recent weeks, many of these have been out on the streets leafleting and collecting signatures against the closures. Local government union Unison estimates up to 50,000 people have signed their petition.

Dave Gorton, area organiser for Derbyshire Unison told the Socialist: "There is no support for these closures and, with county council elections next year, I'm surprised the Labour administration is continuing with its extremely unpopular plans".

The Socialist Party calls for the council to abandon these cuts, along with others, and use reserves for the next year to 'plug the gap'. In the meantime, the council should unite with the unions, community groups and anti-austerity campaigners to build a joint campaign to secure more funding from the weak Tory government. Simply making the cuts the Tories tell them to is helping no one.

The May Day festivities included an EU referendum meeting where Socialist Party member Karen Seymour shared a platform with Arthur Scargill, over 50 copies of the Socialist were sold and well over 100 raised for the fighting fund.

In this issue

Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories retreat: now drive them out!

No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity

Teachers force Tory academies u-turn

TUSC announces '20-city tour': the socialist case against the EU

Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!

Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators

What we saw

Them & Us

Socialist readers' comments and reviews

John Mann's Israel hypocrisy

Council estate exhibition shows the full picture

Film review: Eddie the Eagle

The Socialist postbag

Elections 2016

Elections showed anger and fragmentation

TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington

Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

Wales: no change and all change

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool

Workplace news and analysis

Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

Trade Union Bill becomes law

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Let kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests

What way forward for Tamil rights?

Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched

May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls

International socialist news and analysis

Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity

How to trump Donald


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