Author Archive: Drew Walton

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The Pentrich Uprising

The Pentrich Uprising

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution of 1917, but the village of Pentrich in Derbyshire is celebrating the anniversary, 100 years earlier of its own “revolution”. It was one of the first workers’ uprisings, coming at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It was the last armed uprising in the UK. On the […]

Posted in: England, Organising
Opposing Hatred and Bigotry in Leicester

Opposing Hatred and Bigotry in Leicester

Leicester has been in the news a lot recently, because of the unprecedented success of its football team. However, we have seen the far-right attempt to jump on this bandwagon, oblivious to the multicultural nature of both Leicester and its footballing heroes. This was the scene last weekend: For two weekends in a row, the […]

Posted in: Anti-racism, Leicester
Support Junior Doctors, Save our NHS!

Support Junior Doctors, Save our NHS!

Our NHS is under attack like never before, and we must act now to save it. As a worker in the NHS and a UNISON member, I chaired a protest organised by Leicestershire Against The Cuts last Saturday. It brought together campaigners from groups such as TUSC, the Socialist Party, the Green Party, Momentum, and […]

Fire Cuts Cost Lives

Fire Cuts Cost Lives

Leicester is facing some of the most severe cuts to the fire service in the country. You might be forgiven for thinking that we live under a Tory council, such is the scale of attacks on services in the city. However, the Labour mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, who sits alongside a Tory as vice-chair of […]

Posted in: BFAWU, Cuts, FBU, Leicester
Cuts to Mental Health Funding Affect the Most Vulnerable

Cuts to Mental Health Funding Affect the Most Vulnerable

Mental health has long been seen by authorities as the “Cinderella” of the health service. It attracts relatively little funding because it is not visible and because people who suffer from mental health problems are less likely to be able to articulate their concerns. The cuts being passed on by my council in Leicester are […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester
A LUSH Political Debate

A LUSH Political Debate

Britain is a nation of animal lovers, they say – so it is surprising that events like the one above, where candidates were asked questions on their party’s stance on animal rights, are not more common. Animal rights was hardly mentioned in the mainstream media during this election campaign. From left to right above are […]

Posted in: Elections, Greens, Leicester, TUSC
TUSC is the Only Party Opposing Cuts

TUSC is the Only Party Opposing Cuts

Footage of myself and other candidates at Leicester South Hustings, at Highfields Community Centre – a local community facility, which is itself under threat because of cutbacks to council funding. This is at the hands of Leicester Council, which is overwhelmingly Labour-controlled. What is the point of Labour if it offers no opposition to Tory […]

Posted in: Elections, Leicester, TUSC
Darker Shade of Blue – Life on the Azure Card

Darker Shade of Blue – Life on the Azure Card

The Azure card is given to asylum seekers who are under Section 4, awaiting a result on their claim for asylum. The card limits where you can go to for food and other essentials and asylum seekers live on a measly £36.62 a week. They do not have access to other benefits and are not […]

Keep Hospital Services in the NHS

Keep Hospital Services in the NHS

The five board members in charge of Interserve, a private company which has taken charge of estates and facilities cleaning at three hospitals in Leicester, take home just under £3 million a year between them. The company took over the contract in January 2013, when 2,000 NHS staff transferred under a TUPE agreement – which […]

Scotland Revolts Against Austerity

Scotland Revolts Against Austerity

Scotland has voted “No” – while it is a pity that it is Salmond and not Cameron who is out of a job at the moment, there is still grounds for optimism. Whatever the result – we would still have to fight against austerity, be it from the SNP in Scotland, the Tories in Westminster, […]

Posted in: Organising