Author Archive: Heather Rawling

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Nottingham ‘Reclaim the Night’ March Highlights Cuts to Women’s Centres

Nottingham ‘Reclaim the Night’ March Highlights Cuts to Women’s Centres

A spirited and determined ‘Reclaim the Night’ march, organised by and for women, wound its way through the Saturday night revelry of Nottingham city centre on 18 November. The crowds were mostly supportive and even the buses and other traffic didn’t seem too bothered by their unexpected delay. The struggle against misogyny and violence against […]

Posted in: Organising, Women
Uprising to Save the NHS!

Uprising to Save the NHS!

An NHS ‘uprising’ took place in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 14 October! A determined 800-strong demonstration wound its way through the town. People are fighting against the night time closure of Grantham A&E and the systematic downgrading of services in their local hospital. But this was more than just about Grantham A&E. Campaigners in Louth […]

Posted in: NHS
Junior Doctors Defend NHS From Tories

Junior Doctors Defend NHS From Tories

The junior doctors and their union the BMA are in the front line of attacks on the NHS. After two one-day strikes in January and February, the latest stage of their campaign of industrial action was a 48-hour strike on 9-10 March. It will continue with two further 48-hour stoppages in April (see “Junior doctors’ […]

Women: Fight for Equality, Fight for Socialism

Women: Fight for Equality, Fight for Socialism

It’s hard to believe that in the 1990s, articles were appearing asking: “Is the future female?” and “Are we witnessing a genderquake?” Leading bourgeois feminists like Naomi Wolf in her book Fire with Fire argued: “Men are seeing their empire crumble. Their world is indeed dying. We must understand that we are in the final […]

Posted in: Women
Anger and Protest Against Fire Service Cuts in Leicestershire

Anger and Protest Against Fire Service Cuts in Leicestershire

A protest was organised by Leicestershire FBU at the county fire authority HQ in opposition to devastating cuts announced. Unbelievably they propose closing Leicester Central Fire Station, responsible for around 1,300 to 1,600 call-outs in the city every year and Kibworth Fire Station, covering a wide rural location. The money for frontline jobs and services […]

Posted in: Cuts, FBU
Corbyn Rekindles Labour Hope

Corbyn Rekindles Labour Hope

“Dare we hope” aptly summed up the mood of the 300-strong meeting in Leicester (31st July) to hear Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist leadership campaign message. I was speaking with Mary Higgins, a left-wing Labour Party member of old at the biggest gathering of socialists that Leicester has seen in a while. Spirits were lifted as people […]

Posted in: Leicester
Janner Case: Another Example of Establishment Child Abuse Cover Up

Janner Case: Another Example of Establishment Child Abuse Cover Up

The news that allegations of child sexual abuse committed by Lord Greville Janner are to be heard in court is to be welcomed. They should have been heard in a proper trial at least 25 years ago when public accusations were first made. Now there is to be a ‘trial of the facts’, where victims […]

Posted in: Leicester, Youth
Leicester’s Three TUSC Parliamentary Candidates Issue Challenge to Other Parties

Leicester’s Three TUSC Parliamentary Candidates Issue Challenge to Other Parties

The publication of the Sunday Times Rich List just last weekend once again highlighted the growing gap that exists between the super-rich and the majority of the people of Leicester. The Rich List highlights how over the last year the richest 1,000 people have seen a £28 billion rise in the wealth they control. Heather […]

TUSC Candidate Promises to Put the Needs of Workers Before Big Business

TUSC Candidate Promises to Put the Needs of Workers Before Big Business

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has announced their final parliamentary candidate, who will be standing in the Leicester West constituency. Heather Rawling has called for an alternative “budget for the working-class”, in the wake of the Chancellor’s budget of deepening cuts. “This Tory-Lib Dem Coalition has been a disaster for the 99%, whilst […]

Posted in: Elections, Leicester, TUSC
International Women’s Day: Reclaim the Day

International Women’s Day: Reclaim the Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) took place on 8 March. Christine Lagarde, head of the bosses’ International Monetary Fund (IMF), spoke on a ‘Women of the World’ platform. Women of the World has the Duchess of Cornwall as its president, and is based on women who represent the super-rich 1%. Not quite the world you and […]

Posted in: Women