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If Corbyn Shows Fight, He Can Win

If Corbyn Shows Fight, He Can Win

The following letter was published in today’s issue of the Leicester Mercury. With the announcement of a snap general election earlier this week, it seems the time is up for the Blairite plotters. Labour will head into a general election with a socialist at the helm! The main reason a general election has been called […]

Posted in: Elections
Leicester Campaigners Join Massive Protest in London to Defend NHS
By 05/03/2017 Read More →

Leicester Campaigners Join Massive Protest in London to Defend NHS

An estimated 250,000 people joined a demonstration in London yesterday to save the NHS, making it the largest of its kind in history. And the Save Glenfield campaigners were there in force! More than 100 activists from Leicester, including many involved with the Save Glenfield Heart Centre group, attended the demonstration – supported by PCS […]

Posted in: BMA, Cuts
Thousands March to Defend Glenfield Heart Centre

Thousands March to Defend Glenfield Heart Centre

By Charles Wheeler “Do not be debilitated by those who tell you protests and marches don’t mean anything,” Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey told Glenfield Children’s Heart Unit campaigners. Despite snow and freezing temperatures, 2,000 people – including patients and their families, trade unionists and members of the public – took to the streets of […]

Will Leicester City Council Listen to Adventure Playground Campaigners?

Will Leicester City Council Listen to Adventure Playground Campaigners?

Well over 100 campaigners, including parents and children, joined a lobby of Leicester City Council last Thursday to oppose cuts to adventure playground services across the city. Leicester’s adventure playgrounds are used by over 10,000 children citywide. They provide children and young people with supervised access to play, sports, and arts facilities, as well as […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, Youth
Over One Thousand March to Save Glenfield Heart Unit

Over One Thousand March to Save Glenfield Heart Unit

More than one thousand people attended a march in Leicester today in opposition to the proposed closure of Glenfield Children’s Heart Unit. NHS England claim that the closure of Glenfield has nothing to do with budget cuts, but is about “standards and quality of service”. This is total rubbish. The Tories are planning to cut […]

UKIP in Chaos

UKIP in Chaos

As predicted by The Socialist, the vote to leave the EU has plunged UKIP into an existential crisis. Nigel Farage has resigned. His replacement, Diane James, stood down after just 18 days. And now, two UKIP MEPs have been involved in a punch up which left the new leadership candidate, Steven Woolfe, hospitalized. So much […]

Posted in: UKIP
Huge Support for Corbyn and Socialist Ideas in Derby
By 16/08/2016 Read More →

Huge Support for Corbyn and Socialist Ideas in Derby

Over one thousand people gathered at Cathedral Green in Derby at midday today to listen to Jeremy Corbyn make his second bid for the Labour leadership. The meeting took place following public accusations by the former Blairite cabinet minister Dame Margaret Beckett that Corbyn supporters are turning the Labour Party into a “fan club”. Speaking […]

Posted in: Uncategorised
Leicester Stands Up For Corbyn

Leicester Stands Up For Corbyn

Dozens of protestors assembled at Leicester Clock Tower this afternoon in a show of solidarity with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose position is currently under threat from the right wing of his party. Since last Thursday, when the public voted to leave the EU referendum, some twenty members of Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet have resigned […]

Posted in: Leicester
Exiting the EU: The Socialist Alternative

Exiting the EU: The Socialist Alternative

On Friday 3 June, Voluntary Action Leicestershire hosted a panel to discuss what the EU Referendum will mean for the voluntary and community sector in Leicester and Leicestershire. The audience was polled at the beginning and the end to see if they had changed their minds. Before the debate 14% were for leave, 63% were […]

Leicester Makes Short Shrift of Britain First

Leicester Makes Short Shrift of Britain First

Like much of the East Midlands, Leicester is well known for its multi-ethnic communities. Narborough Road, for instance, has recently been named as one of the most multicultural streets in the country. It is perhaps for this reason above all that the vile right wing organisation Britain First thought that their ideas might resonate here. […]

Posted in: Anti-racism, Leicester