Protest against cuts to Sure Start in Newcastle – 7 August 2014

‘Play-in-their-way’ protest against cuts to Sure Start services in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

On Thursday 7 August Parents Against Cuts and supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) took to Northumberland Street, Newcastle’s main high-street, to protest against cuts to Sure Start services across the city. As we have previously reported, £1m has already been cut from the service and Newcastle Labour council is making a reduction totalling at least 65% of all Sure Start funding. Parents Against Cuts has organised fun, militant protests to put pressure on the council to reverse its decision.

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Newcastle: no cuts to Sure Start!

Parents in Newcastle have launched an independent campaign against council cuts to Sure Start services. At its first Parents Against Cuts activity on 23 July, scores of families attended a Teddy Bears' Protest outside the Labour-led Civic Centre. While children played and protested with their teddies to passing council workers, parents held an open-air meeting to discuss the next steps for the campaign. The mood was militant, with the majority of parents seeing the need to force the council to reverse its decision, and taking a position against all cuts.

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Reply to Alex Snowdon of Counterfire

Protesting outside the BBC in Newcastle 22 July 2014

Alex Snowdon, from the organisation Counterfire, has got in a fluster. Hiding behind the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), he has lashed out at the RCG and FRFI in Newcastle for not doing as the PSC or Counterfire wants. The root of his outburst is his concern to protect the Labour Party from criticism over its support for Zionism. Snowdon's statement is very long, but it only merits a brief response. Just a few points on which he needs correction:

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North East Events coming up..

We have street actions and political educational meetings in Newcastle every week – for details call 07858346276 or email

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