Portsmouth group to protest at Tory conference

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ANTI-cuts group Pact is arranging to take protesters to the Tory conference this weekend.

Portsmouth Against Cuts Together has organised a coach to Manchester, where the political party’s conference begins tomorrow.

It will leave The Hard at 5.45am, to arrive at midday.

The group will join protests against what it sees as unnecessarily harsh cuts which it says hit the poor harder than the rich, and could cause deaths and homelessness among the nation’s worst-off.

Pact convenor Jon Woods said: ‘Trade unionists, pensioners, unemployed workers and students will be in Manchester to show opposition to the Tories. Anyone who wants to come is welcome.’

Pact has also arranged a public meeting on Wednesday, October 5, called ‘Global Austerity and Cuts: Why are we being forced to pay for the crisis?’

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in Room F, Portsmouth Central Library.

Speakers will include Gianna Tzanoukaki on Greece’s resistance to EU-imposed cuts, Phil Wood on potential strike action on November 30, and Estelle Cooch about the Right to Work campaign.

For details contact Mr Woods on 07921 775828.