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MORE than 600 people are expected to attend a march against cuts, which will take place in Winchester tomorrow.

Trades unionists, including an expected 250 from Portsmouth, will take to the streets to protest against government and Hampshire County Council cuts to jobs and services.

Mick Tosh, of Portsmouth’s Trades Union and Socialist Coalition, said: ‘We’re marching through the city to show our opposition to what the government’s doing by cutting services. It’s a local version of the national march in London on March 26 this year. But we also want to show Hampshire County Council that we oppose their own cuts, which will see job losses and people suffering from reduced services.’

Speakers at the demonstration will include Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, RMT union assistant national secretary Mark Carden, NUT national executive member Jerry Glazier, and Becci Frost and Catherine Ovendon of Save Our Children’s Centres.

The march starts at midday from Oram’s Arbour on Clifton Road, and travels through the city before returning to the arbour at 1pm for a rally.

Mr Tosh said: ‘There are two coaches booked from Portsmouth, and they will be full, but other people like the RMT members will have train passes so will travel up that way. We’re expecting hundreds, maybe 600 or more. Anyone who wants to join in should just come along on the day.’

The march will protest against the county council’s £55m of cuts, as well as those by other councils, including Portsmouth City Council which has cut £15m from its budget.