Portsmouth protesters join march against austerity cuts

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PROTESTERS from Portsmouth joined tens of thousands of people in a London protest march against the government’s austerity measures.

Unison, Unite and PCS organised coaches which left from Guildhall Square in Portsmouth on Saturday morning, to join the 150,000-strong protest in the capital. Many others made their own way to the demonstration, which finished in Hyde Park.

Ian McCulloch and his partner Tracey New travelled to the capital on Saturday to join in the demonstration.

Mr McCulloch, from North End, said he felt compelled to join in because of how strongly he felt about the cuts to public services.

‘It went really well and I was pleased to see so many people here,’ said the 50-year-old of Fearon Road, who took part as a member of the Green party.

‘There were an awful lot of people who are upset for various reasons.

‘For us it’s about the austerity measures being pushed by the government.’

The protests, which took place in London, Glasgow and Belfast passed off peacefully.

The government says the austerity measures are essential in order to cut the country’s deficit.