Defend the NHS in Manchester and upcoming events

If you are coming to Manchester for the national demonstration at the Tory Party Conference, look out for the large blue and white national KONP balloon, which also says Unite and for the Leeds KONP banner. We will be on Oxford Road about 11.20. The initial rally starts with music at 12.30 in All Saints Park, at the head of the march and there will be speeches from 1pm. Speeches and music will continue as the march sets off at 1.30pm and progresses up Oxford Road and passes the stage, meaning that ( in theory!) participants towards the back of the march also get a chance to hear contributions as they are moving off.

The march will follow a circuit round the Tory Conference Centre and arrive in Castlefields Arena, which is not far from Deansgate/ Whitworth Road, for the closing rally around 3.30/4pm. Speakers @ Castlefields Arena include:
Charlotte Church, Owen Jones, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Julie Hesmondhalagh (Actress), Mark Steel (Comedian), Sam Fairbairn (People’s Assembly), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Dave Ward (CWU), Dr Anas Tikriti (Muslim Association of Britain), Francesca Martinez (Comedian), Steve Sweeny (Morning Star), Anita Wright (National Assembly of Women), John Rees (Stop the War Coalition) et al.

There is lots going on in Manchester from 3-7th October, including music and comedy gigs as well as film shows, talks and meetings. See http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/manctimetable?/ Particularly relevant to the campaign to Save/ Bring Back the NHS are :

Monday 5th October 12 noon “No to TTIP” protest outside Manchester Town Hall and

5.30pm STOP TTIP meeting in Central Methodist Hall, Oldham St. Manchester with : Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP Owen Jones, author, columnist, activist John Rees, People’s Assembly Paula Barker, UNISON NW Rowan Mataram, Stop TTIP Manchester Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth John Hilary, War on Want. The mtg will debate TTIP and the Left’s position on Britain’s membership of the EU. There will also be a special preview of a new production by Common Wealth Theatre Company.

Tuesday 6th October : 11.30 in Central Hall “Hands Off Our NHS “ rally and protest organised by Keep our NHS Public and other campaigns.

38 Degrees have another petition re the proposed privatisation of Barnsley Children’s Services which you might like to sign. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-privatisation-of-barnsley-children-s-services

The next NHS protest / flashmob choir practice with choir leader, Frances Bernstein is booked for Friday 20th November 6- 7.30 at the Quaker meeting House (on Woodhouse lane) We’re sure you’ll love it.

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