Spending reduction protests
PROTESTS against forthcoming Government cuts were held in Darlington town centre at the weekend.
Saturday saw Darlington Against Cuts, a campaign group involving trade unions and community activists, hold a series of speeches in the town centre demonstrating against the planned reduction in public spending.
The speakers included local trade union officials, community leaders and the town’s MP, Jenny Chapman.
People were invited to sign a petition protesting against the cuts. Pat Buttle, one of the organisers, said: “It’s gone very well – lots of people have shown their support and 170 people signed our pledge for public services.”
Mrs Chapman said: “These cuts will affect everybody in Darlington. The way this Government is going about it, they will do untold damage.
“I’ve spoken to private business people in Darlington and they’re very worried. A lot of their customers are employed in the public sector.”