Thursday, 3 March 2011

Cycle protesters join the Brighton Stop the Cuts protest as Greens and Labour vow to overturn Conservative budget

Left, Stop the cuts march in Hove, Cllr Bill Randall on the right

3 March 2011. Cyclists protesting cycle lane closures joined the Stop the Cuts protest outside Brighton Town Hall today, as Greens and Labour promised to overturn the Conservative budget.

The budget proposes £34m in cuts, and reduction in council tax of 1% with loss of hundreds of jobs in front line services - while spending £1.1m on ripping out cycle lanes and building doing up car parks. Prominent among the marchers were Green Councillors. Councillor Bill Randall, leader of the Greens, said, as he went into the full council meeting at 4.30 pm: "Greens and Labour will overturn this budget."

Speakers in front of Brighton Town Hall, Cyclists bring up the rear of the march
Around a dozen cyclists met outside Hove Town Hall at 3pm and cycled to King's House, along the Drive, where they joined other
cyclists among over 100 Stop the Cuts protesters. The protest march was led by the deep blue banner of Brighton and Hove Unison, and followed by banners and placards of the GMB, Brighton and Hove Green Party, National Union of Teachers, the Socialist Party, Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers, Benefits Campaign and others.

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