The Liberal Democrats are holding their annual conference at the ICC in Birmingham this year, and there will be a demonstration on Sunday 18th.
The demo has been called by Midlands TUC and Right to Work, and is being supported by all the anti-cuts groups in the West Midlands, including anti-cuts groups in Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Shropshire, North Staffs, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby and Worcester.
TUC and Right to Work are currently arranging the route of the march, and initially talks have made it clear that the march will go past the ICC and through Birmingham City Centre, but the exact route needs to be finalised.
The assembly point has provisionally been set at Moor Street Train Station, for 12 noon.
7,000 people came to Birmingham for the Tory conference march on a rainy October saturday. 10,000 people went to Sheffield for the Lib Dem spring conference in March. We can get even more to Birmingham for this demonstration.
The Liberal Democrats are the junior partner in the coalition, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they aren’t getting what they want. They may have pledged to vote against tuition fees, but even though the coalition agreement allowed them to vote no, many MPs – including our own John Hemming (MP for Yardley) voted for the tuition fee rise. They may have talked about taking action and regulating the banking sector, but they haven’t. Nor have they stopped any cuts, or even appeared to try to prevent the Tories cuts.
We need to be out to make sure that the Lib Dem leadership knows that we think they are every bit as bad as the Tories, and that we will oppose them. We need to let them know that the loss of votes in polls (Lib Dems hovering at 8-9% in yougov polls since the local elections – were at 10%-11% before). is not just in the polls, but also on the streets. Wishful thinking implores me to say something along the lines of “lets get them down to 5% after their conference”, but I think they might already be that low by the time we come to September ;).
We also need to show a continued resistance to the cuts and to this government. By September, more cuts will have had an effect on people’s lives, and the signs for an economic recovery do not look good (Amongst other indications, Aprils budget deficit was the highest ever).
It’s a few months off. Many plans are still to be worked out, but we need to put this date in our diaries, and start building for it now, especially at and after 30th June. Help promote it by attending and inviting people to our facebook event.
The Tory conference is being held in Manchester in October, and there will also be a demonstration there on October 2nd
The Lib Dem demonstration was originally planned for Saturday 17th, until some bright spark realised that this would clash with the Chainmakers Festival and the demo was moved to the Sunday – so if you see any publicity around saying it’s the 17th, this is wrong – and please let us / the website know that the date has moved.