It was a successful and uplifting anti-cuts conference in Birmingham yesterday. The Dickens room was filled to capacity, and over the course of three hours those attending heard the introduction by John McDonnell MP, attended the workshops on the Birmingham cuts or building new anti-cuts groups, and then spent nearly two hours debating and voting on the resolutions and amendments. The conference was closed with a speech from Pete Radcliff, the secretary of the newly formed body – Councillors against the Cuts.
John said that it was no surprise that the austerity onslaught has been met initially with muted resistance, but that up and down the country things are now changing. Our conference was part of that pattern. Pete Radcliff said that Councillors against the Cuts is seeking to expand its support over the next year. Let us hope that this aspiration finds a resonance in Birmingham.
All the resolutions were…
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