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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 August 2014

Campaign steps up on New Era estate

Brian Debus, Hackney Socialist Party

Hackney Socialist Party members have been campaigning on the New Era estate in Hoxton. The residents of the 90 flats on the estate (which is owned by Richard Benyon, the richest Tory MP) have had their rents increased by over 100 a month in the last year.

The residents' campaign has already received massive national publicity, but the local Labour council has done next to nothing to support the tenants. We call for the council to introduce rent controls to stop this blatant profiteering.

The tenants are planning mass petitioning in Hoxton Market and in the local park over the August bank holiday weekend.

In our first 90 minutes knocking on doors to talk to people on the estate, two of us sold 30 copies of the Socialist.

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■ Tackle the housing crisis by mass building of council houses

■ Cap all rents in the private sector at council rent level

■ Scrap the bedroom tax

■ For a 10 an hour minimum wage for all

■ Nationalise the house-building companies

■ Fight for a socialist society based on the needs of the overwhelming majority of people

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In The Socialist 20 August 2014:


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Government's economic mirage as election approaches

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USA: Ferguson erupts over police killing

Jess Spear election success


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Join the Fast Food Rights day of action on 28 August

Youth services: jobs and centres slashed

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Re-house Charlie Wort!

Protest camp brings NHS activists together

The People's March for the NHS

Liverpool anger at library closures

Campaigning for genuine equality at Leeds Pride

TUSC byelection reports


Socialist Party workplace news

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North West Fire Service call centre cuts catastrophe

BT pay cuts: we need less surveys, more action!

Surrey council workers look to strike on pay

Royal Mail workers stage unofficial walkout

Support London Taxi drivers' fight against deregulation


 

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