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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 April 2015

School crossing campaigner stands for TUSC

Brian Loader, Chesterfield Socialist Party

Derbyshire county council plans to scrap all school crossing patrols in the latest round of a monumental 157 million cuts programme.

Two young school workers, Lisa Pritchard and Kelly Stevens, have launched their own campaign to save the patrols.

They have been received tremendous support, collecting thousands of signatures from concerned parents. There is outrage at Labour councillors prepared to let kids attempt to cross some of the busiest roads in the county unaided.

Launch meeting

Lisa attended the recent TUSC election campaigns launch meeting for Chesterfield and Bolsover. She reported to the meeting how councillors had suggested other 'responsible adults' could assist instead of the patrols. Bang goes the advice to children about not speaking to strangers, then!

The meeting went on to unanimously select Matt Whale as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Chesterfield, and also adopted council candidates for the two areas.

To everyone's delight, Lisa put forward her name - and she will now be standing for TUSC in May.

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In The Socialist 2 April 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

No cuts to welfare!

Save our schools

How to fight the anti-union laws

NHS funding crisis deepens

End punitive benefit sanctions now!

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: campaigning for a working class party

Greece: negotiations continue

US: Seattle gets a raise!

Solidarity with Cypriot workers

Tunisia: thousands demonstrate


Elections 2015

Kick out rotten MPs and councillors

TUSC set for TV broadcast

School crossing campaigner stands for TUSC

Gloucester College hustings: Scrap all fees

Defend further education

Socialist Party general election appeal 2015


Socialist Party workplace news

Teachers need national action

Unison special conference votes for new pay claim

London bus companies forced into pay talks

Bolton Uni: reinstate Damien and Jenny Markey!

Leeds: Save our train guards

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

Students occupy for free education


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Election 2015 Cameron and Miliband Live

Axing Clause IV: Making Labour safe for capitalism

Working in the NHS: Low pay, cuts and stress

The Great Money Trick: Another World is Possible

The new look Socialist - thumbs up from readers


 

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