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Dear friends of the NHS Despite the three week lock-down the government has failed to keep us safe. @DefendOurNHS is increasingly frustrated and angry at the inadequate government response to the crisis*. Our message is simple. We ask you to adopt it and share it as widely as possible. The message is Test! Trace! PPE! The hashtag on twitter is #TestTracePPE. Let’s try to have a Twitter ‘storm’ at 5:00pm on Wednesday. Please use this message at every opportunity when contacting family, friends and the wider public. You might also include the message in the rainbow posters appearing in windows. […]
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General comments:   It was wonderful to be amongst such an enthusiastic group of diverse people, of wide age range, varied skin tones, many dressed relating to the country of their family origins, with and without disabilities (wheel chairs were very much in evidence); they seemed to reflect the diversity of our population as I experience it on the street. There was a joyful atmosphere despite almost all the topics reflecting the distress amounting to cruelty imposed by this current government on those least able to fight back; the hunger for change, just the prospect of being able to work in […]
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Speaker The meeting opened with an address by Debbie Abrahams MP.  She gave us a brief but comprehensive summary of the difficulties we all see everywhere, every day, and tied them firmly to the Austerity policies introduced and implemented ruthlessly by the Coalition and Tory governments since 2010.  Widening inequality is THE biggest issue of our times, she said, greater here than elsewhere in Europe and in the OECD.  Income disparities are worse for the poor, with children and women losing out disproportionately, with impact on reducing growth too.  None of these matters were recognised in the Chancellor’s Spring statement, […]
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