South London People’s Assembly rallying against austerity measures

News Shopper: South London People’s Assembly campaigners at the rally South London People’s Assembly campaigners at the rally

CAMPAIGNERS backed by Orpington comedian Josie Long have held a rally to show their opposition to government spending cuts.

At the South London People’s Assembly (SLPA) event carollers sang anti-austerity carols, leaflets were handed out and people signed a petition against cuts to public spending.

The political group is working on alternatives to the government’s austerity programme and a plan of action to oppose it.

SLPA secretary Lia Korn said: “The event was to raise awareness mostly.

“We got a lot of signatures on the petition during the day.”

Miss Korn added: “Young people’s futures are bleaker than ever and the sick and disabled are being denied disability living allowance – their means of living a dignified and independent life.

“Austerity is not making people’s lives better – it’s making things much worse.

“It’s important that local issues are represented and brought up to a national level.

“We want to cover issues involving disability, housing problems and racism as well as others.

“The People’s Assembly is saying enough is enough. “If you live in south London, and you're against what this government's doing, please join us at South London People’s Assembly.

“We want it to be your assembly, so come and make your voice heard.”

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Miss Long (pictured above) is a campaign supporter, as well as Independent columnist Owen Jones, writer Jack Monroe and John McDonnell MP, general secretary of the communication workers’ union.

The SLPA rally took place in Brixton last Saturday.

Click here to find out how to join the SLPA or find the group on Facebook.

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