Town centre march opposes service cuts

Protest march through Scarborough as part of nationwide opposition against cuts to services
Protest march through Scarborough as part of nationwide opposition against cuts to services

A small demonstration was held today in Scarborough town centre as part of a national day of protest against cuts to services.

It was organised by Scarborough Trades Council and coincided with a number of similar marches held across the UK.

Protest march through Scarborough as part of nationwide opposition against cuts to services

Protest march through Scarborough as part of nationwide opposition against cuts to services

As well as a number of concerned individuals there were representatives from a number of political groups including the Labour and Green Parties.

Cllr Eric Broadbent, leader of the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council, had helped organise the event and said: “Tens of thousands of people from across the country will be demonstrating in the capital on today against the government’s austerity policies and to call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first.”

He added that he was sure concerned residents and workers from the borough to take part. “However members of Scarborough Trades Council wanted to give people who aren’t making the trip south, the opportunity to show their support,” he said.

The march started at the railway station at 11am and the route took in both the Town Hall and the former Conservative Club in Huntriss Row.

Cllr Broadbent said: “There has to be a different way forward. The Government seems Hell bent on pursuing a strategy which is failing, it needs to slow down and change direction.”

Thousands of people took part in other marches across the country against the government’s austerity measures – other larger rallies in London, Glasgow and Belfast.

Dozens of speakers, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, addressed the crowds at the biggest march which was held in London.

Demonstrators are demanding that the coalition end public service cuts and instead create policies they say can create growth.

However the government has said the current austerity measures are vital to cutting the deficit.

Earlier this month Prime Minister David Cameron warned more “painful decisions” would be necessary to repair the UK economy, and added that he would not waver from austerity measures.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said that more than 2.5 million people were out of work and a further three million not working enough hours to make ends meet.