Mark to headline Anti-Coalition Public rally

(February 11, 2011)

Mark will be key speaker at an organised public rally on Preston Flag Market on Saturday 12th February, speaking out against the level of cuts being imposed by the coalition government.

The rally has been jointly organised by Mark with the pressure group ‘Preston Against Cuts’, spearheaded by organiser, Andy Birchall. Preston Against Cuts is a community based campaign which was launched at a public rally held by Preston and South Ribble Trades Union Council, against the cuts within the public sector.

The rally will start on the Flag Market at 12 noon with speeches from Mark , Cllr John Swindells and other prolific speakers from across the local political landscape. Protesters will then walk around a pre-approved route starting on Birley Street along Orchard Street and Friargate before heading back to the cenotaph on the Flag Market.

Mark said: “The drastic cuts that this coalition government have imposed are having a deep impact on all of my constituents across Preston. I have seen a dramatic increase in the level of casework that I receive from people who are genuinely suffering as a direct result of the cuts. Whether it’s the hike in tuition fees and day care services, closing Sure Start Centres and the Avondale Mental Health Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, rising VAT and petrol prices, privatising our forests, slashing well used services like the PCSO’s and PCT’s and forcing major cuts to vital services at both County and Preston City Council, everyone of us is being affected”.

Organiser, Andy Birchall said: “These cuts are having a devastating impact on jobs and services in the public, private and voluntary sector and affects the lives of thousands of people living in Preston. We want to involve as many local people as possible in fighting these cuts and only by working collectively can we send a strong message to this government and work to prevent these cuts.”

If you would like to come and join the rally, come along to the Flag Market on Saturday at 12noon.

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