he People’s Assembly Against Austerity National demonstration Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens. New TIMETABLE for 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to protest, the Conservative Party Conference

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The last few months have seen enormous political shifts, a trend that looks set to continue. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation.
TIMETABLE for 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to protest, the Conservative Party Conference
National demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
In less than three weeks time the Conservative Party Conference will take place in Manchester. We’re organising 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to coincide with it – every day they are in Manchester we will be there too putting across the alternative to austerity. The week will include a national demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
Below is the initial timetable of events for the week of action, every day new events are added and details updated – keep checking the website for details. It looks set to be a packed week. We’re asking everyone to do what they can to get to as much of the week as possible, we hope to be able to offer accommodation for those who wish to attend the week from outside of Manchester, if you’re interested please contact Derby Coach Booking 



Sunday 1 October, 12pm Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester

This timetable will be updated daily with new events & details may change so please keep checking the website. If you are organising an event, or would like to, as part of the week please get in touch –
19:00 – 21:00 – Speak Out Against Austerity
Spoken word & poetry night
@ TriBeCA
12:00 – 16:30: Working for a World Without Austerity
Day school hosted by Manchester Trades Council (more details to follow)
@ Partisan Collective
14:00 – 16:00: Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
@ Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
16:00 – 18:00: Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition
Speakers: Lindsey German, Alan Gibbons, Louise Regan
@ Central Hall Manchester, Oldham Street
17:00 – 19:00: Panel Discussion hosted by Momentum (full details tbc)
@ Partisan Collective
18:00 – 19:00: Unwelcome the Tories – Flash Mob
@ Piccadilly Station
19:00 – 23:00: F**kTheTories Pre-Protest Party
@ Partisan Collective – More details
19:30 – 21:30: Saturday Night Live Event
Theatre / Show: Guests include Maxine Peake, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse, more tba
@ Dancehouse Theatre – Registration available soon



@ Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
18:00 – 23:00: Official Demo After Party
Gig: Captain Ska & special guests
@ Manchester Academy – Tickets available soon
13:00 – 15:30: No to Fracking, No to Climate Change
Protest: Hosted by Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Outside Manchester Central Library
14:00 – 16:00: A Media For The Many Not The Few
Public Meeting: hosted by Media Reform Coalition, Morning Star & others
Speakers include Julie Hesmondhalgh, Justin Schlosberg, & more tbc
@ Unison, Arena Point
16:00 – 18:00: The Fight Against Fracking And Climate Change
Public Meeting: with Tina Rothery, Fracking Nanas, Andy Burnham (Invited)
@ Unison, Arena Point
17:00 – 18:00: Meditation Flash Mob
Hosted by Manchester Awakening
@ location to be announced on the day. For notification sign up on Facebook
17:15 – 18:45: Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy
Public Meeting: Hosted by Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Facebook
@Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY
19:00 – 21:00: An Economy That Works For All
Public Meeting: In conversation with John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor
Hosted by The People’s Assembly
@ Manchester Cathedral – Register your place here
14:00 – 16:00: Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle
Film Showing: followed by Q&A
@ Friends Meeting House – Tickets available here
17:00 – 19:00: Don’t Let The Racists Divide Us
Protest: hosted by Stand Up To Racism
@ Tory Party Conference (full details tbc)
19:30 – 21:30: Ten Takes On Resistance
Theatre: 10 new specially written pieces tackling some of the big issues of our day
Hosted by Take Back Manchester Theatre Collective
@ Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street – Tickets available here
11:00 – 13:00: End The Housing Crisis: Grenfell, Homelessness & Insecure Homes
Public Meeting @ Friends Meeting House
13:00 – 15:00: Wall Of Sound Around The Conference Centre
Protest during Theresa May’s speech – bring pots, pans, drums, whistles and megaphones!
Assemble: Outside Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
More Details of this or other activities see
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Enough is Enough: Liverpool NHS Bosses 50% pay rise. How can this be justified when #NHS Health Workers have lost 14% in real terms pay? #NHS front line staff need to strike back, the #Conservatives are destroying our NHS

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Pay rises of up to 50% for senior NHS managers in Liverpool have been described as “scandalous” by an MP.

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman Nadim Fazlani got a £50,000 rise in 2014-15, Rosie Cooper’s Freedom of Information request found.

Replying to the West Lancashire Labour MP during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May promised an investigation into the pay hike.

Liverpool CCG said its salaries were set within NHS England guidelines.

2,000 people a month sent far from home for NHS mental health care

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Former health minister Norman Lamb attacks ‘discrimination at heart of NHS’ that in bed shortage prioritises patients with physical over mental health problems
Norman Lamb said out-of-area placements were an outrage.
Norman Lamb said out-of-area placements were an outrage. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Of these, more than 500 end up as inpatients at least 30 miles from their home area, the Health and Social Care Information Centre data shows. This is despite such moves often causing great distress and increasing the risk of suicide among patients.

Campaigners said the figures showed that those with serious mental health problems suffered “complete discrimination” by the NHS that would never be tolerated for cancer or stroke patients.

“It’s an outrage what happens,” said Norman Lamb, the ex-health minister who obtained the figures and passed them to the Observer. “We know that out-of-area placements have a link to an increased risk of suicide. This would never, ever happen with a physical health problem, such as a stroke or heart failure. Why should we accept this for someone with acute mental illness, when we wouldn’t accept it for someone with cancer? It’s complete discrimination at the heart of the NHS.”

The figures show that in April – the first month such data was collected in a plan instigated by Lamb – 2,067 people were looked after as inpatients outside the area covered by their local mental health trust. By August, the figure was 2,198. The number of people sent more than 30 miles from their home area rose from 473 in April to 501 in August, the most recent month for which the HSCIC has released data.

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The #Conservative Party is Privatising our #NHS: Wiltshire’s entire #NHS Children’s Services privatised to Virgin in £64 million deal

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Wiltshire’s entire NHS Children’s Services privatised to Virgin in £64 million deal

By TristanCork  |  Posted: November 17, 2015

Virgin Care, which will take over Wiltshire’s children’s health services

NHS staff working in child health services in one West county have been told they have a new boss – Richard Branson – after health chiefs unilaterally privatised their entire department in a £64 million deal.

All community child health services in Wiltshire will be privatised, with council and NHS bosses defending their decision saying it was the best way to ensure a ‘consistent’ service across the county.

But leaders representing the staff being transferred said they had real fears the move would mean a worse service for more money, which they said was what happened when taxes were paid for ‘profits and shareholders’.

Until now, all the services from Cricklade to Salisbury had been run by five different NHS organisations. The services now part of the deal include children’s specialist community nursing, health visiting and speech and language therapy

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