The Tories aren’t persecuting the poor out of spite, it’s even worse than that


An extraordinary report by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has laid bare the real reason why the Conservative government is crippling the poor and the vulnerable. According to the report, the government’s welfare reforms are being forced through without any evidence or assessment of the impact on those affected………

Please follow the link below to read the entire article in the Canary

The Tories aren’t persecuting the poor out of spite, it’s even worse than that

August 17th, 2016 Carlyn Harvey UK

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Free Movement- Workers Rights- The Europe We Want To See

The Tetley Map

Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ Leeds


Speakers: Waltraud Fritz is a member of the European Left Party Executive Board. She is a political activist from Austria with a strong record of international solidarity and action.
Heinz Bierbaum is a member of Die Linke, the German left party. He is an active trade unionist and an elected member of the Saarland regional parliament where he is Die Linke’s economic policy spokesperson.
The Triggering of Article 50 will question the status of EU workers in the UK and abroad. The Tory Government is determined to have a ‘Hard Brexit’ and has rejected any amendments offering social protection or guaranteeing the rights of EU workers and residents in the UK. This will pose questions in workplaces and communitie…s. We hope that Trade Unions and community groups will be part of the solution. We face deregulation of environmental protection and trade deals with the USA that will endanger the NHS.
Come to this event and meet with representatives of the European Left Party (ELP). 

The ELP is made up of over forty organisations in countries across Europe and is keen to defend Free Movement and Workers Rights.
The European Parliamentary group the GUE/NGL (The Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left) has 52 MEP’s in the European Parliament.
We hope to generate discussion and debate the week after Article 50 is due to be triggered. How do we defend EU migrants? Free Movement? Workers’ Rights?
Supported by Left Unity, The Alliance for Green Socialism

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What Has The Human Rights Act Ever Done For Us?

What Has The Human Rights Act Ever Done For Us?

Tuesday 21st March  19:00 – 21:00 Riley Smith Theatre Leeds University Union ,University Square Leeds, LS2 9JZ View Map

Organised by

LUU Amnesty International Society

The University of Leeds Amnesty International Society, campaigning throughout the year on human rights issues locally and across the globe.

Free but please register if you can Book Ticket



The 1998 Human Rights Act enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. But with Theresa May promising a ‘hard Brexit’ and David Cameron having included the repeal of the UK’s Human Rights Act in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, surely it is time for a frank discussion about the role of the act in Britain.

This debate will examine whether our current human rights legislation is still relevant to modern Britain and what the motivations are for repealing it. It will not be a party politics discussion but an attempt to ask: just what does the Human Rights Act really do for us?

During the two-hour debate the panellists each take it in turn to voice their opinions and can then respond to comments made by the other participants. Finally it will be opened up to a Q&A session.

Panellists planned to include:

Stephen Bowen (director at the British Institute of Human Rights) Se-Shauna Wheatle (Durham Law School) Ryan Stephenson (Conservative Councillor) Lewis Worrow (author and political commentator)

Will the EU fall apart and should we try and save it?


Organised by Red Flag Leeds

Public Meeting everyone Welcome
Thursday 7:00–8:30 The Packhorse Pub, 208 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX Leeds.

Hosted by Red Flag Leeds

Campaigning in the Labour Party for democratic ownership of the economy and a socialist federation of Britain and Europe.
Against Brexit, for free movement.
Anticapitalist and internationalist.
Join us.
Red Flag Leeds

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Unite Community National Day of Action Against Sanctions


Thursday 30th March Briggate 12.00 – 2.00pm

This Day of Action is Unite Community’s response to the many new attacks on claimants – is a day of action against all benefit cuts, sanctions, fitness-for-work tests and other abuses against claimants.

Unite Community and other concerned Groups and Organisations, – all are welcome to join us!  –  are meeting  with our banners and flags, and contributions to the displays on Thursday  30th March in Briggate between 12 and 2pm to do stalls, leafleting and raise awareness amongst passers-by.

One of the Groups joining the campaign is Leeds Plan C, a group with many interests in common with Unite Community in terms of exploring ways to organise workers not in traditional full-time waged jobs in a mass workplace.
This includes not only people working on zero hours or in the” gig economy” (eg Deliveroo) but also those whose work is unpaid in the home or community and whose only source of income is the insecure pittance known as “welfare”.
We’d like to see all these groups of workers come together in solidarity on the 30th.

Check out Leeds Welfare Fightback Flyer, updated to cover many of the recent cuts, to see the attacks and the harshness of the system:!AoXg_zk3fZjJkTCY6WvBxTBfS6jE

More on sanctions on the Unite website here


“I, Daniel Blake”, screening 7.00pm  at Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EQ, starts 7pm, discussion afterwards.

Free, though we’d like people to donate something if they can afford it.

In the evening, you are welcome to a screening of the acclaimed film “I, Daniel Blake”, which brings out the reality of ESA testing, benefits conditionality and sanctions, as well as other issues we’ve campaigned on like the displacement and social cleansing resulting from housing policies which benefit developers and are leaving ordinary people homeless.

More details and flyers will be available nearer the time.

Wharf Chambers is a members’ club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend.  To join, please Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. Going in as a guest is not normally a problem. The venue also has a safer spaces policy, see