From: Coun Robert Murphy
The first week in September was busy politically.
On Saturday 3rd a vital “Save our NHS” demonstration started from the Hallamshire hospital but lacked the support needed from the unions and the Labour Party. At the council meeting on the 7th a Green Party motion calling on local MPs to vote against the Health and Social Care Bill was passed with Labour support. Lib Dem councillors opposed the motion and hours later Lib Dem MPs failed to act to stop the bill which passed its third reading in the House of Commons.
Five days later Ed Miliband delivered a cynical speech to the TUC, distancing the Labour party from the unions. and on Friday Sheffield Pensioners’ Action Goup marched to defend welfare rights. In between was the Green Party national conference held in Sheffield at Hallam University. Unlike the Lib Dem’s “ring of steel” it was open to the public. Campaign groups and their members were invited to fringe meetings, five free public debates were held and the public could visit for a day for a fiver .
Delegates hit the streets to support a UK Uncut action against corporate tax avoidance.
The weekly “Justice for All” vigil to protect access to legal aid was moved to outside the venue. The public response was good and I hope it was a reminder that you can vote to elect anyone to be your councillor or MP. It’s not just a choice between Tory, Lib Dem and Labour.