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Demonstrations in Cardigan against ‘destructive’ government

ON SATURDAY (Jul 1), in solidarity with the demonstrations in London against policies of the Westminster Government, members of the Labour Party, supported by many others, staged a positive demonstration outside Cardigan Guildhall.

Many protestors had travelled from Haverfordwest, Cardigan, Carmarthen and Aberystwyth on several buses that morning to take part in the big London protests.

An organiser for the event said: “Demonstrations across Britain expressed a clear opposition to the Tory Government in Westminster, which appears to remain committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. There is great concern about the long term implications of these policies.”

Among the demonstrators of all ages outside Cardigan Guildhall was June’s Labour Party General Election candidate, Dinah Mulholland, said: According to the latest figures, child poverty rates in areas of Ceredigion are comparable to inner-city Birmingham, clocking 41.48 per cent in Rheidol ward, 36.67 per cent in Llangybi and 35.18 per cent in Teifi . Rural poverty has dimensions that aren’t easily appreciated in urban and industrialised areas.

“People in west Wales, along with most ordinary hard working people in Wales are deeply concerned that there should be adequate funding for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all.

“These Labour Party demonstrations both local and in London are forcing the Government into yet another U-turn as they have just revealed that they are now considering lifting the 1% pay cap on Public Sector workers.”

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