Liz Joins Manchester March

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On Sunday I took part in the march through Manchester, and was delighted to do so.

Around 60,000 people took part to demonstrate their opposition to Conservative attacks on ordinary working families, the public sector, and the trade unions. I was proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with friends from the north west and across the country.

People feel very strongly that policies such as the cuts to tax credits, cuts to local services, and cuts to frontline emergency services are extreme and are motivated purely by the Tories' political ideology rather than any economic necessity.

I have read that journalists and other people attending the Tory conference have been on the receiving end of some abuse, and of course if that is true I condemn it whole-heartedly. Yes, people are angry - and understandably so. But while a small minority may have expressed that anger in a totally unacceptable way, the overwhelming majority of people taking part all made their feelings known in a peaceful and respectful manner.

I expect many more marches will take place like this over the coming months and years, for as long as we have a Conservative government ignorant to the needs and hardships of ordinary people struggling to make ends meet. 

I will take every opportunity, both locally and in parliament, to oppose the damage the Tories are doing, and I will continue to fight for a fair deal for people here in Heywood and Middleton.

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