Campaigning against cuts

HUNDREDS of campaigners from the Upper Calder Valley are to travel to London this month to take part in a demonstration against the Government’s spending cuts.

A coach booked to take demonstrators from Todmorden and Hebden Bridge filled so qickly that a second has had to be booked by organisers - and more names are coming forward every day, say the organisers.

The demonstration has been called for Saturday, March 26, by the Trades Union Congress with the aim of mobilising hundreds of thousands people in protest against the Government’s plans to axe £180 billion in public spending.

Calderdale officials of the public service union Unison have already booked six coaches – two to take demonstrators from Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, and four departing from Halifax. They say more will be booked if necessary. Across the Yorkshire region special trains and coaches are also being organised.

The coaches from the Upper Valley are free to Unison members and £5 to other supporters. Deadline for booking is March 16. The upper Calder Valley coach leaves Stansfield Road in Todmorden at 6 am on March 26, and Hebden Bridge at 6.15 am, opposite the park gates on New Road. To book places e-mail unison@calderdale.gov.uk or ring 01422 393075.