'Flashmob' political protests to be held in Middlesbrough against Government and council cuts (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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'Flashmob' political protests to be held in Middlesbrough against Government and council cuts
FLASHMOB musical protests against Government cuts will be staged in Middlesbrough on Tuesday, November 5 ahead of a council cabinet meeting.
‘Flashmobs’ are events where people seemingly randomly come together and perform in the street and are increasingly being used as a form of political demonstration.
Anti-cuts group, Teesside People's Assembly is organising the event on Tuesday as one of a series of demonstrations across the country.
In Middlesbrough, the left-wing organisation's activists will encourage shoppers to join in with their austerity songs at three locations around the town centre, including the Town Hall where Middlesbrough Council’s mayor Ray Mallon and his cabinet are meeting at 1pm to discuss more cuts.
People’s Assembly activist Stuart Toovey said: "The cuts being imposed by the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition and implemented by Labour-led councils in Teesside are devastating vital public services and raising unemployment to crisis levels. At the same time, the Government is moving vast amounts of public money into private pockets through privatisation.”
Mayor Ray Mallon recently said it was his belief that some serious cuts would have been enforced under a Labour Government.
James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, has said the cuts were necessary and pointed to Government initiatives like the Regional Growth Fund to create employment in the area. Mr Wharton wrote on the Conservative Home website in September that the region did not need investment but support to rebalance its economy.
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