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Tameside Team March in Protest

Sixty-thousand protesters descended on Manchester City Centre on Sunday for a huge anti-austerity demonstration, organised by the TUC, to coincide with the Tory Party Conference being held in the city.

People gathered represented a variety of groups including steel workers from Redcarr, numerous trade unions, Jews for Palestine, anarchists, and the hacktivist group Anonymous.

The Tameside Labour Party joined the march, with local councillors and Ashton MP Angela Rayner stepping out to protest at Conservative welfare reforms.

Billy Bragg played on a stage on Oxford Road as the big march set off from Oxford Road, heading down past the Town Hall on Albert Square and eventually coming to a stand-still at the Castlefield Basin, where guest speakers addressed the protesters.

Among the speakers were ex-corrie favourite Julie Hesmondhalgh, who lives in Broadbottom, singer Charlotte Church and leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett.

Full story and pictures available in this week’s Tameside Reporter