Met backs down on refusal to police climate and women's marches
Scotland Yard reverses earlier decision not to police Time to Act and Million Women Rise marches, after criticism from campaigners and Boris Johnson
The ‘People’s Climate March’ in London last year was attended by 40,000 people as part of a global day of action. Photograph: Nils Jorgensen/Rex FeaturesRead more
Live interview with Penny Hicks, convenor for the People's Assembly, and Sheila Coleman, UNITE's community membership officer, speaking about the welfare system, government cuts and events in Manchester on Saturday, the 28th of February, one of which will be "Music Beats Austerity" at Manchester Academy.
**Campaigners will not hire private companies to facilitate demonstrations**
A range of campaign groups, including organisations responsible for some major forthcoming demonstrations in London, today announced that they would not be paying for traffic management for their protests. This follows the recent announcement that the Metropolitan Police intend to withdraw from this role, which they have carried out in the past. The campaign groups stated:Read more
Back in 2010, before the last election, Tories courting the environmentally conscious vote claimed that you could ‘vote blue and get green’ and that theirs would be the greenest government ever. Last year, the run up to the next election, they capped their term of inaction on climate change with a demonstration of how far they are really committed to environmental sustainability: they persuaded the EU to include in their definition of renewable energy nuclear power and fracking.