Cambridge Group

Education Question Time

Tuesday 31 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL

This meeting, sponsored by the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers association, is a chance for us to question the Cambridge parliamentary candidates on all matters related to school education, including the crucial one of funding. The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently calculated that the governing Conservative Party's plans imply a cut of 3 per cent in real terms by 2021/22, rising to 7 per cent if the last two years' austerity cuts are included (see for example the report of the Daily Telegraph for 26 May).

Cambridge activists again say kick out the Tories

Saturday 27 May / 11 a.m. / Fitzroy Street, Cambridge CB1

This Saturday we'll join other local groups as we did three weeks ago to set up stalls on Fitzroy Street, with one message: let's kick out the Tories in the general election on 8 June!

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Day of action on school funding

Friday 26 May / After school / Cambridge and Ely

The new Fair Funding for All Schools group in Cambridgeshire has organized a day of action on Friday, the last day of half term, with parents at several schools taking part. This growing, national campaign demands that the government should protect per-pupil funding in real terms for the term of the next parliament, and provide additional funding so that no school loses by the National Funding Formula which, as it stands, will increase funding for some schools at the expense of others. The schoolcuts website shows with frightening clarity how individual schools will be affected.

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Hustings on human rights, racism, and refugees

Wednesday 17 May / 7.45 p.m. / Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR

Local groups Cambridge City Amnesty, Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, and Cambridgeshire Hope Not Hate will hold a joint hustings on their campaigning concerns of rights, racism, and refugees with four parliamentary candidates: John Hayward (for the Conservative Party), Julian Huppert (for the Liberal Democrats), Stuart Tuckwood (for the Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (for the Labour Party).

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Stop the STP!

We present the text of a new leaflet against the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan, based on our article 'Fit for the Few'.

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Meeting on the education funding crisis

Tuesday 9 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL

If the Conservative government pursues its current plans for school funding, ninety-nine per cent will see a funding cut per pupil by 2020, based on the calculations made for the schoolcuts website from data published by the Department for Education and the National Audit Office. Primary schools will see an average cut of £103,754 (£403 per pupil); secondary schools, an average cut of £470,433 (£554 per pupil). These austerity cuts will damage children's education by forcing schools to offer fewer teachers and support staff, larger class sizes, and a narrower curriculum.

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Giulio Regeni and Egypt's disappeared: where next for the campaign?

Monday 8 May / 7 p.m. / Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL

This meeting with the historian John Chalcraft (London School of Economics) will consider the next steps for the international campaign to uncover the truth about the abduction and cruel murder of the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in January 2016, and to secure justice for Giulio and for the hundreds of Egyptians similarly abducted under the government of President Sisi.

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Cambridge activists say kick out the Tories

Saturday 6 May / 10.30 a.m. / Fitzroy Street, Cambridge CB1

We'll join other local groups this morning to set up stalls on Fitzroy Street, with one message: let's kick out the Tories in the general election on 8 June! Theresa May's Conservative government is reconstructing education, the NHS, and housing law for the benefit of a narrow few, while draping its actions in the flag of a hateful nationalism. Other groups holding stalls will be Cambridge Area Momentum, Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public, Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, Cambridge Stop the War, and Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers.

May Day music festival


Monday 1 May / 3–11 p.m. / Golden Hind, 355 Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1SP

After the Trades Council's rally from the late morning, the Strummers music club has organized its own celebration of International Workers' Day and of the continuing resistance to Conservative austerity cuts. The singer and guitarist Roy Bailey (last studio album Below the Radar) will perform from 4 to 6 p.m., and after a break the folk-punk band Eva's Dream, then the folk singer and bandleader Jez Hellard (Heavy Wood), will perform in support from 8 p.m. Tickets are £8, or £6 as concessions: we can write to Strummers or call 07903 521412 to book.

May Day rally and celebrations

Monday 1 May / 11.30 a.m. / New Square, Cambridge CB1

Our friends on the Cambridge and District Trades Council have organized a rally and celebrations on May Day, International Workers' Day. There'll be speeches by trade unionists and by the Labour Party candidate for mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Kevin Price, as well as arts, music, and children's activities.

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