Radical bookfair

Saturday 29 April / 1–5 p.m. / Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Publishers and distributors (Active Distribution and Freedom Press in London, Haymarket Books in Chicago, PM Press in Oakland) and activist and community organizations (including our friends Cambridge SolFed, Cambridge Unite Community, and Rebel Arts) will have stalls at this anarchist-leaning left bookfair, organized by Anti-Capitalist Cambridge. There'll also be an open mic for musicians, poets, comics, and speakers.

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Mayoral hustings on inequality

Tuesday 25 April / 6.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Our friends in The Cambridge Commons have organized a hustings with the candidates for mayor of the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined authority, on the key issue of inequality. To our city's shame, it was identified as the most unequal in Britain in the Centre for Cities' annual Cities Outlook report for 2017.

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Theresa May's announcement that the government will seek to hold a general election on 8 June is a turning point for us all. 

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RCN Ballot over pay

A historic decision was made by the Royal College of Nursing last week to have an indicative ballot of their members for industrial 
action over pay. 
Writes Nurse Danielle Tiplady
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The Lions of Durham: Teaching Assistants Roar

IT WOULD be a mistake to think that the revaluation of business rates, from which Chancellor Philip Hammond is to receive a payout, had been designed to benefit him personally. 


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TAX AND BENEFITS. Make no mistake, these are not necessary cuts.


The government hides behind the fallacy that these are necessary cuts, forced by the state of public finances. But make no mistake: they are a choice.

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Agenda for the April CPA meeting

Wednesday 5 April / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our April meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the latest draft.

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Notes for a speech

We present the text prepared by our secretary for a speech at the vigil held on Saturday 25 March in Market Square by Cambridge Stand Up to Racism. Owing to illness he could not attend on the day.

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Minutes of the March CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our March meeting, including a discussion on the film I, Daniel Blake. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 April at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Fit for the few

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS footprint was published on 21 November 2016,1 as the keystone of the Fit for the Future programme. The plan reveals the scale of the deficit that is being created in the local NHS by the austerity imposed by Conservative and Conservative-led governments since 2010, which will amount to £504m by 2020/21. And it shows the narrow paths down which that strategic underfunding – or defunding – is forcing the health service.

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