Tag Archives: Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes students protest

Report taken from www.heart.co.uk where you can see a full gallery of photos:

By Victoria Meakin, 24th November 2010, 16:55

MK Student Demo

Hundreds of students have marched through Central Milton Keynes today (Wednesday) in protest against planned rises in university tuition fees.

Organised largely on Facebook, pupils walked out of schools and colleges across the new city, where they gathered at Campbell Park just before midday. Many of the protesters had made banners which carried slogans like “No ifs, not buts, no education cuts” and “Students say no to cuts”.

At 12 o’clock the hundred strong crowd – led by 17-year-old Rhea Simpson, who was the driving force behind the demo – left the park and moved towards the City Centre.

En route they received support from drivers, pedestrians and cabbies. They walked through centre:mk, around Midsummer Place and ended up at Milton Keynes Council offices, where they continued with their chants of, “9k – no way” and “They say cut back, we say fight back “.

Rhea Simpson – who was determined the Milton Keynes protest should be a peaceful one – told Heart:

“Education is becoming a privilege and students are being told not to have education because they want to, but to have education if they can afford it, or if they need it for a job. It’s becoming a commodity and it’s becoming a service rather than someone’s dream.”

Richard White – who’s 18 and goes to Stantonbury Campus – admits money needs to be saved – but thinks the government should look elsewhere.

“Cuts need to be made somewhere, but education isn’t the place for that to happen. It doesn’t make sense economically when it’s a high skills based economy – based on knowledge and higher education. Cutting education isn’t going to help the economy in the long term.”


National demonstration, Saturday October 24: imperialist troops out of Afghanistan now!

NoIraqWarDemoStop the War, in conjunction with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the British Muslim Initiative, has called a demonstration in central London on Saturday 24 October to mark the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.

They are asking all supporters to start publicising the demonstration as widely as possible. Initial publicity is available to download here: http://bit.ly/1UxUut

If you are intersted in going with other people from Milton Keynes then please get in touch with us at mkcommunists@googlemail.com

Reminder: celebrate the miners’ Great Strike of 84-85 in Wolverton this Sunday

This post is a reminder of the 25th anniversary celebration of the miners’ strike, it takes place at Madcap in Wolverton, Milton Keynes from 6.30pm. For full details see our previous post in this event: https://mkcommunists.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/celebrate-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-miners-great-strike-in-wolverton-milton-keynes/

And here’s a video with images from the strike:

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the miners’ Great Strike in Wolverton, Milton Keynes


Sunday March 15 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the miners’ Great Strike of 1984-85. There is an evening of celebration organised at the Madcap Performing Arts Centre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. We encourage all of our readers, supporters and friends to attend what should be a fun and inspiring way of marking such an important episode in the class struggle in Britain. Visit the Madcap website here to find out how to find the venue: http://www.madcap.org.uk/howtoFindUs.html


Miners Strike 25

Sunday 15th March

Celebrate the spirit of resistance!


Speaker: Billy Kelly, Lancs N.U.M.

6.30 – 10.30pm

£5.00 Full £2.50 Cons

Tickets from Madcap box office

01908 320179 or Nick on 07506 990713

On the 20th anniversary of the miners’ Great Strike in 2004 the Weekly Worker published a number of articles examining some of the key features of this historic battle of our class:

minersfStrategic confrontation in the making March 11 2004 In the first of a series of articles Ian Donovan examines the background to the miners’ Great Strike

Pickets, ballots and workers’ defence March 18 2004 Ian Donovan continues his series on the miners’ Great Strike of 1984-85 by examining the key tactical and political questions

Solidarity squandered March 25 2004 In the third of his series of articles on the miners’ Great Strike, Ian Donovan examines the support the miners received from other elements of the working class, and the political opportunities to build on this missed

Aftermath of defeat April 1 2004 In the last of his series on the miners’ Great Strike, Ian Donovan looks at its effects in the years that followed

Of course it was political March 18 2004 The miners’ Great Strike marked a crossroads. Its defeat had profound political consequences. Dave Douglass, branch secretary of Hatfield Main National Union of Mineworkers, spoke to the March 14 Communist Forum

Opening the second front March 25 2004 When the dockers walked out on unofficial strike in July 1984, for a time the miners seemed to have victory within their grasp. Alan Stevens, then a union militant in London docks, recalls the decisive moments

Good pictures, wrong conclusions March 11 2004 David Douglass, Doncaster NUM panel picket coordinator and area executive member during the Great Strike, reviews Socialist Worker’s special issue, ‘The miners’ strike 1984-85’

Intransigently brave April 6 2006 Mark Fischer remembers Paul Whetton, a former member of the CPGB and an outstanding rank and file miners’ leader during the Great Strike of 1984-85, who died on March 3

CWU report of march against closure of Milton Keynes mail centre

This report is taken from the Communication Workers Union website:

Milton Keynes March and Rally a Great Success

Milton Keynes March

CWU Eastern Region secretary Paul Moffatt has hailed Saturday’s march and rally to save Milton Keynes Mail Centre as “a great success that we have to build on.”
Around 500 people gathered at the closure-threatened Milton Keynes Mail Centre and marched to a town-centre rally, where CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward, the union’s Midlands Region secretary Lee Barron and local MP Phylliss Starkey also spelled out the need to keep up the fight to save local jobs and services.
And, as was evident at a similar protest in Crewe just a couple of weeks ago, determination to fight for this crucial public service is shared right across communities, both marches attracting a wide range of political support and backing from local business leaders as well as the general public.
Milton Keynes March“I was delighted with the turnout,” said Paul, “we focussed on the key themes of: ‘Save Milton Keynes Mail Centre, Our Jobs, Our Community, Your Service, Everyone’s Future’.”
With crucial national negotiations over the future of the company’s mail centre network set to take place this week, against the backdrop of preparations for official strike ballots at each of 14 closure-threatened mail centres across the country, a strong turnout at Saturday’s march was critical, Paul explained.
“The march and rally was a great success in galvanising all of us to step up our campaign to save our mail centre, but we have got a lot of work to do to build on this.”
Milton Keynes“It’s not only an issue for our members, but for the whole of Milton Keynes, the general public and, importantly, the local business community,” he stressed, adding that, if this week’s talks do not result in an acceptable solution, Paul expects Milton Keynes members to strongly back the call for action in the forthcoming ballot.
Although the union has stressed that it will make every effort to reach a new national agreement on the future of the network, and will approach this week’s talks in a positive manner, the CWU insists that it is ready for industrial action if necessary.
CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward has pledged repeatedly that the union will “fight every inch of the way” against Royal Mail’s closure programme, arguing that the company’s “piecemeal” approach is extremely damaging, not only to members’ livelihoods, but also to the future viability of the company itself.
And Dave has also warned the company that, unless it changes course, and negotiates an acceptable new national agreement with the union, the odds are that the mail centres dispute could lead to a full national industrial action ballot.
Photo Credits: FILMAR Photography is happy for CWU branches to download the pictures but on the express condition that due credit is given along similar lines to: Pic(s) by FILMAR Photography.