Tuesday 25 October 2011

On the Jarrow March

It was a real privilege to be able to join a leg of the Jarrow March 2011 today - from Coventry to Rugby.

Faith McGrath accompanied me so that we could carry the Lewisham NUT banner out through the suburbs of Coventry and then along the lanes to the final rally at Rugby.

The support gathered along the way was, as ever, tremendous and showed the huge goodwill towards the march and its aim to highlight youth unemployment and the attacks on free education.

A local pub offered a free lunch to the marchers and the BBC Regional News team filmed us arriving with the support of local trade unionists and drummers.

I had a chance to bring solidarity greetings to the closing rally at the Clock Tower in Rugby and called on the local community to support the marchers - and to support our strike action on November 30.

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