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Candlelit vigil for NHS outside Nick Clegg’s Sheffield office

Protesters outside Nick Clegg's Sheffield Office

A candlelit vigil was held outside Nick Clegg’s Sheffield office this evening in protest against the NHS Bill, which has just cleared it’s final reading in the House of Lords.

The bill will now return to the House of Commons where MP’s will consider any suggested amendments to the legislation.

The vigil lasted 45 minutes from 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm and was attended by approximately 65 people, including NHS workers.

Clegg ‘a disgrace’

At 7:55 pm, there were 16 protesters gathered outside Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam office. They included a lady holding a sign which read ‘Nick Clegg, you are a disgrace to our city. Shame on you for defying the people of Sheffield’.

“Now we have to debate whether he’s the worst MP in Sheffield’s history,” she suggested.

Also present was the Sheffield Central Constituency Labour Party’s Secretary Jim Smith. On the bill, he commented that the coalition “have no mandate.

“They didn’t talk about [the bill] in their manifesto,” he said.

Bill ‘a disaster’

By 8:25 pm there were approximately 65 people present. A few words were said by some of the more outspoken protesters including a Sheffield doctor who said that she is “deeply deeply worried” about the bill.

She went on to say that the bill is “a disaster in terms of the fragmentation of patient care.”

After one minute of silence the crowd disbanded at 8:45 pm. Faith Salih, one of the organisers of the vigil, said the protest showed that “people from all backgrounds care.”

The vigil is one of many which are taking place across Britain tonight. They have been orchestrated by political blogger Dr. Éoin Clarke.

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Sheffield students march on City Hall in tuition fees protest

Sheffield students begin march from Devonshire Green

Sheffield students have marched on the City Hall to protest against increased tuition fees as part of the National Union of Students’ ‘Come Clean’ day of action. The protest was attended by approximately fifty people.

Thirty-five of the protesters were students who had gathered on Devonshire Green at around 11:15 this morning. They were largely from socialist societies at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

There were also some students present from The Sheffield College.

‘Tory haters’

The students began marching down Division Street at 11:40 this morning, chanting: “No ifs! No buts! No Education cuts!’, ‘Education for the masses! Not just for the ruling classes!’, and ‘We hate Tories and we are the Tory haters!”

There were six police officers in the area, and the march was flanked by two officers on bicycles. The students marched to the bottom of Fargate and back, reaching the City Hall at around 12:00.

One of the protesters was University of Sheffield PhD student Mark Seddon. He commented: “I think the cuts increase the privatisation of education.

“We want people from all backgrounds to have access to education.”

‘Occupy universities’

Amongst the speakers at the City Hall was the further education vice-president of the National Union of Students, Toni Pearce. On the increased tuition fees she said: “This is the first generation ever to be worse off than their parents.”

She added: “£9000 is extortionate.”

Also speaking was the vice-president of the Young Socialist Students Society, Paul Lepper. He called for students nationwide to occupy their universities in protest of increased student fees:

“We should occupy universities and refuse to pay any fees at all,” he said.

“If the NUS won’t do it, we’ll do it.”

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