Hundreds march in Hackney against public spending cuts

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Hackney despite the cold, wet weather this weekend to protest against public spending cuts.

Almost 700 people joined the march from Stoke Newington to Hackney Town Hall on Saturday.

Trade unionists, community activists and politicians spoke at the rally to the sound of samba music.

They opposed changes to the NHS, job losses and spending cuts.

Glyn Harries, joint secretary of Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services (HADPS), which organised the demonstration, said: “We were very pleased with the turnout, especially as the weather was miserable. There was a very good atmosphere and overall we were very pleased.”

HADPS encouraged Hackney residents to lobby the council when it meets at the town hall on Wednesday March 2 to decide on its annual budget.

Union leader Bob Crow was headline speaker at a HADPS meeting on February 10.