In the United Kingdom over 20,000 trade unionists and labour party workers today (17 November) marched on parliament demanding that the Labour government should avoid any further cuts in public spending, despite its anxiety about the strength of the British pound sterling currency.
GV Demonstrators carrying banners and placards in Hyde Park, London (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators carrying banners and placards (4 shots)
After listening to speakers in Hyde Park the demonstrators moved towards Westminster, where groups of them were allowed to put their case to their members of parliament in the lobby of the House of Commons. Observers in London point out that today's demonstration reflects the problem the government has with the left wing of the Labour Party. The left wants more import controls and more concentration on boosting industrial growth through government spending and planning. But the government has said that it will stick to its present course.
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Background: In the United Kingdom over 20,000 trade unionists and labour party workers today (17 November) marched on parliament demanding that the Labour government should avoid any further cuts in public spending, despite its anxiety about the strength of the British pound sterling currency.
SYNOPSIS: The marchers assembled in London's Hyde Park, carrying an assortment of banners and placards and watched by hundreds of police. Speakers urged the demonstrators to resist cuts in public spending -- mainly in the social, educational and health services -- and thus avoid a rise in the number of people unemployed.
The march coincided with the arrival in London of a team form the International Monetary Fund, who are investigating the economy in response to a request by Britain for a 3.9 billion dollar loan to stabilise the pound. According to Reuters news agency the I.M.F. is expected to insist that Britain reduces its balance of payments deficit -- and it has been suggested that the government may do this by cuts in public spending and higher indirect taxation. The "grass roots" demonstration against this proposal was backed by 13 unions and the Labour Party's own National Executive Committee, its governing body outside parliament.