Nick Clegg receives a cold reception in Leicester

Indian Workers Association (GB) Leicestershire BranchThe People of Leicester showed their response to the Con-Dem cuts after Nick Clegg visited the city for a question and answer session at Cine De Lux in the Highcross shopping centre. Leicester Right To Work Campaign mobilised for a demonstration with just 24 hours notice after hearing Clegg was visiting the city.


On the day around 130 people took part, including young and old, black and white. Members of Unison, PCS, and Unite unions were all present, along with the Indian Workers Association (GB), De Montfort University students and service user group SUGAR. As soon as passers-by heard that Clegg was inside, they joined the protest. One anti-cuts organiser and local government employee said:

There was a real anger in Leicester over the cuts and that was reflected in the number of people to attend a flash demonstration

Protesters outside the Cine De Lux in LeicesterConfronted by such a vocal and lively crowd, the Deputy Prime Minister entered by an alternative entrance with his head held down. Inside he was only faced by a vetted audience, with participants having to send their details in beforehand with the question they would like to ask.

Public Meeting

Students from De Montfort University were presentThis is only the start of the fight-back against the cuts. Leicester Right To Work Campaign have called a public meeting to discuss the way forward. The meeting is in the Main Hall, Adult Education Centre, Wellington Street, Leicester on Tuesday 12th April, 7pm. Speakers include Andy Connelly (Labour Councillor and CWU Branch Secretary), Martin Paige (PCS Branch Secretary) and Sital Singh Gill (Indian Workers Association GB). We are calling on everyone who wants to fight the cuts to our jobs and public services to attend.