Green Party leader to join anti-austerity march in Hitchin

Natalie Bennett. PICTURE: Flickr.

Natalie Bennett. PICTURE: Flickr. - Credit: Archant

The leader of the Green Party will join anti-austerity protesters as they take to the streets of Hitchin tomorrow.

Natalie Bennett will appear along with representatives from local unions, Labour councillors, and frustrated people living in the area to speak out against nationwide public spending cuts to frontline services.

She will be joined on the day by the Green Party’s candidate for Hitchin Walsworth, Richard Cano.

Speaking of why he’s joining the demonstration, he said: “The failing austerity plan is affecting everyone’s lives in some way, in every city, town and village up and down the country. 

“I will be showing my support at this public event on Sunday to send a strong message to Westminster that continued cuts to public services are unacceptable. 

“Burying our heads in the sand is not an option – we must take action now and make our feelings known. 

“I hope as many people as possible will join me.”

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The event has been arranged by the North Hertfordshire branch of the anti-austerity campaign group The People’s Assembly.

Martin Burke, who is on the organisation committee and a member of group, said: “Fundamentally, the most vulnerable people are losing their independent living fund and benefits, because of a problem caused by a crisis not of their making.

“We are seeing cuts to front line services, from our fire brigades to the NHS.

“The banks caused the problems, yet bankers are still receiving large bonuses. This is why we arranged the demonstration.”

The protest will take place between 2pm and 5pm at Hitchin Market Place, and there will be a range of speakers – from party representatives to local people.

To find out more about the protest, go to The People’s Assembly website at