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Dispossession film screening & SATC AGM

Friday, 25 May 2018 21:54
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Stroud Against the Cuts' 2018 AGM will be held on Sunday 3rd June from 6.30pm at the Lansdown Hall (GL5 1BB). It will include election of officers, a review of the previous year and overview of our plans for next year.

We will also screen Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, and seek to raise funds for our 70 years of the NHS-Stroud events in June and July.

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Timings: AGM 6.30-7.30pm, Film 7.30-9pm, Discussion 9-9.30pm.

Entry is free but donations to cover costs and support out fundraising for 70 years of the NHS-Stroud event gratefully received!


"Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years. The film reveals how individuals and communities are fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, while investigating the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy.

Dispossession is the story of people who know that housing is not an expensive luxury, but a fundamental human right."

Watch the trailer at Dispossession - Official Trailer.

We will be joined by guest speaker Laurie Davies, Town Councillor for Slade ward (Labour) who will be present for a discussion after the film.

Find our more about the film at:

Find out more about the NHS70Stroud events at:

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 21:59

Public Meeting: General Election - what can we do?

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:14
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General Election - what can we do?

Thursday 11th May, 7.30-9.30pm - Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles - Free entry/donations welcome. For more information call/text James Beecher - 07734 058789


A meeting for our supporters and anyone interested in making the government's record of cuts and privatisation a pivotal part of the general election locally.

Stroud Against the Cuts is not affiliated to any political party but we believe there is important work to do, that our supporters - many of whom are not members of political parties - can be involved in.

We'll prepare some information, and a few ideas of how people can help our work - but are interested in hearing ideas from others about things we can do to highlight the government's terrible record.


Let us know you're coming / invite your friends on Facebook: General Election - what can we do?


We want your ideas for things we can do ahead of the election to make issues like the NHS privatisation, Education cuts, and increasing poverty central to the election. Stroud Against the Cuts is not affiliated to any political party and this meeting is not about who you should vote for, but about other work we can do.

We also have some ideas for action of our own that we'd love some help with:

* Help organising, publicising and funding a big public event on the NHS before the election (with NHS workers at its heart - as part of the national NHS Roadshow)

* Help with Register to Vote efforts

* Help with writing, designing, distributing (and paying for) leaflets - on the NHS, Education, and Wages/Poverty/Benefits - or other topics relevant to our core topics of cuts and privatisation that you suggest

* Help identifying, creating and sharing the best social media content

* Help identifying people who might be willing to speak to us about the impact of cuts and privatisation on them

* Help filming, editing and sharing videos featuring the best of the above

* Donations to help fund the above work and targeted social media advertising

* Volunteers to host stalls around the constituency on Saturday each week before the election

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:17

Press Release: Campaigners call public meeting to make NHS, Education and poverty issues in the general election

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:11
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Press Release: Campaigners call public meeting to make NHS, Education and poverty issues in the general election

  • What: Public Meeting for supporters of Stroud Against the Cuts
  • Where: Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles
  • When: Thursday 11th May, 7.30-9.30pm
  • Free entry/donations welcome

Campaign group Stroud Against the Cuts, which led a successful campaign to keep Gloucestershire's community health services in the NHS in 2011/12, has invited its supporters to a public meeting to discuss the General Election tomorrow, Thursday 11th May. Organisers say the meeting, at the Old Town Hall in the Shambles from 7.30-9.30pm, will be about how to make NHS privatisation, cuts to schools and rising poverty issues in the General Election.

James Beecher, a member of the group's organising committee said: "Stroud Against the Cuts isn't connected to any political party, but we believe there are issues that need to be make central to the discussion ahead of the election, and voices that need to be heard. The government's cuts to the NHS budget and privatisation policies have created a crisis in the NHS and a threat to its future. We're also worried about the £3bn/year cuts to school budgets that the Conservatives are planning by 2020, and want to make sure that parents and teachers fears are part of the debate. Our group was set up to fight cuts and privatisation, but we're also concerned about the growing poverty we see in this country - at our meeting on Thursday we'll be talking about how we can make sure that the voices of people experiencing the impacts of the government's policies are heard"

More information is available on Facebook, and elsewhere on our website you can find details of what we'll be discussing. Contact: James Beecher - 07734 058789

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:19

County Council Election May 4th 2017 - Stroud area candidates and results from 2013

Friday, 28 April 2017 16:21
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As well as the General Election on June 8th, on Thursday 4th May, elections will take place across the 53 electoral divisions which make up Gloucestershire County Council. These elections will determine how the county council - which manages Road, Adults Social Care, Libraries, and other services is run.

The last local (county) election took place in 2013 - with the Conservatives the largest party. On our website we have links to information and a summary of the results and candidates in the Stroud area (the latter are copied below). You can find information about how to vote, and the candidates that are standing across Gloucestershire on the County Council's website, which will also host the results. Results from 2013 are available online.

2013:                                                                        2017:


Bisley and Painswick


Bisley and Painswick GCC page, Electorate - 9,452

Winner: Conservative - Jason Bullingham - 1,500 votes. Candidate: Keith Rippington

2nd: Green - Anna Bonnalack - 928 votes.                    Candidate: Alan Mossman
3rd: UKIP - Duncan Richardson - 625 votes.                  No candidate in 2017

4th: Labour - Sheila McGrath - 456 votes.                     No candidate in 2017

5th: Liberal Democrats - Daniel Much - 145 votes          Candidate: Alexander Findlay


Cam Valley

Cam Valley GCC page, Electorate - 10,294
Winner: Conservative - Brian Tipper - 1,479 votes.         Candidate: Brian Tipper

2nd: Labour - John Fowles - 1,409 votes.                       Candidate: Julie Douglass

3rd: Liberal Democrat - Thomas Cairns - 315 votes.       Candidate: Adrian Walker-Smith

4th: Green - Tony McNulty - 271 votes.                         No candidate in 2017.


Dursley GCC page, Electorate - 8,612

Winner: Labour & Cooperative - Steve Lydon - 1,003 votes. Candidate: Steve Lydon

2nd: Conservative - Alex Stennet - 952 votes.                   Candidate: Loraine Patrick

3rd: Liberal Democrats - Brian Marsh - 558 votes.              Candidate: George Butcher

4th: Green Party - Nicola Hilary - 345 votes.                      No candidate in 2017

Hardwick & Severn

Hardwick & Severn GCC page, Electorate 8,379

Winner: Conservative - Anthony Blackburn - 1,246 votes.    Candidate: Stephen Davis

2nd: Labour - Sarah Madley - 658 votes.                           Candidate: Liz Ashton

3rd: Green - Sue Hartley - 367 votes.                                Candidate: Sue Hartley

4th: Liberal Democrat - Myles Robinson - 129.                    Candidate: Mike Stayte


Minchinhampton GCC page, Electorate 9,983

Winner: Conservative - Stan Waddington - 1,243 votes.      Candidate: Dorcas Binns

2nd: Green Party - John Williams - 946 votes.                    Candidate: Rachel Smith

3rd: UKIP - Adrian Blake - 743 votes.                                No candidate in 2017.

4th: Labour - David Taylor - 637 votes.                              No candidate in 2017.

5th: Liberal Democrats - Felicity Hornby - 153 votes.          No candidate in 2017.


Nailsworth GCC page, Electorate - 9,021
Winner: Conservative - Dorcas Binns - 1,351 votes.            Candidate: Emma Sims

2nd: Labour - Jo Smith - 1,128 votes.                               Candidate: Steve Robinson

3rd: Green Party - Uta Baldauf - 578 votes.                        Candidate: Sarah Blowers

4th: Liberal Democrats - Paul McCloskey - 135 votes.          Candidate: Colleen Rothwell

5th:                                                                                Independent: Robert Paterson


Rodborough GCC page, Electorate - 8,536
Winner: Labour - Brian Oosthuysen - 1,318 votes.             Candidate: Brian Oosthuysen

2nd: UKIP - Richard Williams - 549 votes.                         No candidate in 2017

3rd: Conservative - Roger Cuddington - 546 votes.            Candidate: Alex Bisset

4th: Green Party - Philip Blombery - 340 votes.                 Candidate: Philip Blomberg  

5th: Liberal Democrat - Christine Headley - 297 votes.       Canidate: Christine Headley


Stonehouse GCC page, Electorate - 9,364
Winner: Labour & Cooperative - Lesley Williams - 1,111 votes. Candidate: Lesley Williams

2nd: Conservative - Lawrie Hall - 458 votes.                       Candidate: Ginny Smar

3rd: UKIP - Steve Parker - 410 votes.                                 Candidate: Glenville Gogerly

4th: Independent - Trevor Baker - 281 votes.                      Not a candidate in 2017

5th: Green Party - Clare Sheriden - 183 votes.                    Candidate: Carol Kambites

6th: Liberal Democrats - Roberta Crawley - 73 votes.           Candidate: Sylvia Bridgland

7th: Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition - Chris Moore -


Stroud Central

Stroud Central GCC page, Electorate - 10,438
Winner: Green Party - Sarah Lunnon - 1,504 votes.             Candidate: Eva Ward

2nd: Labour - Tosca Cabello-Watson - 1,042 votes.              Candidate: Debbie Hicks

3rd: Conservative - Debbie Young - 577 votes.                    Candidate: Debbie Young

4th: UKIP - Harry Carr - 512 votes.                                    No candidate in 2017.

5th: Liberal Democrats - Adrian Walker-Smith - 108 votes.   Candidate: Steve Dechan


Wotton-Under-Edge GCC page, Electorate -8,467

Winner: Liberal Democrats - John Cordwell - 1,251 votes.    Candidate: John Cordwell

2nd: Conserviate - Lesley Reeves - 1,114 votes.                  Candidate: Graham Smith

3rd: Labour - Laurence Cotterell - 344 votes.                       Candidate: Mark Huband

4th: Green Party - Graham Spender - 224 votes.                 No candidate in 2017

5th: No candidate in 2013                                                 UKIP: David Hinder

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 18:10

Bread & Roses film screening to mark International Workers Memorial Day

Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:28
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Stroud Against the Cuts is marking International Workers Memorial Day 2016 and preparing for celebrations of May Day with a screening of Ken Loach's film "Bread & Roses". Join us at the Lansdown Hall on Saturday 30th April from 7.00-9.30pm. Entry is free but we will be collecting donations to cover costs and our work.


"Bread and Roses is a story about the most marginalised of LA communities daring to take on their corporate bosses against all odds." A feature length film by Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, exploring the lives of low-paid cleaners in Los Angeles, and union organising, the title is a reference to a slogan first used in the 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts Textile workers strike - which also inspired the song 'Bread and Roses', and - indeed - the UK Labour Party's rose graphic. Watch a trailer: 


International Workers Memorial Day takes place on Thursday April 28th. Information about IWMD events in the UK is available from the TUC, where they say:


"In 2016 the theme for the day is "Strong Laws - Strong enforcement - Strong Unions" because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government have removed protection form millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced.

That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent.

That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.".


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