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People United - bus tour departs People’s Assembly to build the People’s Manifesto

Where: Westminster Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH.

When: Saturday 22 June 2013 12:30pm – 13:00pm

Tomorrow (22 June), over 4,000 people attending the People’s Assembly will be waving off two People United buses on their two week journeys which will see them visit over 25 towns and cities across England to build the People’s Manifesto.

A coalition of unions - Unite, Unison, GMB, PCS and CWU, along with the TUC have come together this summer to help ordinary people give voice to their ideas about how to change their country for the better.

Both buses will end their journeys on Friday 5 July at Trafford hospital - the birthplace of the NHS - with a party to celebrate the 65 birthday of the now at risk National Health Service.

Following the departure of the buses, general secretary of Unite Len McCluskey will address the People’s Assembly at approximately 3:30pm. In his speech he is expected to warn of an out-of-touch government saying:

“We have a government and a ruling elite who have no concept of the struggles of ordinary people. While food banks run out because of soaring demand, the prime minister tweets about his lavish dinner at this week’s G8 summit.”

He will go on to say that we need to build a people’s movement that defeats an out-of-touch government, saying:

“We need to go back to our communities and build confidence and hope. We cannot let the spirit of the People’s Assembly fade. We need to capture the spirit here today and show that there is an alternative to the failed experiment in austerity.”

On the same day, Unite will also be unveiling the results of a survey of ‘Everyday England’ covering 14 English towns and cities involved in this summer’s People United bus tour.

ENDS

For more information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065, or Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

People United bus routes

Bus route 1

London and Eastern


Saturday 22 June: Depart People’s Assembly, Westminster Central Hall in London to Basildon for an afternoon drive through and leafleting
Sunday 23 June: Southend on Sea bus stop, all day on the seafront 
Monday 24 June: Cambridge city centre day long bus stop
Monday 24 June (pm): Norwich evening community Question Time
Tuesday 25 June: Norwich town centre bus stop
Tuesday 25 June (pm): Peterborough evening community Question Time
Wednesday 26 June: Leicester for an afternoon bus stop

East Midlands

Thursday 27 June: Lincoln afternoon bus stop 
Friday 28 June: Grimsby afternoon bus stop

North East Yorkshire and Humberside

Friday 28 June (pm): Hull evening community Question Time
Saturday 29 June: Hull all day bus stop
Sunday 30 June: Leeds all day bus stop
Monday 1 July: Middlesbrough all day bus stop / evening community Question Time
Tuesday 2 July: Hartlepool all day bus stop

North West

Wednesday 3 July:  Blackpool afternoon bus stop / evening community Question Time
Thursday 4 July: Salford all day bus stop / evening community Question Time
Friday 5 July: photo opportunity event outside Trafford General Hospital to mark NHS 65th birthday. Followed by a party to celebrate the NHS

Bus route 2

South East

Saturday 22 June: depart People’s Assembly London to Chatham for an afternoon bus stop
Sunday 23 June: Ramsgate and Dover
Monday 24 June: Hastings all day bus stop

South West

Monday 24 June (pm): Portsmouth evening community Question Time
Tuesday 25 June: Portsmouth morning bus stop / Bournemouth late afternoon bus stop
Wednesday 26 June: Plymouth afternoon bus stop / evening community Question Time
Thursday 27 June: Bristol evening community Question Time
Friday/Saturday: 28 - 29 June: Bristol 2 full days of activities

West Midlands

Sunday 30 June: Bristol to Coventry via David Cameron’s constituency in Witney then Coventry evening community Question Time
Monday 1 July: Coventry all day bus stop
Tuesday 2 July: Derby afternoon bus stop

East Midlands

Tuesday 2 July: Derby to Stoke-on-Trent

North West

Wednesday 3 July: Stoke-on-Trent morning stop off - drive to Stockport via Knutsford, George Osborn's constituency / Stockport afternoon bus stop off
Thursday 4 July: Salford all day bus stop / evening community Question Time.
Friday 5 July: 2pm photo opportunity event outside Trafford General Hospital to mark NHS 65th birthday followed by a party to celebrate the NHS.

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