Around 30 to 40 people gathered on a dull and blustery Sunday morning to celebrate Labour Day and show solidarity with the workers, the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled, the disadvantaged, ethnic and cultural groups, the homeless, the elderly and anyone who has fallen prey to the despicable record of human rights abuses instigated over the last five years by the current UK government of the Tories and Liberal Democrats.
Ben Stevenson – the CPB’s Parliamentary candidate for Croydon North – acted as one of the Stewards for the march, guiding people along the route which starting this year by West Croydon Train Station, and made its way through Croydon town-centre and up toward Ruskin House – the home of the Communist Party of Britain in South London.
The leadership of the CPB took the decision to use a loud-hailer to on the march to condemn the Tory and LibDem government, and point out the terrible and destructive changes they have made to the UK, which includes the dismantling of the Welfare State, and the privatisation of the National Health Service (NHS) – both of which were established in 1948 by the Labour Party. The CPB called upon voters to support the local Labour Party candidate in an effort to keep the Tories out of power. Some fellow Comrades did not agree with this policy – as the Labour Party nolonger pursues leftwing policies that represent the workers, but rather policies that pander to middle class sentiment and aspiration.