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Bedroom Tax protest in city centre - report by Liverpool photographer

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Bedroom Tax protest in city centre - report by Liverpool photographer

As part of nationwide protests, campaigners gathered in Liverpool city centre to demonstrate against a new “bedroom tax” that will cut benefits to people with a spare room.

Several hundred gathered in Derby Square to listen to speeches from various politicians, campaigners and local people about the soon to be implemented bedroom tax policy. Lyndsey Wade who has been told they must pay “bedroom tax” on their dead youngster’s room spoke at the city rally against the controversial benefit cut. Lyndsey, who has kept 10-year-old son Kane’s room as it was since he died choking on a sweet in 2011, were amongst a number of keynote speakers at today’s demonstration.

Labour Party councillors and Maria Eagle, Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Garston and Halewood received a mixed reception from the large crowd, many suggesting that they were bandwagon jumping on a grassroots direct action campaign. Hecklers with mega-phones asked for commitments and policy changes from the Labour Party. Others asked for unity and for the dissenters to keep quiet.

Demonstration organiser Claire Chapple said the protest was about bringing everyone together to stand up to the government’s plans.

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