PRESS RELEASE: Lib Dems Savage Young Peoples Future But Candidate Claims to Support Youth Fight for Jobs
April 18, 2012 1 Comment
It has come to the attention of Youth Fight for Jobs that a Liberal Democrats candidate for the Wakefield Rural ward in this year’s council elections, Finbarr Cronin, has used the campaigns logo on his election material and is claiming he supports the campaign.
Whilst Youth Fight for Jobs seeks to build support for the campaign and publicity for issues around youth unemployment and education cuts, we campaign on a clear basis of opposition to all cuts, demanding real jobs at a decent wage and call for the reintroduction of EMA and scrapping tuition fees.
Unfortunately, this is the exact opposite of what the present coalition government including Liberal Democrats has done. The government has presided over savage cuts to public services, as well as scrapping EMA and doing precisely the opposite of Nick Clegg’s pledge to scrap university tuition fees by trebling them.
Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Organiser for Youth Fight for Jobs said, “Up and down the country the Jarrow marchers received huge support from ordinary people and trade unionists. Many of whom were angry at what they felt was a betrayal by Lib Dem leaders over issues such as increasing tuition fees which is likely to put large layers of young working class kids from attending university.”
“If Finbarr Cronin really supports the aims of Youth Fight for Jobs then he should resign from the Liberal Democrats and contest elections on a platform that includes the key demands of Youth Fight for Jobs. This is what Wakefield YFJ activist, Dan Dearden, is doing standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in Pontefract North ward.”
1) Youth Fight for Jobs received the support of several organisations in the Wakefield area including the Red Shed (Wakefield Labour Club) who hosted the evening event and fed the marchers, Five Towns Brewery who donated a barrel of beer to the event, Ewan McLennan who performed for free at the event and 15th Wakefield Scout group who allowed the marchers to use their hall to stay overnight in, Wakefield Socialist Party and Wakefield Coalition Against Cuts who promoted the march and evening event.
2) The five key demands Youth Fight for Jobs put forward during the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 were: Bring back EMA, Scrap university fees, Create decent jobs – not slave labour, Save youth services, Build good, affordable houses for all