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TUC Manchester protest – hear WFM 97.2 special 60-minute report at the times below

Tory marchThousands of people marched through Manchester on Sunday October 4th in a protest organised by the Trades Union Congress and the People’s Assembly against Austerity.

Demonstrators opposed to Government policies clamoured to be heard while Conservative delegates felt under siege as they met for their annual conference in the city.

Tory delegates and some journalists were taunted and one Conservative conference delegate was photographed covered in egg.

But this was not the main story of the day – the story was that up to 80,000 people travelled from all parts of the country to Manchester to stage what Wythenshawe FM reporters experienced as a mostly peaceful and good-natured protest.

The crowds were entertained by music from Billy Bragg and stirred by speeches from union bosses like Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite, and Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, and from Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett. Singer Charlotte Church also gave an impassioned speech.

So has the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership re-energised the left and with the Conservatives set to be in power until 2020 how are people who didn’t vote Conservative hoping to influence Government policy?
Wythenshawe FM set out to find out what the voices outside the Conservative Party conference were trying to say to the people inside. You can listen to what we discovered in a special 60-minute report which you can hear at the following times:

Wednesday 14th October 4.00 pm
Thursday 15th October 9.00 pm
Saturday 17th October 7.00 pm
Sunday 18th October 11.00 pm

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