Sheffield joins the fight against austerity

Comedian Mark Steel and political commentator Owen Jones at the first meeting of Sheffield's People's Assembly at Sheffield Hallam University.

Comedian Mark Steel and political commentator Owen Jones at the first meeting of Sheffield's People's Assembly at Sheffield Hallam University.

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A columnist and author returned to his Sheffield roots to garner support for an anti-austerity movement.

Sheffield-born Owen Jones, political commentator and writer behind Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, was among speakers delivering impassioned speeches against government cuts at the city’s first People’s Assembly meeting.

Hundreds of people packed out a Sheffield Hallam lecture theatre in support of the alliance, which aims to bring together anti-cuts organisations, unions and ordinary people disillusioned with austerity measures.

Strikes, increasing reliance on food banks and the power of protest were some of the topics covered by speakers including comedian Mark Steel.

Owen, whose father worked for Sheffield Council before the family moved to Stockport, said: “What a fantastic turnout.

“If there’s one thing this movement can do it is give a platform to people who can tell the truth about what is happening to this country.”

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