South Yorkshire Women’s Aid under threat again

November 4th: Last March, the Women’s Aid centre in Doncaster was closed down after the Labour-run local council cut its funding, but was then able to reopen due to a successful campaign by service users and staff members — but the centre is now being threatened with closure for a second time.

Frack firms tout plans for 2018 mining surge

November 2nd: With permanent protest sites becoming more difficult to maintain as winter draws in, gas fracking company bosses in England have announced in a puff piece today that they intend to throw yet more money at the crisis-hit industry — but appear to be struggling in the face of multiple threats and setbacks.

Anti-arms activists found not guilty over BAE break-in

October 27th: In the second broadly positive result for the anti-arms movement, Quaker activist Sam Walton and Reverend Daniel Woodhouse have been acquitted of any law-breaking over their attempt to break into a BAE facility and disarm Typhoon fighter jets destined for Saudi Arabia.

Anti arms activist found guilty in Cardiff demo case

October 24th: A jury has found peace activist Deidre Murphy guilty of calling in a bomb hoax in March during protests against the Cardiff arms fair, as several other similar cases hit the trial stages.

Four more spycop names to be released

October 23rd: The grindingly slow Undercover Policing Inquiry looks set to release four more spycops’ cover names following comments from chairman John Mitting — which comes as accusations grow that the Met is succeeding in neutering the inquiry.

Manchester homeless call out council ‘one way ticket’ scandal

October 19th: Following revelations that Manchester Council has spent £10,000 on one-way tickets to push rough sleepers out of the city, activists have been expressing their disdain for executives’ excuses that the measure is aimed at “reconnecting” people with relatives who can help.

Protests as austerity rises in Dundee

October 17th: Dundee Against Austerity joined a protest picket line at Kings Cross Hospital yesterday against a wide range of austerity cuts which have been announced by both the local council and Tayside Health Board, which recently announced it had accrued a major budget deficit.

Manchester Council gears up for eviction of the Addy

October 9th: Andy Burnham’s Labour administration found itself in yet another mess over homelessness today as it made its first abortive attempt to scare a self-organised homeless group off an occupied site in Hulme — just days after pledging to “end homelessness” in Manchester.

Picturehouse strike on a high as it goes into day two

October 8th: Following on from intimidatory efforts by bosses at Cineworld’s Picturehuse subsidiary, including redundancies which critics say seem aimed at scaring union organisers into silence, pickets are going strong tonight in the second day of strike action to win the London Living Wage and basic rights.

Solfed: Rail firms are putting profit and power before people

October 3rd: In this short statement, first published at solfed.org.uk, Manchester Solidarity Federation are urging support for rail workers facing dangerous cuts to jobs.