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John McDonnell: Mass action is essential to ending austerity 30 Nov 2018 07:33 #11559

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JOHN McDONNELL warned campaigners “we may be the last generation that can save the welfare state” at the launch of a major new anti-austerity campaign.

Appearing by video at the launch of the People’s Assembly’s Britain is Broken: We can’t afford the Tories tour on Wednesday night, the shadow chancellor reminded an audience of hundreds that the stakes were high.

“Every day brings new victims of universal credit, homelessness, of overstretched emergency services and councils that can no longer fund even a basic safety net," he said.

“We have a pressing need for us to do everything in our power to defend and extend the services on which our lives and livelihoods depend.”

Mr McDonnell said it was necessary that Labour members, trade unionists and community activists throw their energy into building an anti-austerity social movement.

“A Labour government will play its part — ours will be a Labour government committed to defending our NHS, education and welfare services," he said.

“Any progressive government can only succeed if it has a solid base of active support. We need every single one of you to be active in a mass movement against austerity — right now.

“In the future, every single one of us will be able to reverse austerity, and rebuild the social fabric of our society.”

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