On Saturday 22nd October I went to a march in Leeds.
What was it about?
It was about the disability benefit cuts. It was a big success – over 400 people came. The speakers were Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Susan Hanley, Robyn Brockie, Paul Williams, Sheila Banks, Andy Smith, Steve Winyard and Tim McSharry. They all did a great job.
I was on holiday in Portugal but I saw it in the papers. I thought what a good job they did and I felt inspired that people with learning disabilities were speaking up for our rights.
It was widely reported on local TV, radio, in the papers and on the internet.
Across the country over 5,500 people went to the 12 marches, sending the strongest message to the government about cuts to disability benefits and services. I went to the one in Manchester, it was great! There were speeches and music. Cherylee Houston who is a disabled actress who plays Izzy in The Street was also there.
To find out more go to www.hardesthit.org.uk
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Here are some more photos from The Hardest Hit demonstrations around the country: