Jeremy Browne visits British Heart Foundation charity shop in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: Jeremy Browne poses with staff outside the BHF shop in Taunton Jeremy Browne poses with staff outside the BHF shop in Taunton

TAUNTON MP Jeremy Browne visited staff at the town’s British Heart Foundation shop to learn more about their Fight for Every Heartbeat campaign, which is aiming to secure more donations, and more fundraisers and volunteers.

Mr Browne said: “Charity shops are raising huge amounts of money for deserving causes. The British Heart Foundation is paying for research, new equipment for patients and nursing staff to care for people who have suffered a heart attack.

“People who support the British Heart Foundation shop with their donations and custom are helping to raise funds which are making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people.
"It is also impressive how many people volunteer for charities in Taunton Deane. In addition to their professional staff, the British Heart Foundation shop in Taunton has a remarkable 45 volunteers."

Mr Browne also helped by packing bags and chatting to customers during his visit to the shop in North Street.

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12:22pm Wed 4 Jun 14

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2:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

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A member of the callous savage and HEARTLESS unelected coalition of Con-Dem millionaires... visiting a British Heart Foundation charity shop in Taunton?!

The cruel and bitter irony will not be lost on many thousands of readers throughout Somerset...

Con-Dems get a kicking

Now build a mass voice for the working class!

In the elections for English councils voters sent a message to the Con-Dem cuts coalition. Get out!

The Tories are now 230 councillors lighter and they lost control of eleven councils. 310 Lib Dem local government representatives were unseated and they now lead only six councils. They were reduced to one MEP in the European elections.

For months the capitalist press gave Farage a platform to peddle his false 'man of the people' image. Ukip was undoubtedly presented as the best stick to beat the hated traditional capitalist parties and was the main beneficiary of the protest vote against parties making cuts at national and local level.

But in reality Ukip is another pro-cuts establishment party of the super-rich 1%, which whips up racism and division. Among its backers are bosses and bankers, among its leaders are disgraced ex-Tories, and when faced with the choice to cut services and jobs its councillors have voted in favour. It actually represents all that is rotten in capitalist politics.

In local government Labour councillors have also chosen to make cuts rather than fight back against the cold cruelty of Con-Dem austerity. Labour councils are issuing eviction notices for non-payment of the bedroom tax and council tax arrears.

In Southampton, the Labour group expelled Councillor Keith Morrell. His crime? Standing up and voting against cuts. But the working class gave its verdict by re-electing him with over twice the vote of his Labour opponent.

Voters were looking for a way to express their opposition to austerity - planned poverty, as the Socialist has explained it. The 561 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates pledged to vote against cuts and offered a working class alternative.

TUSC suffered a blackout in the capitalist press but nonetheless, where campaigners were out the streets, in the work places, speaking at meetings and on the doorsteps, the idea of a working class alternative gained an echo.

We were able to ask: who would you like to represent you - a party led by former stock-broker Farage or an organisation founded by class fighter and former RMT leader, the late Bob Crow? Even the BBC admitted that RMT members had "pay rises every year even during austerity, good pensions and good holiday allowances". Surely that's the best basis for a party to defend us.

Trade unionists who every day fight to defend workers' rights in the workplace were able to explain that they would take the same approach in the council - not accepting the capitalist 'logic' that workers always have to tighten their belts and accept cuts while the bosses and the super-rich get ever richer.

This election gave us a tiny glimpse of what a new mass workers' party could offer. Now the campaign for the trade unions to break the link with pro-cuts Labour and build TUSC must be stepped up. No to cuts!

Socialist election victories: in Ireland Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger was elected as a TD (MP) as well as 14 Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors and in Greece a CWI member was elected as a councillor.

See www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk/articles/18651
/27-05-2014/euro-ele
ctions-a-revolt-agai
nst-the-capitalist-e
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A member of the callous savage and HEARTLESS unelected coalition of Con-Dem millionaires... visiting a British Heart Foundation charity shop in Taunton?! The cruel and bitter irony will not be lost on many thousands of readers throughout Somerset... Con-Dems get a kicking Now build a mass voice for the working class! In the elections for English councils voters sent a message to the Con-Dem cuts coalition. Get out! The Tories are now 230 councillors lighter and they lost control of eleven councils. 310 Lib Dem local government representatives were unseated and they now lead only six councils. They were reduced to one MEP in the European elections. For months the capitalist press gave Farage a platform to peddle his false 'man of the people' image. Ukip was undoubtedly presented as the best stick to beat the hated traditional capitalist parties and was the main beneficiary of the protest vote against parties making cuts at national and local level. But in reality Ukip is another pro-cuts establishment party of the super-rich 1%, which whips up racism and division. Among its backers are bosses and bankers, among its leaders are disgraced ex-Tories, and when faced with the choice to cut services and jobs its councillors have voted in favour. It actually represents all that is rotten in capitalist politics. In local government Labour councillors have also chosen to make cuts rather than fight back against the cold cruelty of Con-Dem austerity. Labour councils are issuing eviction notices for non-payment of the bedroom tax and council tax arrears. In Southampton, the Labour group expelled Councillor Keith Morrell. His crime? Standing up and voting against cuts. But the working class gave its verdict by re-electing him with over twice the vote of his Labour opponent. Voters were looking for a way to express their opposition to austerity - planned poverty, as the Socialist has explained it. The 561 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates pledged to vote against cuts and offered a working class alternative. TUSC suffered a blackout in the capitalist press but nonetheless, where campaigners were out the streets, in the work places, speaking at meetings and on the doorsteps, the idea of a working class alternative gained an echo. We were able to ask: who would you like to represent you - a party led by former stock-broker Farage or an organisation founded by class fighter and former RMT leader, the late Bob Crow? Even the BBC admitted that RMT members had "pay rises every year even during austerity, good pensions and good holiday allowances". Surely that's the best basis for a party to defend us. Trade unionists who every day fight to defend workers' rights in the workplace were able to explain that they would take the same approach in the council - not accepting the capitalist 'logic' that workers always have to tighten their belts and accept cuts while the bosses and the super-rich get ever richer. This election gave us a tiny glimpse of what a new mass workers' party could offer. Now the campaign for the trade unions to break the link with pro-cuts Labour and build TUSC must be stepped up. No to cuts! Socialist election victories: in Ireland Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger was elected as a TD (MP) as well as 14 Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors and in Greece a CWI member was elected as a councillor. See www.socialistparty.o rg.uk/articles/18651 /27-05-2014/euro-ele ctions-a-revolt-agai nst-the-capitalist-e stablishment and www.socialistworld.n et for more SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
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