May 23 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, March 16, 2013
More than 150 protesters gathered outside the offices of Norwich South MP Simon Wright to protest at the government’s ‘bedroom tax’ proposals.
The demonstration was one of around 60 taking place around the country today, and was attended by members of the Labour party, Socialist Workers’ Party, Unite and Unison, and representatives of the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).
Crowds assembled at Douro Place, off Dereham Road, to hear speeches from Labour city council candidate and organiser Emma Corlett, Mark Harrison, the chief executive of NCODP, and Clive Lewis, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Norwich South.
Protesters wore pyjamas and dressing gowns, with many clutching teddy bears and hot water bottles to show their opposition to proposals that could see people’s housing benefit cut if they are deemed to have too much living space.
Ms Corlett said they had chosen Mr Wright’s office as the location of the protest because he had not voted on the bedroom tax in the House of Commons.
Speaking afterwards, she said: “It was good to see such a broad range of people turn up for the protest.
“A lot of people have been affected, and many different groups have come together.”
She said she hoped the groups could organised a coordinated response to cuts they feel are unnecessary.
“It will be a way of bringing people together to see how we can organise a campaign against the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts,” she said.
“We hope it will be start of the reaction from the community.”
For more on this story, see Monday’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.