Around a thousand marched in York on a TUC-organised demo against Lib Dem Spring Conference on 8 March.
Unlike at some of the marches against Tory conferences, there wasn’t a police sniper or nine foot tall metal barrier in sight, even though we marched past the conference venue.
The demo was mainly trade unionists, although there was also a prominent Keep Our NHS Public contingent. There was, however, few student activists.
It’s good that the TUC organised this demo, and on International Woman’s Day to highlight way that austerity is disproportionately affecting women. However the political basis of the demo seemed vague, and there was a lack of slogans or chanting. We need louder and sharper politics to inspire and make an impact.