Election ’17: Covering a Snap Election – the View from the Frontline

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, revisits the last 6 weeks of election fever in a behind-the-scenes look at how S&C worked with local residents and writers to bring alternative perspectives to local mainstream news. When Theresa May called a snap election on 18th April, my heart sank, for many reasons. Chief among them was the Read more

Election ’17: Smears, Cuts and Real Alternatives with Jon Woods Part II

In the second part of Katie Roberts’ interview, Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), discusses the ‘obscenity’ of Trident, the risks of tactical voting and the perils of Islamophobia. Katie Roberts: There’s a view that when people feel threatened by issues such as immigration and national security Read more

Election ’17: Smears, Cuts and Real Alternatives with Jon Woods Part I

Katie Roberts talks to Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) about Jeremy Corbyn’s election chances, the shifting loyalties in Portsmouth politics and a Conservative councillor’s audacious attempt last year to smear Jon and other local activists. Katie Roberts: Could you start by telling us a little bit Read more

Rallies Planned as Portsmouth Councillors Prepare for Budget Cuts Meeting

Following the launch of a petition this week that has quickly generated over 38,000 signatures in support of domestic violence and sexual health services, UP Antifascists release a statement calling for Portsmouth residents to protest the impact of forthcoming cuts.  The rally coincides with the Full Council meeting at 2pm in the Guildhall to decide on Read more

Petition launched to stop Council cuts to trade unions

Portsmouth City Council trade unions have launched an online petition as Portsmouth City Council proposes to end all trade union secondments as part of the forthcoming cuts required of the local authority by central government. By Sarah Cheverton. The secondments – also referred to as Facility Time – release trade union representatives from their day jobs in order Read more