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BBC Video: Rally held to back cuts to reduce UK deficit
Date 16/05/2011 11:13  Author webmaster  Hits 974  Language Global
16 MAY 2011

Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance Matthew Sinclair and UKIP MEP Nigel Farage were among the speakers

BBC News

A rally in favour of government cuts has taken place in central London, arguing UK debt has to be reduced.

The Rally Against Debt was organised in response to protests in March, backed by the Trades Union Congress, which saw thousands demonstrate against cuts.

Around 350 people attended the event in Westminster, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The TUC said the fact "only a few hundred" turned up showed how "little support" the government's plans had.

Organisers also started a petition to stop EU bail-outs.

The idea for the rally came from a discussion on social networking site Twitter, and was partly organised by the TaxPayer's Alliance.

Speakers at the event in Old Palace Yard included political blogger Paul Staines who writes under the name Guido Fawkes, the director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, Matthew Sinclair, and Nigel Farage MEP.

The rally aimed to support the idea that the national debt was a serious issue and it would be immoral to leave it to future generations.

It believed in substantial spending cuts sooner rather than later to avoid seeing more taxes going on debt interest, not paying for services.

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