Leamington Spark, the new free radical news sheet, is now winging its way to the printers and will be available from next Saturday. Pick up your free copy at the Leamington Peace Festival. Contents in the first issue include:
1 Cover story A report on the rise of food banks in Leamington.
2 Editorial Welcome to Leamington Spark!
3 NHS under attack It promised it wouldn’t, but our government is selling off the NHS to the highest bidder. Report on local campaigns, and an NHS mythbuster.
4 Bedroom tax Cruel tax starts to bite.
5 The People’s Assembly An initiative to build a better democracy in Britain. A report from the Warwickshire branch.
6 Solidarity Staff and students link arms at Warwick University to oppose cuts and privatisation. A member of Warwick PPU reports.
7 UKIP The worrying rise of a far-right party – report by Hope Not Hate organiser Owen Jones.
8 Left Unity Leamingtonians help launch a new political party of the left. (See blog post below for preview of this report.)
9 Homelessness A homelessness worker in Warwickshire reports on a worsening situation for desperate people.
10 The Peace Festival You can’t put a price on it. By the Peace Festival committee.
11 Leam’s workers’ co-op Living proof that there is an alternative to ‘business as usual’, from a Gaia worker.
12 Radical bookshops Whatever happened to Leam’s? Memories from the owner of Leamington’s last radical bookshop.
13 Opinion Give everyone a basic income; the right to a home. Comment and opinion by Left Unity members.
14 Reviews Leamington Underground Cinema’s curator on a Dostoevsky classic; Attila the Stockbroker at Leamington LAMP.