Lancastrians On The March

The traditional May Day Bank Holiday sees Lancastrians protesting, marching and celebrating, here is a selection of Lancashire political action to get involved in

Note that there is also talk of a Green Party Parade in Manchester, Saturday 2nd May, and a double decker bus parade of Blackpool, Sunday 3rd May, but we await details of this


Solidarity with Laura Clayson and Sarah McGowan

Date: Friday May 1st

Time: 9:30am

Location: Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Manchester M3 3FL


Date: Friday May 1st

Location: Baffitos, Preston Dock, PR2 2YP

Time: 5pm onwards, bands from 9pm


Date: Saturday May 2nd

Location: Meeting Lytham Windmill marching to Lytham Square

Time: Meet 11:30am


Date: Saturday May 2nd – International Workers Day

Time: 10:00 Feeder march from Bexley Square, Salford with Salford TUC
11.00 Piccadilly Gardens march to the Mechanics Institute
12:00 Noon onwards Mechanics Institute

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Date: Saturday 2nd May

Time: 11:45am

Location: 19 Dalton Square, LA1 Lancaster, Lancashire


Monday May 4th , Burnley May Day Festival

Location: Parade from Burnley Town Hall, Festival at Towneley Park


Lancastrian Solidarity, May 1st 2015


9:30am Friday May 1st 2015

Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Manchester M3 3FL

Frack Free Salford, Frack Free Lancashire and Frack Free Greater Manchester invite you to support Laura Clayson and Sarah McGowan in Manchester, Friday 1st May at 9:30am

LUSU president Laura Clayson, 24, and her co-defendant Sarah McGowan, 51, both from Lancaster, will appear before a judge at Manchester Crown Court on May 1 to ask for a re-opening of their case, after they were found guilty of obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty in July last year. On January 7 2014, the pair locked themselves to a concrete barrel inside a car in order to obstruct the passage of trucks carrying materials to the controversial Barton Moss fracking site. They were originally arrested for obstructing a public highway, however Manchester Magistrates Court ruled Barton Moss Road was not in fact a public highway. Their charge was subsequently changed to the one they were found guilty of, however Ms Clayton and Ms McGowan are disputing the conviction. Ms Clayson said: “We do not believe that the Police were executing their duty by arresting us for something that was not an offence. We took this action in order to support the local community’s struggle against the unconventional fossil fuel industry, to inspire others to take immediate action on climate change and to raise awareness about the issue of fracking itself.”

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Tweet Your Support to Laura and Sarah @LUSUPres


Yorkshire Media & Lancaster Guardian, Anti-fracking Student Appeals Conviction

Fylde Anti-fracking March, Saturday 2nd May 2015


Meet 11:30am @ Lytham Windmill, Fylde, Lancashire

Northern Party Fylde MP candidate Elizabeth Clarkson is calling for all Fylde Parliamentary Candidates to join her and residents from across the Fylde to unite against fracking

A march will take place from Lytham windmill to Lytham Square on Saturday 2nd May at 11.30am where residents can come together to express their concerns about fracking.

Elizabeth says “All  candidates are concerned about the implications of fracking and I have asked all of us to unite and call for a moratorium on fracking until further investigation and public consultation has taken place. I have contacted each candidate and await their support.”

“We need to create a united Fylde against fracking and it can only be done with the public’s passion and resolve. So please do come on Saturday, bring your children, Fylde’s future belongs to them.  Let’s send a strong message to Westminster. I will still be here and ready for action after the election. We can only make a difference together.”

It Is Time To Ditch The Fracking Fantasy And Move On

It is generally accepted that around 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change so why is dirty fracking even being discussed as a UK energy option ?

Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Labour seem to be living in a fracking fantasy land – fracking is a square peg that they are trying to fit into a round hole

Perhaps the only clue you need to know about the fracking industry is that pro-fracking politicians are going out of their way to avoid talking about fracking for fear of losing votes, it is the “elephant in the room” with politicians getting all Basil Fawlty-esque; “don’t mention the fracking”

Peel, who, somewhat laughably, are also “all out for shale” have a business model that appears to be highly flawed and they do not appear to have enough input into their plans from ecologists

Why are Peel, who have huge business interests in large coastal areas trying to bring an industry, that contributes to global warming and sea-level rise, that will immerse the land and their own business interests ? Peel seriously need to review their Atlantic Gateway plans, and the frustrating thing is that Peel could be advancing the North with a radical new heritage and environmental approach rather than business-as-usual toxic industry with no concern for public opinion or public health

The pro-fracking politicians that are enthusiastically cheerleading for this toxic industry should go door to door in the Barton Moss area and speak to the people of Salford to see what their personal experiences of fracking are, just at the exploratory drilling stage

Everyone in the North should google “Police Brutality on Barton Moss” to see what the fracking industry in action looks like, and research the Infrastructure Bill and what the implication might be for your land and community

Renewable energy, EcoTourism and the revitalisation of our ailing agricultural industry can bring far more money, jobs and benefits to the people of the North than the dirty fracking industry

The fracking industry are making predictions up to 2048, can you seriously imagine what the North would look like after 30 years of dirty fracking ??

The Northern Powerhouse concept might have been appropriate in the 1950’s but the world has moved on, the clue is in the name – fossil fuels, and divestment, the transfer of funds in fossil fuels to green industry – is becoming cooler than Beyonce! The environment should be the number one issue at this election as it something we all rely on, we all need to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat food!

We don’t need a Northern Powerhouse, we need a Northern Greenhouse, a sustainable future for all, a plan for the North that embraces the new industries of the 21st century – renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and EcoTourism

The subscribers to the throwback “Northern Powerhouse”, including the Conservatives, Lib Dems, Labour, UKIP, Peel and the North-West Energy Task Force appear to be completely oblivious to the advice and warnings of international figures such as Ban-Ki Moon, The Pope, Mark Carney and the World Bank who are all informing businesses around the world to divest, which they are, in their droves, even the Rockefellers!

It is surprising that the Conservative Party – who like to be known as the “party of business” – and some so-called “business leaders” are making such bad business decisions such as backing dirty fracking, and trying to bribe Northern people into accepting fracking OUR shale in return for peanuts!

When pie in the sky figures about income projections and job predictions are thrown around in connection with the fracking industry, what they NEVER include is how much fracking could cost the economy in terms of the effects to public health, the tourism and agricultural industries, and how much the environmental clean-up might cost us

How about a democratic way forward for the fracking issue, a Fracking Moratorium – a complete halt to fracking activities in the North, with a 3 month full and frank public debate to be hosted in a Northern city where all sides of the argument can be heard and scientific evidence examined, concluding with a peoples’ vote

Now wouldn’t that be nice ?