Students in Salford attended a protest against The Conservative Party to coincide with the party conference being held this weekend in Manchester.
Students and young people made up a large part of the thousands who assembled on the city’s streets. Various branches of tory opposition came together including “Kill The Bill” and societies from around the country.
Charlotte, a first-year student at Salford University, told Salford Now that she was joining the march on Sunday afternoon “to show solidarity and be united against the Tories”.
She went on to say that the recent proposal by the government to reduce the student loan repayment threshold shows how “out of touch” the cabinet is.
The proposal would see students have to start repaying loans when they earn £23,000 per year instead of the current £27,000.
Jack, who studies film production in MediaCityUK, said “I’m displeased with the way the current cabinet is running things in this country, and they don’t represent the whole population.”
The protest was monitored by hundreds of police officers who had formed a “ring of steel” around Manchester Central Convention Complex, hosting the party conference according to Greater Manchester Police.
The force had arranged for support from police liaison, tactical aid as well as armed police officers located between the assembly and Oxford Road train station.
Placards were seen all over the city reading messages such as “FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE”, “NURSES NOT NUKES” and “DEFY TORY RULE.”