Speakers confirmed for Hardest Hit North East events

A number of speakers for the Hardest Hit vigil in Sunderland this Friday and march in Newcastle on Saturday have now been confirmed.

Sunderland Vigil

When: 26 October 2012, assemble at 6pm for vigil, entertainment and refreshments inside to follow Where: Pedestrianised area outside Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland

Confirmed speakers:

  • Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central
  • Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council
  • Caron Walker

March and Rally in Newcastle

When: Saturday 27 October 2012, assemble at 10:30am
Where: Meeting at the Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne

Confirmed speakers:

  • Peter Bennetts RNIB representative from South Shields
  • Catherine McKinnell, Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Newcastle North MP
  • Pat Onions of the Pat’s Petition campaign
  • Shona Alexander, Chief Executive of Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Mary Laver of the Save the Independent Living Fund Campaign
  • Vera Baird QC, Labour candidate for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Sunderland disability campaigner Claire Parker to host the event for the Hardest Hit campaign


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