March against the badger cull and NHS cuts
Around 50,000 people marched on a union protest against austerity cuts on the opening day of the Conservative Party conference.
The aim of the protest, which took place in Manchester, was to highlight the impact of Government policies on jobs and spending across the health service, as well as the "rapid sell-off" of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to private healthcare companies, organisers said.
Greater Manchester Police said the protest – said to be the largest ever dealt with by the force – had passed off peacefully in the most part, with just two arrests for breaches of the peace.
Some protesters were also making clear their resistance to badger culling in the South West to reduce the spread of bovine TB in cattle, holding aloft signs calling ministers "badger butchers". Following the march a rally was held where union leaders, politicians, celebrities and NHS workers addressed the crowd.
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