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Nurses Not Nukes

Thursday 10 June 7.30pm 

The Tory government recently announced it planned to increase military spending by £16 billion. It also said health sector workers would receive a tiny 1% pay rise, possibly rising later to 2.1%. But does the UK really want or need nukes rather than nurses?

Speakers are:

Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, former member of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee;

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Murad Qureshi, former Chair of the Stop the War Coalition

Catherine West, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green

Speaker biographies:

Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis is a junior doctor specialising in Infectious Diseases. He is an active BMA member and NHS campaigner. As a former member of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee he helped organise local and national industrial action. He is also a member of Medact, supporting health professionals working together for a world where all can exercise the human right to health.

Kate Hudson is the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Media Officer for Left Unity. She served as Chair of CND from 2003 to 2010. She has been an officer of the Stop the War Coalition since 2002, and founded Socialist Resistance. Her published works include CND – Now More Than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement; Breaking the South Slav Dream: The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia; European Communism Since 1989; The New European Left: a socialism for the twenty-first century; Free Movement and Beyond: agenda setting for Brexit Britain and CND at 60 – Britain’s Most Enduring Mass Movement,

Murad Qureshi is a former Chair of the Stop the War Coalition and a former Member of the London Assembly. He worked in Housing and Regeneration for 15 years, helping establish housing associations and co-ops in the East End. He founded the Labour Party affiliated Socialist Environment and Resources Association (SERA). He was a former board member of BRAC UK, an international NGO seeking to alleviate poverty and empower the poor.


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