Students march in Leeds

Anger against the Government's planned education cuts showed no signs of abating in Leeds when 1,000 students and university staff took to the streets and brought the city centre briefly to a halt.

There was a heavy police presence as the students gathered outside Leeds Metrpolitan University Union yesterday in advance of today's national demonstration in London - the day the vote on the proposed cuts takes place in Parliament.

Stewards at yesterday's Leeds demonstration negotiated a route to march through the city with police. Police stopped traffic, and the chanting demonstrators halted briefly in the Headrow before moving off again.

The marchers broke from the route to stage a demonstration outside Leeds Civic Hall. The aim was to call on the city's Labour Council not to implement the coalition Government's cuts, and instead to join those resisting them. Police blocked the doors into the Civic Hall.

After a short rally the demonstrators, who included lecturers from the Universtiy and College Union at both the city's universities,then marched to Leeds University.

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