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Memories of the tax justice bus in the East Midlands

Thursday 27 September

The East Midlands was treated to a two day tax bus extravaganza last weekend.

Various staff members of the Loughborough Christian Aid office were on the bus during the two days as well as overseas partner from Guatemala, Ricardo Barrientos, and campaigns officer from London headquarters, Luke Harman.

The joint Christian Aid and Church Action on Povertytax justice bus is travelling around the UK and Ireland over seven weeks, to deliver our message of tax justice. The bus came to the East Midlands on days 30 and 31 of its 53 day tour. This is what happened....

Day 30: Saturday 22 September

The tax justice bus started its tour of the East Midlands outside Leicester Cathedral and St Martins House on Saturday where it was greeted by various guests such as the Lord Mayor of Leicester, City Mayor, Bishop of Leicester and Chair of the Leicestershire County Council as well as numerous local supporters. Discussions about tax justice were held outside in the sun with tea, coffee and scones, kindly made by St Martins House, available for all.

We then made the journey to Robin Hood Country (otherwise known as Nottingham) where supporters were treated to music by the Nottingham Psalm Drummers as well as a great discussion with local Gedling MP, Vernon Coaker, who took our ‘tick for tax justice’ action. Refreshments were kindly being served in St Andrews with Castle Gate URC where the bus was parked outside.

Day 31: Sunday 23 September

After an evening’s rest, we headed off bright and early to make it to Cliff College for an early morning briefing with staff and students from the college. Tea, coffee and various breakfast goodies were on offer, which was much appreciated at that time in the morning!

The bus then travelled to Buxton where a lunch was being held at the St Thomas More Catholic School with special guest, the Bishop of Derby. A great discussion took place over lunch with the Bishop, a volunteer from Church Action on Poverty and Ricardo Barrientos before the bus headed to its final destination in the East Midlands - Ashbourne.

The rain decided now was a good time to start but it didn't stop local people and supporters coming to see the bus as it parked outside the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Great discussions were had over tea and biscuits on the top deck of the bus before a surprise visit was made by newly appointed transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to visit our tax justice bus while it was in the East Midlands and the different places we visited for their fantastic hospitality and support.

See photos and take our action

If you did not manage to see the bus whilst it was in your area, do not fear as you can still get involved.

Either visit our Christian Aid in the East Midlands facebook page to see photos from its visit or go to our main Christian Aid website to take our 'tick for tax justice' action.

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