Cost of living protests held in Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth

  • ITV News Meridian reporter Mike Pearse hears from protesters concerned about the rising cost of living.

Protests have been held in Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth over the cost of living crisis. 

Demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday to highlight their concerns about heating their homes and filling their fridges.During the day of national protest, the People's Assembly in the cities and towns held marches and rallies to make their voices heard amid the soaring price of energy and other bills.

The People’s Assembly said it expects thousands of protesters will take to the streets at dozens of locations throughout the UK to highlight those suffering “real hardships” due to the combination of rising fuel and food prices, inflation and low pay.

Unions have complained that Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring statement last week did nothing to allay fears about soaring fuel bills and rising inflation, with the TUC calling for an emergency budget to help families.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, planned to speak at the London demonstration.

He said: “With rising fuel, food and energy bills, the soaring cost of living is pushing millions into poverty, and the disgusting treatment of the sacked P&O workers needs urgent action from the Government."