150,000 people from all over the country marched through the streets of London at the TUC's March for a Future that Works on Saturday where the star of the day was undoubtedly a young man from the Black Country, Ashley Parsons, pictured third from the left holding the banner at the front of the march.
Delivering one of the most powerful speeches of the day from the stage at Hyde Park where the march concluded, Ashley told his story of being desperate to work and contribute to society but having hundreds of applications turned down. He spoke of being a victim of Government cuts as they have drastically reduced the public sector in the Black Country, which is the main provider of employment in the region. Ashley finished his speech with the words:
'Young people are not only the future, they are the here and now and right now I say to you, Mr Cameron, to give us jobs not cuts.'