THE inaugural meeting of the Huddersfield branch of Respect - the Unity Coalition was held in Huddersfield Town Hall.

Respect was launched nationally this year with the aim of forming an electoral alliance to the Left of New Labour, to challenge the Government in this year's elections.

Respect will be fielding candidates for Euro seats and may also challenge for seats in Kirklees.

Speaker Cath Owen, a Euro candidate, said: "People are fed up with Labour continuing Tory policies of privatisation in public services."