Hundreds protest as controversial budget approved by Hull City Council
More than 300 protestors have gathered outside the Guildhall to protest about the loss of 600 council jobs after a new budget was approved.
Inside the Guildhall, where the Labour budget was voted through by 38 votes to 13, the public gallery erupted with shouts of "shame".
Minutes later, hundreds of people took to the streets outside, waving Unison banners and blowing whistles. Speakers took to a makeshift stage at the front of the Guildhall to challenge the cuts.
Yvonne Anson, a care officer and Unison member, said: "It was like a pantomime inside there. The councillors talk about the past, not what's happening now. They don't let each other speak."
The protest is being led by trades unions and is dominated by members of Unison and GMB.
Police closed a section of Lowgate because of safety concerns due to the size of the crowd.
Adrian Kennett, branch secretary of Unison, told the demonstrators: "They are going to start closing down and privatising everything we hold dear.
"We are all in it together, not the one per cent sitting in the House of Commons.
"We are in this for the long haul but we're not going to give up so fight the cuts."
Three Labour members – Gary Wareing, Dean Kirk and Gill Kennett – were among councillors who voted against the plan today.
Earlier, an alternative budget proposal put forward by the Liberal Democrats, would have included a freeze in council tax, was defeated by 43 votes to 13.