Jess Hurd

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Evicted – Jungle Homes

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As the riot police marched through the refugee camp with guns, tear gas and batons, the eviction of the Calais Jungle began. Before fires started breaking out and smoke engulfed the camp I documented how people had left their homes and belongings as they quickly left. One man, still so proud despite everything washed his pots and pans before he left.

Calais Jungle Eviction

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The Privileged Few

Stephen, homeless and waiting for food from a charity, was moved on by police early in the morning for a Conservative Party walkabout, Birmingham.  © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Stephen, homeless and waiting for food from a charity, was moved on by police early in the morning for a Conservative Party walkabout, Birmingham.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Happy 77th Birthday Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson on his 77th Birthday, Haldane Society fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference, on The State and Political Policing.  © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Ricky Tomlinson on his 77th Birthday, Haldane Society fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference, on The State and Political Policing.
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Read The Justice Gap article here by Nick Bano.

Save Passing Clouds

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Jungle Camp Tear Gas

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Jungle Fires

Smoke from fires illuminates the Eritrean Church after a tear gas battle with police in the Jungle refugee camp, Calais, France. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Smoke from fires illuminates the Eritrean Church after a tear gas battle with police in the Jungle refugee camp, Calais, France.
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Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483
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Black Lives Matter

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Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016

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Photographs commissioned by Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox MP.

All photographs: © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

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Pride in London 2016

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Soho Orlando Vigil – Love Will Win

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East End Street Party – Queen’s 90th Birthday

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Iceland RoadTrip

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Broadstairs Dead Dogfish

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End Tax Dodging

Protest against the G8 Summit, Fermanagh. Northern Ireland. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

One from the archive – IF Enough food for everyone G8 Heads of leaders longship, End tax dodging flotilla. Protest against the G8 Summit, Fermanagh. Northern Ireland. June 2013 © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gathering Clouds

Storm clouds gather over Canary Wharf, London Docklands and Poplar. East London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Storm clouds gather over Canary Wharf, London Docklands and Poplar. East London.
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£35,000 Migrant Money Burning

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This morning, activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants burned £ 35k of fake bank notes printed with the face of home secretary Theresa May in protest over a new law coming into force today that will force thousands of non-EU migrants, who earn less than £35k a year, to leave the UK. The activists dressed in black clothes and pink veils ceremonially burned the money as part of what they called a “symbolic exorcism of the Home Office’s fixation on money and disregard for the suffering it inflicts on ordinary people”. 

The new law means that people from outside the EU who are in the UK on a work visa and have been in the country for more than six years will be deported. The Home Office estimates this will cost taxpayers between £181 million and £575 million. The law has been criticised by both Labour and the Liberal Democrats and the NUT have condemned the law for hitting many of their members worsening the recruitment crisis in schools. Only last month Teresa May was heavily criticised for having illegally deporting up to 50,000 students.

The average salary in the UK has been estimated at £25,600 by the Office of National Statistics. But if you exclude the top 10 % of earners, the average is about £12,800. In contrast, Theresa May takes home more than £145k a year. 

Sam Bjorn from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants said: “With this new law, the Home Office clearly shows that they value money over ordinary people. We’re outraged that people who’ve been running essential services will face deportation.”

Alex Williams from Lesbians and Gays Support the migrants said: “The government is creating a divided society where something as essential as the freedom of movement and the right to work is dictated by the size of your paycheque. We have come a long way in terms on stopping discrimination against people based on sexuality – why should we now discriminate based on how much money people take home each month?”

#RefugeesWelcome

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“Refugees welcome” has been projected in giant letters across the iconic white cliffs of Dover, just before an alliance of racist far-right groups are due to hold anti-migration protests in the town of Dover. The projection was undertaken as a collaboration between campaign organisation Global Justice Now and guerrilla projectionists Feral X.

© Jess Hurd/Global Justice Now

Shot on commission for Global Justice Now – contact the press office for pictures.

Media Coverage:

Indy100 / Mashable.com / Mirror’s online / Daily Mail online / Express online / Sun online / BBC online / Independent / RT / Dover Express / Morning Star  & CoverThe Metro / Today USA

 

Right To Buy

Right to Buy government advert encouraging council tenants to buy their homes on a telephone box. Sapphire Tower, due for demolition. Aston, Birmingham. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Right to Buy government advert encouraging council tenants to buy their homes on a telephone box. Sapphire Tower, due for demolition. Aston, Birmingham.
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Surround Yarl’s Wood

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River Ouse Flooding

River Ouse flooding a wooded area in Bedford. Bedfordshire. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

River Ouse flooding a wooded area in Bedford. Bedfordshire.
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Man & Macaw

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Welcome to the Future

Female London Underground hologram gives commuters safety instructions for the escalator. She also has coffee thrown over her. Jubillee Line. London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Female London Underground hologram gives commuters safety instructions for the escalator. She also has coffee thrown over her. Jubillee Line. London.
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Mother’s Day – Giving Birth in the Calais Jungle

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We spoke to Amir living with his wife Maryam and their three-month-old child Rosie, nicknamed ‘The Jungle Baby’, in a tiny caravan donated by a UK aid charity, on the southern side of the refugee camp in Calais known at the Jungle, the side due for eviction.

They had been in the camp seven months. They had fled Iran and tried to reach the UK, but after Amir suffered illnesses that led to time in hospital and Maryam becoming heavily pregnant they became stranded.

Amir was Muslim and Maryam a Christian. When asked what religion Rosie would be, Amir gestured up and down with his hand, cutting Rosie down the middle from head to toe, “She will be half and half,” he laughed.

When Rosie was born at the local hospital, Amir claimed the French authorities forced him to register for asylum in France, saying if he did not they would take his baby away and give her to another family.

“They said they would not let me take my baby back to the Jungle,” Amir said.

Amir claimed the authorities said his family would be helped and given a small room if he registered. Amir said the room was tiny, far too small for the three of them, but at least it was not the Jungle.

“We finished the asylum process, did the finger prints, then the government told us to go back and live in the Jungle,” Amir said.

Rosie was also hospitalised for 40 days, suffering Whooping Cough and had only recently recovered. Amir said without the help of the English volunteers in the camp, Rosie would have surely died.

We asked Maryam what they needed and she replied, “warm clothes for Rosie”.

With the eviction looming Amir said was unsure what they would do.

“As refugees where are we supposed to go?” he asked.

© Jason N. Parkinson / © Jess Hurd

Sunday Herald article on the eviction; “The Battle of Calais”

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