As Tony Blair resigned on Thursday anti-war campaigners joined a symbolic protest outside Downing Street in London in memory of the thousands who have died as a result of his war policies.
Chris Nineham of the Stop the War Coalition said, “Tony Blair has resigned early because of Iraq and the anti-war movement.
“The election of the next Labour leader gives the anti-war movement a big opportunity over the next two months. There will be a series of husting meetings up and down the country at which Gordon Brown, who looks certain to be the new Labour leader, will expound the policies for the next government.
“We need to make sure there are protests at every meeting. There is also going to be a special Labour Party conference in June just before Gordon Brown becomes leader.
“We are calling on the anti-war movement to mobilise for a massive protest at that conference.
“This will make sure that there is the maximum pressure for a change of policy, a break with Washington and troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan when Brown takes over.”
There was also a protest outside the Labour Club in Trimdon in Sedgefield where Blair announced his resignation.