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Protests planned as Gordon Brown announces Labour leadership results in Manchester

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Manchester protest at last September’s Labour conference (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Manchester protest at last September’s Labour conference (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The results of the Labour leadership contest will be announced on 24 June at a special conference in Manchester.

The last time Labour met in Manchester, at its party conference last September, there was a 50,000 strong Stop the War demonstration.

Mark Krantz is the joint secretary of Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition steering committee. Mark told Socialist Worker that activists across the city are already planning to protest at the leadership conference.

He said, “The protest on 24 June will be important for everyone who wants an end to the warmongering we have seen under Tony Blair.

“All the signs are that this will be Gordon Brown’s coronation. And the anti-war movement will be there, from the beginning, shaking the blood-soaked crown from his head.

“The Time To Go demonstration at the Labour conference last September was the biggest protest in the city in living memory. Since then, Stop the War has grown in strength and diversity.

“We have a steering committee of 60 delegates, including representatives from trade union branches, peace groups, student union executive members, Muslim groups and members of the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party, Respect and the Greens.

“The focus in the Stop the War movement is now on Brown.

“Many will come to the protest because they want change. Brown says he wants to make a mark in his first 100 days in office – the best way to do that would be to withdraw the troops. But Brown has been a supporter of this war all along, so he won’t do this unless we force him to.”

Geoff Brown, the secretary of the Manchester trades council, added, “We should welcome this opportunity to express the views of trade unionists. We are not prepared to let Brown carry on with the policies that Blair has inflicted on us for ten years.

“There is a lot of anger at Gordon Brown’s 2 percent pay limit in the public sector. Civil service workers are facing vicious job cuts from Brown.

“We’ve also had strikes in the city by health workers who successfully fought cuts and redundancies. This will be a chance for them to demand a better future for the NHS.

“We want to make sure that Brown gets the message that we are not going to put up with any more of this.”

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Tue 15 May 2007, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2051
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