Stop the War activists in Manchester and beyond are preparing to ensure that Gordon Brown can’t ignore the question of Iraq when he is officially declared leader at a Labour Party special conference on Sunday 24 June.
The Stop the War Coalition has called a national demonstration at the conference. Activists from all over Greater Manchester have been out campaigning in town centres across the area, collecting signatures for the Stop the War petition to Gordon Brown and publicising the protest.
Nahella Ashraf, chair of Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition, explained, “We marched in our millions, but still Tony Blair did not listen.
“Gordon Brown says that he is different – he says that he is prepared to listen. We hope he does. To make sure he hears us we will be marching on 24 June to tell him loud and clear – bring the troops home.”
Rose Gentle from Military Families Against the War said, “Military mums came to protest at the Labour Party conference in Manchester last year to say we wanted the troops home.
“Blair didn’t listen and things have got much worse in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are coming back to Manchester to see Brown on 24 June. He says he wants a conversation. Well, we want to talk to him.”
Demonstrate Sunday 24 June
Labour Leadership conference, Manchester
Assemble Albert Square, 12 noon