Around 5,000 protestors braved the Manchester rain on Sunday to join the Stop the War demonstration outside the Labour Party special conference that anointed Gordon Brown as the new party leader.
A lively group of school students joined a group of military families at the front of the march. Trade unions branches and Stop the War groups from around Britain brought delegations and banners to the protest.
Representatives from the Stop the War Coalition and Military Families Against the War handed in a petition signed by thousands from across Britain, calling on Gordon Brown to get the troops out of Iraq and to oppose any attack on Iran.
Eddie Hancock, whose son was killed in Iraq, told the rally in Manchester’s Albert Square, “Gordon Brown should know that as he congratulates himself, his fawning cronies do not dictate his future – we do.
“Our young soldiers have been illegally used and politically abused,” he added.
Lindsey German, the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, said, “We will march in any weather until the troops are home. Tony Blair is going this week. But he shouldn’t be sitting in luxury houses and going on the lecture circuit in the US.
“He should be facing a war crimes tribunal. Gordon Brown should stop these policies, withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and not attack Iran. This is an impressive demonstration. We are saying to Gordon Brown that if you don’t change policies your legacy will be the same as Tony Blair.”
Join the Military Families protest outside 10 Downing Street to wave goodbye to Tony Blair.
Wednesday 27 June from 10am, Whitehall