We want the Labour Party conference, taking place in Manchester next month, to have at its heart the question of the war.
The war will not be put on the agenda by Tony Blair and his acolytes, but we expect it to be the main issue concerning delegates and concerning those outside the conference hall on the streets of Manchester.
Our protest will be the biggest demonstration that Manchester has seen in very many years – and it will be another great show of strength by the anti-war movement.
We have already received a great deal of support from the trade unions. A number of national unions have asked to put their logos on the leaflet we are now printing.
They have asked their members to mobilise and book transport.
The London region of the Unison union has already booked two carriages on a train to take people to Manchester.
We think there will be a big trade union turnout.
We also expect a big turnout from the Muslim community, where there is a great deal of anger over Lebanon, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan. And we expect large numbers of other protesters – from students through to pensioners – who want to show their anger at Blair’s policies.
The only thing that has given Blair even a few days respite from the anger was the scare surrounding the terror arrests. But there is already a very big demand for a recall of parliament from MPs from most parties and trade unions.
He is more unpopular over Lebanon among his own cabinet and MPs than he was even over the war on Iraq.
We believe this will be his last Labour Party conference as prime minister, and we want to do everything possible to hasten his departure.
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