Trump visit: Jeremy Corbyn to join mass protests in London – The Guardian

Trump visit: Jeremy Corbyn to join mass protests in London - The Guardian

Corbyn to join anti-Trump protesters after snubbing state banquet

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who refused to attend a state banquet on Monday evening for the president, said he will join crowds to stand in solidarity with those hes attacked in America, around the world and in our own country.

Read more A huge police and security operation was under way on Tuesday morning, with protesters barred from demonstrating directly outside Downing Street and road closures in place.

This is a man who has been on more protests than hes had hot dinners (although admittedly its not many hot dinners if you remember his first wife complaining he ate cold baked beans from the tin).

Organisers of the Together Against Trump protest have billed the day a carnival of resistance, with demonstrators gathering at Trafalgar Square from 11am to declare a Trump-free zone.

The Labour leader boycotted last nights state banquet but will instead join a protest in central London hoping that his megaphone politics can be heard over the walls of Downing Street.

The giant, orange inflatable baby Trump blimp will take to the skies again after its owners reached their fundraising target and permission was granted by the Greater London Authority.

Of course, as the leader of the opposition Corbyn was entitled to request a meeting with Trump and raise his concerns directly. Instead he has chosen to stand outside shouting.

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Organisers plan to fly the 20ft blimp depicting a nappy-clad president clutching a mobile phone for two hours from 10am over Trafalgar Square. A 16ft talking robot of Trump sitting on a gold toilet was also expected to make an appearance.

It perhaps shouldnt come as a surprise that Jeremy Corbyn is more comfortable outside on a protest than inside the pomp of Donald Trumps state visit.

The protesters will include Handmaids Against Trump – women who will be draped in red with white hoods in homage to Margaret Atwoods dystopian novel about a crackdown on reproductive rights.

Labours Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry confirmed their attendance, while the Liberal Democrats and Green party are appealing to members of the public to join them.

In the letter, first reported by the Times, they wrote: Working in politics isnt easy, and many of us choose to give up our personal lives for Labour because we believe it is the best force for good in our country. What makes the job even more challenging than it should be is having to work in an environment where sexual harassment and bullying are not taken seriously.

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The TUC general secretary, Frances OGrady, and Mark Serwotka, head of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), will also speak at the rally.

David Prescott, the son of the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, was suspended from his position in Corbyns office in 2017 after allegations were made against him by a Labour MP, but he retained his party membership. Concerns were also raised about alleged behaviour towards two students, as reported by the Sunday Times at the time.

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Read more Demonstrators will not be permitted to march past Downing Street as part of Whitehall will be closed off, the Metropolitan police confirmed. Organisers had initially planned to demonstrate outside the entrance to Downing Street as Trump held talks at No 10.

We should, and can, lead the way in challenging and eradicating sexual harassment and bullying in work environments. The decision to write this letter does not come easily, but believing in a political party sometimes means having to ask uncomfortable questions.

Crowds will stop at the north end of Whitehall with a clear view of the access to Downing Street, and proceed to Parliament Square by an alternative route. The Met said a barrier plan will be in place across part of Whitehall just north of the Womens War Memorial.

We do not comment on individual staffing matters. As an employer, the Labour party takes disciplinary and grievance matters extremely seriously and follows protocol as directed by the Acas [conciliation service] code of practice.

Scotland Yard said: Protesters will not be marching past Downing Street at any point. This is a multi-faceted security operation, and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to peaceful protest, this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan.

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About 250,000 anti-Trump activists gathered when he flew into the UK on 13 July last year for his first visit as US president.

The Labour Leader tweeted earlier on Monday to say: "Tomorrow's protest against Donald Trump's state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he's attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, @SadiqKhan."

Elsewhere across the UK, protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.

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Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Corbyn to join anti-Trump protesters after snubbing state banquet Thousands of officers will be deployed in London as people protest the state visit, which will be addressed by the Labour leader. By Mark White, home affairs correspondent  

Mr Corbyn had was invited to attend a State Banquet, held in honour of the President's visit on Monday evening, but the Labour leader declined to attend.

image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will join thousands of anti-Trump protesters on the streets of central London today, as Scotland Yards Commissioner warns her officers will take firm action against any protesters who break the law.

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Jeremy Corbyn to address anti-Trump demonstration

Mr Corbyn, who snubbed last nights state dinner at Buckingham Palace, said he wanted to show solidarity with demonstrators and planned to address the protest.

A huge police and security operation is in place for the US Presidents three-day trip and severe restrictions have been placed on areas where Mr Trump will visit, preventing the public from getting too close.

Last year, almost 10,000 officers were deployed for Mr Trumps trip to the UK, with nearly every force in the country providing staff to support the operation.

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This years state visit is even bigger, as the Metropolitan Police said it had “a very experienced command team” leading the operation.

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Wherever the US President goes, there is always a well-rehearsed security plan and US secret service agents have been mingling with their British policing colleagues and members of the public.

Protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter – a day after Amnesty International unfurled five banners on Vauxhall Bridge in view of the US embassy.

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But Skys policing analyst Graham Wettone said the addition of large numbers of protesters makes events much more unpredictable.

“The difficulty is, youve got a huge a security operation, but you dont really know what the protesters and demonstrators are going to do. If they decide to do something that isnt either known about or authorities are aware of, that makes it really complex for the police to respond and react to that,” he said.

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Protesters are again hoping to fly the Donald Trump blimp, which depicts the American leader as a giant yellow baby.

Supporters of Human Rights charity Amnesty will also unfurl five giant banners from Vauxhall Bridge, facing the US embassy, saying “Resist sexism”, “Resist racism”, “Resist hate”, “Resist cruelty” and “Resist Trump”.

In Finsbury Park, north London, organisers of todays No To Trump rally said that many people had expressed interest in attending.

Organiser Terina Hine said: “He has torn up the Iran nuclear deal, an international trade treaty, hes threatened war with Iran, hes a threat to world peace, the list is endless.

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“The government is currently rolling out the red carpet to Donald Trump and we think that as a racist, misogynist, warmonger, that this should not be the case.

“I think the vast majority of people in the UK dont support Donald Trumps politics. We had thousands of people out there on the streets of London the last time he visited, so hopefully there will be even more on the streets this time round.”

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A look at the day of pomp and ceremony for President Trump Ed Epstein, a tourist from Seattle, joined several thousand outside Buckingham as the President arrived on Monday.

“He represents the United States of America. And while I may be dismayed at what he says sometimes and I wish he would stay on script, I still support many of the things that hes doing.”

Scotland Yard said officers met organisers of the Together Against Trump protest, who plan to gather in Trafalgar Square this morning.

The force will agree a route with the demonstrators, allowing them part way down Whitehall, but they will be kept well back from the gates to Downing Street when the Presidents motorcade arrives there.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the force would be “firm” with protesters who break the law.

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She said: “We take our role really seriously, on the one hand to keep safe the visiting head of state and their entourage and everybody connected with it, and of course our own royal family, and on the other hand in a liberal democracy like ours to ensure that if people wish to protest lawfully they can do so without crime, and do so safely.

“We will be pretty firm if protesters are intending to try to protest in a way which is unlawful, and very, very firm if anybody wants to do anything which might in any way endanger security.”

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