By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Friday 1st July 2016
LABOUR “traitors” who backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Jeremy Corbyn are no longer welcome at the Durham Miners’ Gala.
“He is a major speaker. He is our guest and I would imagine they shouldn’t need a letter not to turn up.
“I think the situation is deplorable. The traitors who are behind this are as bad as the ones in 1931, when Ramsay McDonald betrayed the Labour Party.
“It is an absolute insult to working people and members of this party.”
Daily The Independent quotes Dave Hopper:
“The membership have some say in the party since we have got rid of (Tony) Blair and his cronies and now they want to take back control of the party and make us jump and dance to their tune. It is an absolute insult to working people and members of this party.” …
An estimated 150,000 attended the 2015 gala, which celebrates the area’s mining heritage and trade union links. [It] was established in 1871.
The Peter Lazenby article continues:
The Durham Miners’ Gala, which celebrates the areas mining and trade union heritage, will be held on Saturday July 9.
Leeds Trades Union Council (TUC) met on Wednesday night and accused MPs of trying “to undermine the unassailable mandate given to Jeremy Corbyn by members and supporters of the Labour Party, in the leadership election nine months ago.”
A carried motion stated Leeds TUC is “alarmed and disgusted” by the attempt to force Mr Corbyn to resign and “fully supports” his determination not to stand down.
In Manchester, the Momentum group and Manchester Trade Union Council called on Labour MPs to “to respect party democracy and unite behind Jeremy Corbyn at this urgent time.”
Manchester Momentum is rallying in Piccadilly Gardens at from 6pm today in support of Mr Corbyn.
The Morning Star is looking for people to hand out papers at the Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday July 9 from 8.30am-1pm. If you can help hand out papers, you can pick them up from the entrance to the County Hotel, Old Elvet, Durham, or from the Morning Star stall, Riverside 1 at the Racecourse Ground. To confirm attendance, and for further information, please phone Martin at 07799 040-570 or Margaret at 07881 794-028, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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