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We were in good heart on the people’s vote march

01 November, 2018

• I AM sorry the New Journal missed the Holborn & St Pancras delegation on the historic people’s vote march, (People’s Vote demo: Labour councillors miss biggest ever Brexit march, October 25).

We were around 50 strong and in very good heart. We carried our Labour Party banner ahead of us, marching down Park Lane and on to Parliament Square.

There was hardly room for us in the square, which was jam packed with people. They had come from as far away as northern Scotland, travelling for two days to be there. Others were from Labour’s northern heartlands, some of which voted to leave but are now having second thoughts.

There were Labour and trade union banners as well as contingents from a host of other parties and community groups. Above all there were ordinary members of the public, all of whom were convinced that leaving the EU would be a ghastly mistake.

We heard excellent speeches from Chuka Umunna, the MP for Streatham who has played such a pivotal role in fighting the scourge of Brexit.

Our London mayor, Sadiq Khan, spoke with passion about the damage that would be inflicted on the city. His call for the government to put any deal to a people’s vote received lengthy applause, as you reported.

As for Labour’s Camden councillors: I am sorry they could not participate. I am sure many would have loved to have been with us, if only they could.

They were looking ahead to the council budget, planning how to minimise the pain the Tory cuts will inflict on the lives of us all. Protecting the poorest and most vulnerable, while keeping Camden the wonderful borough that it is, must come first.

Our councillors would have been very welcome on the giant march, but adding a couple of dozen supporters to the 700,000 strong protest would hardly have made much difference.

MARTIN PLAUT
NW5

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