With the shenanigans in Parliament this week taking up most of the headlines, the People’s Vote March which took place in London on Saturday has been treated mostly as a side-story. But hundreds of thousands of people, some estimates say a million, filled the streets from Park Lane to Parliament Square to demand a final say on any deal reached. And York Labour members, along with our official banner, marched along with them.
Member Averil Rushton told us: “Despite some problems with the buses which split the York coach party, many York Labour party members joined other groups from York together with Lancashire friends to make a Yorkshire and Lancashire block. Not everyone got as far as Parliament Square, as the march had backed up because numbers were so huge. The crowds erupted as news spread that the Letwin amendment had succeeded. Our beautiful Labour Party banner was much admired.”
Those who attended were treated to speeches by some of Labour’s leading figures including Sadiq Khan, Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Diane Abbott. Ahead of the march, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who also spoke, said “I’m proud to stand with hundreds of thousands of people in demanding that they, not wealthy, privileged and out-of-touch hard-right Tory MPs, have the final say on what is an even worse deal than Theresa May’s. Our policy is clear: Let the people decide.”