The Merseyside pensioners association (MPA) has unanimously passed a resolution in support of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. They will be showing their support for the Labour leader this Saturday at 12pm outside BBC radio Merseyside, 55 Paradise Street L1 3D.
The MPA is a campaigning organisation which has recently been engaged in campaigns to support the Junior Doctors and the NHS.
The resolution passed by the MPA: The MPA notes the disarray and crisis in the Tory Party after the EU result and we condemn and oppose the attack on Corbyn by right wing MPs who, instead of preparing a campaign against the Tories, moved a vote of no confidence in the democratically elected Labour Leader.
We declare our own vote of no confidence in those involved in this treacherous action against the wishes of the thousands who voted for Corbyn, particularly the Merseyside Labour MPs, and call on them to resign and stand under their own right wing banner.
We welcome the declarations of support for Jeremy Corbyn by Mark Sewoka, Len McCluskey and MP Steve Rotheram.
We call for a general election so we can throw the Tories out and return a Corbyn-led Labour government committed to repealing the anti-trade union laws and rolling back austerity and taking back into public ownership the NHS and our utilities and carrying out a massive council house building programme. We believe such policies will crush Farage and his racist allies who flourish at times of shortage.
Below are some members of the MPA supporting Corbyn at yesterdays meeting.
As promised I publish today photographs of the London Pride March. The event was such a wonderful affirmation of LGBT rights and pride that I ended up taking hundreds of photographs so this will be the first of several blogs I will publish on Pride over the next few weeks.
I was pleased to march with the Peter Tatchell foundation. We marched in opposition to hate, Islamaphobia and homophobia.
Throughout the route the watching crowd gave us an incredible reception – the expressions on peoples faces say it all. They were delighted with our message: “LGBT & Muslim Solidarity. Unite against ALL hate,” “Defend LGBT Muslims against EDL & Islamists,” and “Fight both homophobia & anti-Muslim prejudice. Solidarity!”
Today I will be attending the London Pride March.
There will be lots to celebrate and photograph. I will publish photographs from today next week. Before then lets not forget that we still have to fight homophobia in the UK and abroad. Below I’m pleased to publish for the first time photographs I took of a historic and defining demonstration for gay equality organised by the direct action group ‘Outrage’. Hundreds turned out for the demonstration including Derek Jarman, Jimmy Somerville and Peter Tatchell.
Here is Peter’s account of what happened with reference to Derek Jarman’s involvement (Thanks to Joseph Burnett): ” With the formation of the queer rights direct action group OutRage! in 1990, Derek found an organisation that he could very strongly identify with. He used to come to our weekly meetings, which in those days were held in the old London Lesbian and Gay Centre in Cowcross Street. He’d never turn up with an entourage. He’d quietly slip into the meetings and make contributions. He was a regular irregular attendee [laughs], but he participated in some of our best-known protests, such as the march on parliament in February 1992, the demand of which was the repeal of all anti-gay laws. Together with myself, Jimmy Somerville and others, Derek was arrested after the police blocked our passage to the House of Commons. We sat down on the road and demanded our democratic right to go to parliament to make our voice heard. The police responded by piling us into buses and taking us to various police stations, where we spent the next few hours in the cells. Over thirty of us were arrested. Derek very defiantly refused to accept a caution and was eventually released, some hours later, without charge.”