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Masks, banners and songs as Corbyn activists stage park protest

Labour members in show of support for suspended Islington MP – without breaking lockdown rules

27 November, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Some of Mr Corbyn’s supporters at a solidarity event in Finsbury Park on Sunday afternoon

A HASTILY assembled group of Labour activists met in Finsbury Park for a show of support for Jeremy Corbyn.

The “solidarity stroll” on Sunday afternoon was more of a covert affair as party members were wary of breaking lockdown rules and being punished by Labour HQ which has issued a diktat forbidding members from discussing Mr Corbyn’s suspension.

The group, which had home-made banners and sang Mr Corbyn’s name, was made up of Labour members from the Finchley and Golders Green, Holborn and St Pancras, Islington North and Hackney North constituencies.

Hackney North member Dawn Manners, who helped organise the show of support, said: “If someone’s coming after Jeremy Corbyn, we will act up.

“We did this with virtually no notice. We kept it to personal networks – no social media – in order to keep numbers reasonable and to keep each other safe given the restrictions.

“If you can get so many people out in winter with three days’ notice, using no formal channels or social media, then watch out for next time.”

Islington North member Peter Thomas said: “I have known Jeremy for a long time and I know he is an anti-racist to his core.

“We came out to show we are not going to be silenced on this issue and we will always support Jeremy.”

Yesterday (Thursday) it was claimed that Mr Corbyn’s legal options included filing a “pre app disclosure” application which could force the party to release internal documents about his case.

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