Jeremy Corbyn condemns anti-Semitism in address to thousands at the May Day...

Jeremy Corbyn condemns anti-Semitism in address to thousands at the May Day rally

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Thousands of people gathered in central London to celebrate workers’ achievements at a May Day rally where the UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned anti-Semitism.

Mr Corbyn joined the crowds at Clerkenwell Green in London to mark the international day honouring workers.

Corbyn addressed workers from the top of a red London bus and said the British Labour movement stood “united”.

“We stand in solidarity now against the growth of the Far Right in Europe.”
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC union, wished the crowd a happy May Day.

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The rally celebrates “what was won by workers campaigning over many years” – including the National Health Service, education, pensions and affordable housing, which organisers claimed were under attack by the austerity agenda.

With placards brandishing slogans such as “Cameron must go”, the rally marched to Trafalgar Square where more speakers addressed hundreds of workers.

The UK’s Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was expected to speak at Clerkenwell Green with Corbyn, but is attending another May Day rally in Glasgow.

A brass band played as the rally marched through the streets of London, along the Strand, to Trafalgar Square.

Workers held placards representing dozens of unions, including Unite and the RMT. Many held banners and placards calling for Prime Minister David Cameron to resign.

There was a large contingent calling for international solidarity on human rights and trade union rights. Several others held placards in support of junior doctors.

At one point, the rally was stalled as it passed along the Strand where a group from Unite set off red smoke flares.

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Junior doctor Yannis Gourtsoyannis told the May Day rally at Trafalgar Square that the NHS would be the site of the last stand against austerity.

“Social democracy in the UK began with the inception of the NHS in 1948,” Dr Gourtsoyannis said.

“So too will the NHS be the site of Britain’s last stand against the all-consuming forces for austerity and so too will the NHS be a catalyst for a wider workers’ movement to defend what is good about this country.”

He pleaded with the rally to not let the NHS fail.
“We need you and you need us,” he said.

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