Union leaders demand marches to force General Election despite Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to support one

Union leaders demand marches to force General Election despite Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to support one

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UNION leaders are demanding a General Election even though Jeremy Corbyn has refused to support one.

The Lefty trade union bosses have assembled at the TUC conference in Brighton, promising to ramp up the pressure with “a massive national demonstration”.

Jeremy Corbyn leaves his London home this morning, hours before Parliament is suspended
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Corbyn opposed the chance to vote for a snap election last week, saying the possibility of a No Deal Brexit had not yet been stopped.

And he is expected to refuse for a second time today.

Boris Johnson has given MPs another chance to vote on holding a general election tonight, before making a final decision to suspend Parliament.

To call a general election early using the Fixed-Term Parliament Act (FTPA), two-thirds of MPs would have to agree.

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS union told the conference: “Let the cry go out.

“We have no confidence in this rotten government and we want a general election on our terms now.

“We will mobilise to campaign for one and this should include organising a massive national demonstration.”

FIGHT BORIS’ BREXIT ARMY

Fran Heathcote, president of the PCS union, added: “We will call on the TUC to organise a demonstration to demand a general election if one isn’t forthcoming.

“We want an election as soon as possible and we will oppose a national unity government, the main purpose of which would be to prevent a Corbyn- led government.”

Other leaders joined in the calls for a protest in favour of an election.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, which represents post office workers, said: “I want us trade unionists to be in towns and cities, where Boris Johnson is going to try to create his new army over one issue – Brexit.

“I want trade unionists going out on the streets to tell him we have a different agenda. We’ve got to defeat Boris Johnson at that election.”

But Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the TUC urged Labour MPs to “hold their nerve” and not have an election until after October 31.

She said: “My advice to MPs is this: when you’ve got your opponent on the ropes – don’t let them off.

“Hold your nerve until October 31 and call Boris Johnson’s bluff.

“So once we have that extension locked down, then let’s have a general election on our terms – not his.”


A spokesman for Number 10 confirmed the Commons will be prorogued until October 14 after the close of business this evening.

It comes after the Prime Minister today said No Deal would be a “failure of statecraft” after the Irish PM told him a Brexit deal IS possible.

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, during a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton
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Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, pretends to pull back a mock up of a hospital falling over on the sea front in Brighton during day one of the 2019 TUC Congress
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Boris Johnson looks on during a meeting with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for crunch Brexit talks
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