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Jeremy Corbyn keynote speaker at event to mark 40 years of anti-racism in North London

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2017 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Union Council

Media Release 23rd April

Contact Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett 07803 167266

Jeremy Corbyn keynote speaker at event to mark 40 years of anti-racism in North London

Haringey TUC the local North London organisation of the TUC has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the keynote speaker at a major Haringey Diversity Festival held at Ducketts Common, Turnpike Lane, North London on Sunday.

The event was free, unticketed and open to all.

Mr Corbyn spoke to a crowd of local people, numbering two thousand at peak, along with Bibi Khan Secretary of the local Wightman Rd Mosque, Martha Osamor, a Haringey Councillor 40 years ago, Matt Wrack leader of the Fire Brigades Union and Ian Hodson of the Bakers Union amongst others.

The event was held 40 years to the day after a National Front march assembled at the same place, on 23rd April 1977, and attempted to march through shoppers in the busy Wood Green High St. The 1500  NF supporters met mass opposition and the far right have never returned to the Borough.

The co-ordinator of the protest on the day was current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He was a local Councillor in 1977.

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, Jeremy Corbyn got a great reception and some will say he was in ‘comfort zone’. The reality was however that it wasn’t comfortable to stand up to fascists 40 years ago and with an Election campaign underway it would have been easy for the Labour leader to put his roots to one side. He brought the same message he had 4 decades ago but one that is still entirely relevant for today. Communities across the UK must stand united against fear, division and racism.

Notes

The 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Wood Green’ was backed by Unite the Union, the South and East Region TUC, Haringey TUC Haringey UNISON, Haringey & Islington GMB, local Labour Parties and Stand Up to Racism

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One Response to “Jeremy Corbyn keynote speaker at event to mark 40 years of anti-racism in North London”

  1. Wish I could have been there today. My old man is from Tottenham and was father of the chapel at his firm for SLADE. Jeremy Corbyn is a real star in our view.

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