Protesters lead by Labour Party activist, Owen Jones, gathered outside Number 10 yesterday afternoon calling for Theresa May to step down as Prime Minister.
The protest came after May’s Conservative Party struck a ‘supply and confidence’ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party allowing them to form a government despite the loss of a Tory majority. The crowds gathered just days after the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.
Addressing the crowd Jones declared: ‘bigotry has dominated Britain for so long. How dare Theresa May try to prop up her humiliated, disgraced government with a bunch of bigots, homophobes, anti-choice, climate change denying, extremist.’
‘We don’t ask for much’ declared Jones in the scorching heat, adding, that the UK is ‘one of the wealthiest countries that has ever existed on the face of the earth. We can build houses that are comfortable and affordable and safe. That is a basic right and a basic need.’ Jones punctuated is speech by stating: ‘this social order is bankrupt and it must end and it will end.’ The event would see #MayMustGo trend on Twitter as the crowd, in their hundreds, interrupted speakers at the event with chants of ‘May must go’ and the singing of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ to the tune of Seven Nation Army. The song has become popular with Jeremy Corbyn supports since he addressed a concert crowd in Tranmere.
Actor, Jolyon Rubinstein, also speaking at the event, took the opportunity to take a swipe at the ‘Tory press.’ He told the crowd the power of the tabloid press influence had diminished: ‘Young people showed in their droves that they do not listen to the barons of press, tax avoiding, motherf*****s, who have nothing to do with us.
The crowd held up anti-Tory placards as well as anti-DUP and pro-choice banners. The Communist Hammer & Sickle flag was also raised high above the crowd.Speakers at the protest included, Labour MP; Angela Rayner and drag queen Amrou Al-Kadhi who performed a defamatory parody of Purple Rain by Prince.
Also speaking at the rally were representatives from activist groups; Unite Against Fascism, The Muslim Council of Britain and Momentum.
Police officers, including mounted police officers, overseeing the crowd gathered across the road from Downing Street. The event ended peacefully.