By Jane Holland:
A ‘Stop the Coup’ rally was held in Bodmin on Saturday 31st August, protesting against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in advance of the UK leaving the EU. The rally was organised by Bodmin Labour Party, but other parties were invited to join the protest, including the Greens, Lib Dems and Cornwall’s own Mebyon Kernow.
Joy Bassett, Secretary of the Cornwall Labour Party, addressed the large crowd through a megaphone, suggesting at one stage that Boris Johnson’s actions seemed like those of a dictator – which brought a great cheer. Danny Chambers, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats, then led the crowd in chanting ‘Defend Our Democracy!’
Members of Bude Labour Branch then carried the Declaration to the surgery office of local Conservative MP Scott Mann, and attached it formally to his door, as a local representative of the Government, before the crowd finally dispersed.
Labour Party organisers afterwards dubbed the event ‘a great success,’ adding: ‘this will have sent a clear message to Boris Johnson to respect democracy.’