Poverty campaigners barred from summit

A second anti-poverty group has been barred from attending today’s G20 summit after having its accreditation suddenly withdrawn, it was revealed today.

War on Want and the World Development Movement (WDM) had both been given approval to attend the event in London’s Docklands.

The WDM said last night that its accreditation had been withdrawn, and War on Want revealed today it had similarly been prevented from sending a representative.

The two groups were part of the huge alliance which organised a peaceful demonstration in central London last weekend.

Benedict Southworth, director of the World Development Movement, said: “The last-minute banning of two anti-poverty campaigning groups that traditionally take a strong line against the Government’s free trade agenda is outrageous.

“If it was one organisation, it could be dismissed as an administrative cock-up, but the banning of two starts to reek of deliberate exclusion of critical voices. We are absolutely livid.”

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