Jeremy Corbyn  condemns anti-Semitism at May Day rally

Thousands gathered in central London to celebrate workers’ achievements at a May Day rally where Jeremy Corbyn condemned anti-Semitism.

The Labour leader joined the crowds at Clerkenwell Green in the capital to mark the international day honouring workers.

Corbyn addressed workers from the top of a red London bus and said the Labour movement stood “united”.

“We stand in solidarity now against the growth of the Far Right in Europe.”

His appearance marked the first one by a Labour leader at a May Day rally in 50 years.

The rally celebrates “what was won by workers’ campaigning over many years”, including the NHS, education, pensions and affordable housing, which organisers claimed were under attack by austerity.

With placards brandishing slogans such as “Cameron must go”, the rally marched to Trafalgar Square where more speakers addressed hundreds of workers.

A brass band played as the rally marched through the streets of London, along the Strand, to Trafalgar Square.

Workers held placards representing dozens of unions. Many held banners and placards calling for Prime Minister David Cameron to resign.

There was a large contingent calling for international solidarity on human rights and trade union rights. Several others held placards in support of junior doctors.

At one point the rally was stalled as it passed along the Strand where a group from Unite set off red smoke flares.

Junior doctor Yannis Gourtsoyannis told the May Day rally at Trafalgar Square that the NHS would be the site of the last stand against austerity. 

He pleaded with the rally to not let the NHS fail and to defend the BMA. “We need you and you need us,” he said.


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