50,000 protesters are expected to descend on Manchester for the Tory Party Conference
Two big protest marches are planned for the opening day on Sunday, as the Prime Minister and her Cabinet join 12,000 Tory Party delegates arriving for the four-day event.
Increased security measures are being taken following nasty scenes two years ago when Manchester also hosted the Tory Party Conference.
An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend a march on Sunday afternoon in the city centre, organised by the People’s Assembly, an amalgam of groups opposed to austerity, who also plan a series of protest events for each day of the conference.
At the same time across the city, another 20,000 are expected for an anti-Brexit march before both descend on St Peter’s Square.
Anti-Tory protesters from across the UK have been preparing to join Sunday’s march since mid-July, with coaches to Manchester being put on from dozens of towns and cities, from Yeovil to Aberystwyth.
Many have taken to social media to reveal they will attend as they voiced their anger.
Ollie Barron, said: “I’d be so p****d off if the tory conference came to my town. Very unwelcome.”
Marie-Kate Higgins, said: “They are either very brave, or very stupid, holding it in Manchester.”
Chris Palmer, added: “Want to wish everyone the very best of luck in protesting in what will be cold weather. Solidarity.”
Paula Barker, Unison’s North West convenor, invited people to protest the conference using the hashtag #TakeBackMcr.
She added: “Our valuable Public Services have been attacked for seven years – its time to demonstrate, it’s time to say no!”
City bosses welcome the profile and the £30million boost the conference brings to Manchester, while local police say they will balance the right of delegates to attend the conference and the right of protesters to free…