Jeremy Corbyn is a long-time critic of Trump.
Jeremy Corbyn will speak at a mass demonstration against Donald Trump on Tuesday.
The long-time critic of the U.S. president will join potentially hundreds of thousands of protesters in central London. The campaign group Stop Trump, which is organising the demonstration, said that during last year’s Trump visit to the U.K., 250,000 people marched in London and another 150,000 joined protests around the U.K.
A Labour Party official said Corbyn “will attend and speak at the demonstration tomorrow against President Donald Trump’s state visit.”
Corbyn, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow all refused to attend Monday evening’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace. In attendance will be Prime Minister Theresa May (and husband Philip) as well as several senior members of her Cabinet.
In April, Corbyn said of the visit:
“Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a President who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric.”
A state visit is one in which the queen, on the advice of the U.K. government, issues the invitation.
“Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a State Visit. It is disappointing that the Prime Minister has again opted to kowtow to this U.S. administration.”