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Thousands expected to attend London rally to demand general election | UK cost of living crisis

Thousands of people are expected to stage a protest in London on Saturday, demanding an immediate general election, as well as action to tackle the worsening cost of living crisis.

Unions and community organizations will take part in the protest, which will include a march around parliament, its organisers, the People’s Assembly campaign group, said.

“The government is in a deep crisis and the third Prime Minister in a few months has been chosen by a small elite. We want to make this protest as big as possible to force them into a general election and in solidarity with all striking workers,” said Ramona McCartney, the national organizer of the People’s Assembly.

“We want working class people to join us on this day to show how angry and determined we are, and to fight the new wave of austerity that the government is imposing on us.”

A rally will take place, with speakers including Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, whose members had planned to strike on Saturday in a dispute over wages, jobs and conditions – until until the action is suspended on Friday.

The People’s Assembly said protesters would demand an immediate general election, action against low wages and the repeal of “union-busting” jobs laws.

The Conservative party maintains that it has a mandate to form the government because of its majority in the House of Commons and has no legal obligation to call a general election before 2024.

But some have suggested two leadership changes since the 2019 general election – decided by the party alone, as well as internal debates over whether to continue honoring the manifesto on which the party was elected three years ago – mean that the mandate is seriously exceeded. and mined.

Former Labor MP Laura Pidcock, now National Secretary of the People’s Assembly, said: “This Conservative government is now totally irresponsible, but outrage is not enough.

“We must come together as a movement to organize in the streets and in our communities, and show that our voices will not be silenced and that we want fundamental changes in the way our country is run.

“We won’t get that from politicians. We will only achieve this through the strength of a united and vibrant movement of the working class coming together, building together and bringing about change together.

Anti-racism groups are also planning to join the march, demanding the removal of Suella Braverman as interior secretary. She has been heavily criticized recently for her rhetoric towards people who have tried to come and live in the UK from abroad and her handling of the crisis at the Manston asylum center in Kent.