On Saturday 1 July, Green Party members from Southwark joined thousands of people from across the UK at a march on Parliament organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity to demand an end to Theresa May’s minority government.
Many of the protesters carried placards calling for justice for victims of Grenfell Tower, and a minute’s silence was held to remember them. Speakers at Westminster included the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Fire Brigades Union leader Matt Wrack and the Green Party’s Siân Berry, who chairs the London Assembly’s housing committee.
Siân spoke powerfully about the need for councils to listen to their tenants, noting that the “appalling attitude” displayed in the Grenfell disaster was a problem for Labour as well as the Tories. Name-checking the Aylesbury in Southwark, among other estates where council homes are being demolished, she told the crowd: “I want to hear some solid words from Jeremy Corbyn about the conduct of Labour councils.”