Cam­paign­ers are out for Boris


Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

A GROUP of Labour sup­port­ers backed by left-wing ac­tivists Mo­men­tum held a sec­ond “Unseat Boris” rally in Uxbridge.

The first Unseat Boris rally, fronted by jour­nal­ist Owen Jones and sup­ported by sev­eral Labour MPs in­clud­ing Keir Starmer, Emily Thorn­berry and Rupa Huq, was held on July 23, just over a month af­ter the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

The cam­paign re­turned to Uxbridge on Sun­day with the aim of en­gag­ing lo­cal peo­ple in grass roots cam­paign­ing.

The Unseat cam­paign by Mo­men­tum tar­gets what they de­scribe as “many se­nior Tories with tiny ma­jori­ties” by hold­ing ral­lies and cam­paign train­ing in their con­stituen­cies.

The tar­gets in­clude Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP Boris John­son, Jus­tine Green­ing in Put­ney, Am­ber Rudd in Hast­ings and Iain Dun­can Smith in Ching­ford and Wood­ford Green.

At the Gen­eral Elec­tion in June, the For­eign Sec­re­tary’s ma­jor­ity halved from al­most 10,700 votes to 5,034, while Labour can­di­date Vin­cent Lo made gains.

Cam­paign­ers met at Hilling­don Civic Cen­tre, in High Street, where Mo­men­tum de­liv­ered cam­paign­ing train­ing to lo­cal vol­un­teers, fol­lowed by speeches from Owen Jones and Labour MPs Clive Lewis and Rupa Huq.

The cam­paign­ers then vis­ited wards in Uxbridge, knock­ing on doors and speak­ing with peo­ple on the streets be­fore re­turn­ing to the Civic Cen­tre.

In a post on Face­book, Mo­men­tum said: “We don’t know when this in­creas­ingly pre­pos­ter­ous gov­ern­ment will fall, but we have to cam­paign now if we want to win.

“It will be a beau­ti­ful sight when John­son loses his seat – and it will mean Labour will be form­ing a gov­ern­ment.”

The of­fice of Boris John­son has been ap­proached for com­ment.

(Right) Owen Jones was joined by MPs Keir Starmer and Mar­sha de Cor­dova and hun­dreds of Labour sup­port­ers cam­paign­ing to Unseat Boris John­son (above) in July

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