Peo­ple’s Vote march head­count less than half as high as claimed

The Sunday Telegraph - - Brexit Countdown - By Edward Mal­nick

THE “his­toric” march in favour of a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum was at­tended by just a third of the num­ber its or­gan­is­ers claimed, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial es­ti­mate.

A de­brief­ing doc­u­ment pre­pared by the Greater London Author­ity put the num­ber of at­ten­dees at Oc­to­ber’s Peo­ple’s Vote rally at 250,000 – sig­nif­i­cantly be­low the cam­paign group’s claim that it was joined by more than 700,000 peo­ple. Last night the group was ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to mis­lead politi­cians and vot­ers about its level of sup­port.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Con­ser­va­tive MP for Ber­wick-upon-Tweed, said: “Leav­ing the EU was an op­tion on the bal­lot pa­per that at­tracted more votes than any ref­er­en­dum or politi­cian in our his­tory.

“The Peo­ple’s Vote would do well to re­mem­ber this and should stop at­tempt­ing to dupe peo­ple about how many peo­ple sup­port it.”

How­ever, the Peo­ple’s Vote cam- paign in­sisted its es­ti­mates were “based on intelligence from both vol­un­teers and pro­fes­sional stew­ards”, and took ac­count of the num­bers that joined the march from the front, while it was in progress, which it sug­gested could have been dis­counted by other cal­cu­la­tions. The Peo­ple’s Vote web­site states: “On Oc­to­ber 20th, over 700,000 peo­ple marched from Park Lane to Par­lia­ment, de­mand­ing their fu­ture back.”

How­ever, fol­low­ing a re­quest un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, Scot­land Yard told The Sun­day Tele­graph: “The Greater London Author­ity has in­cluded an es­ti­mated at­ten­dance fig­ure of 250,000 in a de­brief doc­u­ment. Please note this is not a Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice es­ti­mate as we have not recorded an es­ti­mated at­ten­dance fig­ure for the march.” The march, on Oc-

‘The Peo­ple’s Vote should stop at­tempt­ing to dupe peo­ple about how many peo­ple sup­port it’

to­ber 20, took place be­tween Park Lane, in cen­tral London, and Par­lia­ment Square.

It was ad­dressed by politi­cians in­clud­ing Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who over­sees the Greater London Author­ity and who sup­ports the cam­paign for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum. Mr Khan said at the march: “To­day will go down as an his­toric mo­ment. A mo­ment when, in their thou­sands, peo­ple from ev­ery cor­ner of our coun­try and ev­ery sec­tion of our so­ci­ety will take to the streets, to make our voice heard.”

The rally in the cap­i­tal last Oc­to­ber

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