MP suspended by Labour Party to give talk at Ruskin House

Chris Williamson, the Derby North MP regarded by some as a controversial figure, and a staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, is the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Croydon Assembly.

Chris Williamson with Jeremy Corbyn: MP is giving a talk in Croydon next week

Williamson will be speaking at Ruskin House next week on “How do we defend a Corbyn-led government”.

The proposition of a Corbyn-led government may have seemed far-fetched even quite recently, but following the wave of support Labour attracted at the 2017 General Election – when Williamson was returned to parliament after a two-year absence – and the shambles of the Tory government over Brexit since, Corbyn’s Labour is now leading in the opinion polls.

Williamson was suspended by Labour in February for his comments about the party’s response to criticism over its handling of allegations of antisemitism within the party, but he remains an MP and continues to vote with Labour in the Commons.

Williamson will be speaking at the Croydon Assembly at Ruskin House from 7.30pm on Thursday, May 9.

He’s written recently, “The policies Labour has adopted since Jeremy Corbyn was elected to lead the party have the overwhelming support of the British public.

“But the obsession in certain quarters with Brexit and a second referendum are unhelpful, and have the potential to strike a fatal blow against the prospects of delivering a common sense socialist government. But that’s not the only barrier. The need for strength through unity to provide solidarity with those unfairly criticised and misrepresented is being severely tested.

Williamson on a previous visit to south London with Ted Knight, one of the organisers of the Croydon Assembly

“However, the storm we’re currently enduring is nothing compared to the full blown hurricane of attacks we’ll face from the Establishment and vested interests, should Jeremy get the keys to 10 Downing Street. We therefore need to be ready by building an unstoppable social movement to help secure and then defend what will be our elected government.

“Remember, a Corbyn-led Labour government would have the potential to bring about an irreversible shift in the balance of wealth and power in the UK. And that’s a prize worth fighting for.”

Tickets for the event are free, but places do need to be reserved in advance.

Click here for more information and to register.

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