PUT IT TO THE PEOPLE MARCH ANNOUNCE FIRST TRANCHE OF KEY SPEAKERS FOR SATURDAY - People's Vote

PUT IT TO THE PEOPLE MARCH ANNOUNCE FIRST TRANCHE OF KEY SPEAKERS FOR SATURDAY

Nicola Sturgeon and Lord Michael Heseltine will be among the keynote speakers at the Put It To The People March on Saturday where hundreds of thousands of protesters will descend on Parliament Square to demand the final say on any Brexit deal.  

The First Minister of Scotland and the former Deputy Prime Minister will take the stage along with other leading figures in UK politics, young people fighting for their future and NHS workers at what promises to be one of the biggest popular demonstration this century. 

 

Notable names will include:

  • Labour MPs Jess Phillips and David Lammy
  • Conservatives MPs such as former Cabinet Minister Justine Greening, ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee
  • Anna Soubry, the former Business Minister and Independent Group MP
  • Sir Vince Cable, leader, and Jo Swinson, the deputy leader, of the Liberal Democrats
  • Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP
  • Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP in Westminster.

 

Other keynote speakers including surprise special guests will be announced in the next 24 hours.

The People’s Vote campaign that has organised the march has reserved slots in the speaking schedule for NHS leaders and workers including: 

  • Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association, the trade union and professional body for all 150,000 doctors in the UK, and a GP from North London.
  • Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse from Yorkshire and until recently the British Journal of Nursings Nurse of the year.  He is one of the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK who have been left in limbo by the Brexit process.
  • Dr Rachel Clarke, palliative care doctor, best-selling author and out spoken on the impact Brexit is already having on the NHS.

 

Young people who have played such a huge part in the success of the campaign will also have their own section in the programme. Speakers will include:

  • Gwyneth Sweatman, the President of NUS Wales, representing all Welsh students and a 28 year old For our Future's Sake (OFOC) supporter who lives in Cardiff.
  • Harry McNeill, 24, who is currently OFOC's lead at Glasgow University
  • Pearse Smith, 18, an active member of OFOC Northern Ireland.
  • Ellie James, a 21 year old For our Future's Sake supporter from Newcastle and Labour activist.
  • Amanda Chetwnyd-Cowieson, 25, the co-founder of For our Future's Sake.
  • Rania Ramli, 20, the elected Chair of Labour Students, and supporter of For our Future's Sake from London.
  • Femi Oluwole, 29, Chief Spokesperson for Our Future Our Choice, from Darlington.
  • Lara Spirit, 22 from Chichester, a co-founder of Our Future Our Choice.

 

At the front of the march will be people from all walks of life demanding a final say on Brexit.

They include: 

  • A 96-year old World War Two veteran, Brigadier Stephen Goodall, who is travelling 200 miles by train from Devon. As their honorary commanding officer, he'll be marching with the Veterans For EU and four generations of his family including his great-granddaughter Nahiya. He says: "I am an old man and the outcome won't affect me - but it will affect my family and many people that I know for years to come.”
  • Twenty-four-year old Leon French who is travelling from his home town of Doncaster. He said“I voted to Leave in 2016 and it is now completely clear to me we were given a blank cheque full of false promise. The easy solution to all our problems we were told Brexit would be, has quickly unravelled to be a mess we will be cleaning up for years to come. Britain deserves better than this circus. Now that we know how Brexit will damage the whole of the UK, the public deserve the right to say loud and clear: this is not good enough.”
  • Edmund Sides who is refusing to take the easy way to London. Instead, he is walking to the march from Swansea, a city that also voted for Brexit. He left Swansea on 7th March. His route is taking him through Swindon, which also voted leave, but has been hit by the news that Honda plans to shut its factory with the loss of thousands of jobs.  He said: “During my walk I will be talking to people along the way, there will be plenty of time for it! If we do have a People’s Vote we need to discuss and debate the actual underlying concerns and fears of many in the country in a calm and rational manner. That’s so that everyone in the country can come together to solve these problems and move on from the divisions that Brexit has caused in our families, workplaces and communities.”

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