Attendees at the Labour Party conference hugged each other after discovering the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful.
As a result of the ruling, a keynote speech from Jeremy Corbyn scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was brought forward to today, in anticipation of MPs having to return to Parliament early.
Speaker John Bercow has said today that sitting will resume tomorrow.
Speaking to talkRADIO, conference delegates shared their reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision.
National chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, Mike Katz, said it was a positive move that would enable MPs to hold a “terrible Prime Minister” to account.
“It’s pretty amazing times we live in when the whole of the Supreme Court unanimously decide the government has acted unlawfully,” he said.
“It is absolutely right that in a time of national crisis the country expects us to put the country before party. It’s absolutely right that we take whatever measures we need to make sure that our MPs are in Parliament when it opens so they can hold this government to account.”
And Portsmouth Labour councillor, Cal Corkery, said the ruling outed Boris Johnson as a “charlatan and a liar”.
“It substantiated what we knew all along. Boris lied to Parliament, lied to the country. He has lied to the Queen,” he said.
“He put her in an impossible position. A really political position.”
Joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), Kevin Courtney, called the ruling “hugely significant”.
He told talkRADIO: “We are in this untenable situation. There has to be a general election now.”
NEU president, Amanda Martin, added: “A general election means this government can’t hide behind Brexit anymore on the mess that is happening in our country. The chaos that is going on in education systems, our youth services. Our NHS has been decimated.”