Tensions high at Manchester Tory conference

An anti-Tory tent has been set up in Piccadilly Gardens

Monday, September 30, 2019

Tensions are high in Manchester as the Conservative Party conference enters day two.

Delegates have been told to "go home" by local residents and protests are taking place across the city to oppose the event, including one called 'Prorogue the Tory conference'.

One delegate told talkRADIO he was approached by a woman who offered to pay for his train ticket home after she noticed he was wearing a conference pass.

Another was asked by a member of the public if he "knew right from wrong" as he walked out of the conference.

At a protest staged by the campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts a speaker told the crowd: "We don't want you [Conservatives] in Manchester. We don't want you in government. P*** off."

Attendees at the conference say they have removed their lanyards while walking around the city over fears of"verbal assault".

Penny Hicks from the People's Assembly Against Austerity, which has organsied anti-Tory protests in the city, said the comments at delegates were justified.

"I think it's a problem when the Tories think they can come to a Labour heartland and have a conference," she said.

"These will just be ordinary Mancunians walking past, nothing organised, just people saying you know what, I had my Universal Credit cut off yesterday, I've been sanctioned or I have nowhere to sleep and they see a smart-suited person with a Tory lanyard on and think well, I'll just have a word with you, do you realise how hard life is?".

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