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Fantastic People's Vote 'Let Us Be Heard' rally

July 31, 2019 8:56 AM
By Bryan Lewis

The ITV football commentator, Clive Tyldesley compered a People's Vote 'Let Us Be Heard' rally on Tuesday at the Great Hall of Birmingham University.

Wolverhampton People's Vote Campaign

A thousand people packed the hall to hear Clive declare himself to be a passionate Remainer and a Remoaner before introduced speakers which included Birmingham Labour MP Jess Phillips, Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion, Green Party MEP Ellie Chowns, comic and writer Mitch Benn, Isi Daley, an activist for For Our Future's Sake and Conservative former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Michael Heseltine.

In her usual blunt style and without naming her party leader, Jess Phillips was very critical of Labour's position on the EU. She said she would spend time working with MPs from across the House of Commons to ensure that we do not crash out of the EU without a deal and that any deal we do get is put to the British people.

Phil Bennion said that in the few weeks he since regained his seat in the European Parliament he had been part of strenuous behind the scenes efforts to stop a hard Brexit. He had had meetings with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

Phil Bennion at People's Vote rally

"I will not celebrate my re-elections as an MEP until Brexit is stopped" - Phil Bennion

The rally concluded with a storming speech from Michael Heseltine who has been part of every political campaign since Churchill in the 1950s but said that Brexit has divided Britain and traditional political loyalties as never before.

He said "Boris Johnson is giving us an act of vandalism no-one voted for. Instead of making judgements based on facts, expert opinion and sound advice, the government retreats deeper into the caves of their own prejudice where they only hear their own voices - or voices like theirs - echoing back at them.

Heseltine at Birminham rally

Boris Johnson is giving us an act of vandalism no-one voted for - Michael Heseltine

Our nation stands on the brink and the next few months will determine the future of generations to come. So that is why I say it would be a democratic outrage for a new Prime Minister to impose a destructive Brexit on the people of Britain without us having the chance to be heard through a final say referendum."

Lord Heseltine was given a standing ovation.