When Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour party one group of people were allegedly not fans. That group of people were those aged 50 and over.
So a group of suitably aged Corbyn fans created a Facebook page and as they say the rest is history.
The group on Facebook now has more than 4,ooo members and continues to grow. Tuesday the group and others held a #toryelectionfraud Tweetstorm and this time it really did go down a storm.
A number of members attended the London protest a while back and Wednesday a couple of members decided to use their initiative and some.
Dorothy Badrick and at least one other ensured the group had a visible presence when police and journalists met with the electoral commission Wednesday in London to decide what next for allegations about Tory election fraud.
Dorthy's report back follows:
South East Massif50+ reporting from the City of London, outside the Electoral commision:
Behind the light-hearted report are serious allegations.
Did the Tory government in effect steal the 2015 General Election by overspending?
Look out for Corbyn 50yrs+ on Twitter and Facebook or on a street near you!
BBC News took its time acknowledging that a huge protest march was taking place in London Saturday and when they reported they down played the size of the march. For the record around 150,000 protested in London alone. Smaller protests took place in other cities with a decent sized protest held in Leeds. Those taking part were marching for #4Demands - health, homes, jobs and education with #CameronMustGo thrown in for good measure.
Dorothy Badrick went to the protest march and rally in London, as part of the Corbyn over 50s supporters group, and has kindly said we could share her Facebook page post as she arrived home and we are doing so warts and all as they say:
"Ooh er, aaah- just easing the boots off.
Reaches for tea, slurp, oh thats better.
Just back from the march.
It took two and a half hours to meander from Gower Street to Trafalgar Square. I have never been prouder.
Wheelchairs, electric wheelchair, making an overnight stay to get to the march.
Mobility scooter, from Leeds- (no, he drove down then got the scooter out!), dodgy backs, aching knees and suspect hips. A blind person and someone with half their innards missing: “it’s alright really; I just have to manage the pain".
Someone else, out last night taking soup to the protesters against the housing bill. I could cry with pride!
The reason it took so long to walk a mile and a half was the press of people.
Trafalgar Square packed.
Some great banners;
I am not colour blind the world is black and white.
Dumbledore would be very angry.
Austerity is theft.
Great speeches from the steel workers, junior doctors because they are very angry. Nurses, teachers, black pride and highlight of the day speech from Labour shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
People from just round the corner, from the south coast and all points north. Train, bus, coach and car. God bless you all.
Final quote goes to Rachel: “I don’t post much but I read all the posts. I have never done this before but my son is autistic and they have made his life hell. I just have to do something." Her husband and daughter were with us to.
Note to admin of FB page: get Gill Kennard a stylist.
Not that she needs one, she is gawjus but the camera people just love her. I am not surprised. I want a picture of her in her wheelchair banging a saucepan with a spoon too!!
Thanks to Sue for directing operations.
Darlinks, I love you all!! Flings arms to side and knocks over tea!!"
Wish we were there!
Independent - Anti-austerity protest brings 150,000 to the streets of London to demand David Cameron's resignation
More images at - News alert protests in London and the UK Saturday
This event is taking place next weekend - National Demo: Refugees Welcome Here: Stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism & fascism!
It is listed as a UN Anti-racism Day demonstration scheduled to take place Sat 19 Mar 2016, London, with the hashtag promotion of #M19.
It is vital that people who are able to do so attend this demo although many of us will be there only in spirit.
One group of people who will be represented on the day is the Corbyn 50yrs+ supporters group which you can find on Twitter and Facebook. Advertising the event on their Facebook page the admin team writes:
ALERT: Our Corbyn 50 yrs plus banner is to get another outing on March 19th at the Anti-racism and fascism march 'Stand up to Racism: Refugees Welcome here'' in London. Please Assemble 12 noon at Portland Place W1A 1AA. Our lovely and very politically active member Gill Kennard is asking 'I will have to be in my wheelchair and Mike will have to push - are there any volunteers to hold our banner please'?? PLEASE let us know if you are willing to go and help carry the Banner
[The above two images are from previous demos]
The Corbyn 50yrs+ group was formed after Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in September 2015.
Mr Corbyn has endured attacks from the mainstream media, people in other political parties and people within Labour with claims that his style of politics does not appeal to older voters.
The Corbyn 50yrs+ group is just one organisation that disproves that claim.
Facebook membership continues to rise and the group are politically active, hence notice of the event and the banner holding appeal.
The Stand up to racism and fascism demo list of speakers includes; Vanessa Redgrave Actor, Diane Abbott MP, Claude Moraes MEP, Jean Lambert MEP.
You can download the demo leaflet here
And check out the Stand up to Racism website here
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