Our very own Hugo Fearnley, Labour candidate for Scarborough and Whitby, stands at the statue of Earl Grey to address large crowds gathered in Newcastle to protest against the Tories’ assault on parliamentary democracy.
Earl Grey as prime minister saw through the 1832 Reform Act, the first step to extend voting rights beyond wealthy landowners. Almost a century later, all men and women aged 21 and over finally won the right to vote. It’s good to be reminded of past battles for democracy, and that we can’t take these hard-won rights for granted. We’re proud that Hugo took a stand yesterday, and of all our local members who went to protest in York, Leeds and elsewhere.