Snipers were spotted on Manchester rooftops this morning, as thousands descended on the city to march against the Conservative Party Conference. The high-profile security operation comes after Theresa May was greeted by a banner that read “Hang the Tories!” on her arrival in Manchester yesterday. Protesters have gathered in the city centre to hear speeches from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Brian Eno and actors Maxine Peake and Julie Hesmondhalgh. One group came with a huge float, depicting Mrs May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis as a four headed, three breasted monster, and bearing the slogan “ Brexit is a monstrosity.” Last night, a choir greeted delegates with an “unwelcoming committee”, singing anti-Tory songs. Around 30 members of the Leeds-based left-wing Commoners’ Choir travelled to Manchester to take part in a “flash mob” protest at Piccadilly station. Two protests were expected to converge at the conference this afternoon, an anti-austerity march and an anti-Brexit rally, featuring a speech from Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s pro-European really, Sir Vince said: “It is vital that we keep up the pressure on the Government. The Conservatives are driving Britain over a cliff edge towards a reckless, extreme… Read full this story
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