Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has confirmed that he intends to be present at a Stop the War Event despite opposition from within the Labour Party.
A number of senior figures in the Labour Party, including Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint and Emma Reynolds, have called on Corbyn to cancel his attendance. Earlier in the week Caroline Lucas withdrew her support for the group following a series of controversial statements made by Stop the War.
One article, referring partly to the terrorist attacks in Paris, published by Stop the War said:
“Let’s be as clear as possible. The hellish world we live in today is the result of deliberate policies and actions undertaken by the United States and its allies over the past decade”.
The group denied some of the allegations made against them, including that they were pro-Assad and in support of Russian air strikes. They said in a statement:
“The Stop the War Coalition is under unprecedented attack because of its opposition to the bombing of Syria and because attacks on it are perceived to weaken Jeremy Corbyn”.
The group was also criticised this week in a letter to the Guardian by a number of signatories, including Peter Tatchell, Rupert Read, Darren Johnson, Abdulaziz Almashi and Mark Boothroyd . The letter said:
“StWC has repeatedly refused to have anti-Assad Syrian democrats and leftwingers on its platforms at events where Syria is being discussed; whereas it has offered a platform to pro-Assad speakers such as Issa Chaer and Mother Agnes. Moreover, StWC intervened to stop a Syrian Solidarity UK speaker from addressing the Migrant Lives Matter rally in London in April”.