'Defend Democracy' protest in Buxton against Parliament suspension

Saturday's protest rally in Buxton. Photo: Ben Evens.
Saturday's protest rally in Buxton. Photo: Ben Evens.

Protesters have demonstrated in Buxton against the move by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament.

A large crowd congregated at the Turner's Memorial on Saturday afternoon, holding flags, banners and placards displaying messages such as 'Stop the Coup' and 'Defend Democracy'.

The rally, which brought together people of different political persuasions, was held alongside other protests in towns and cities up and down the country against the Prime Minister's decision to prorogue Parliament in the run-up to Brexit.

READ MORE: Derbyshire MPs react to Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament

The Conservative Party leader said the move would allow for a Queen’s Speech to outline his “very exciting" domestic agenda.

However opponents say the extended suspension is designed to stop Parliament debating Brexit and hamper efforts to thwart a potential no-deal exit from the European Union on October 31.

The large gathering of protesters stretched up onto The Slopes. Photo: Derek Clarke.

The large gathering of protesters stretched up onto The Slopes. Photo: Derek Clarke.

High Peak Labour MP Ruth George, who was among the speakers at the Buxton protest, later described the turnout as "fantastic" with "hundreds of local people out to demand No to No Deal and to let Parliament act to prevent this act of destruction to our economy".

"Brilliant to see all the support in spite of driving rain," she added. "Thank you all for turning out to show your support."

The Prime Minister will temporarily close down the Commons from the second week of September until October 14, when there will be a Queen’s Speech to open a new session of Parliament.

READ MORE: Queen approves Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament in September

MP Ruth George addresses the crowd. Photo: Martin Jones.

MP Ruth George addresses the crowd. Photo: Martin Jones.

The Queen has approved the order to prorogue Parliament no earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14.

Opposition leaders have written to the monarch in protest and Commons Speaker John Bercow said the move was a “constitutional outrage” designed to stop Parliament debating Brexit.

Responding to his critics, Mr Johnson said: “There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 summit (the meeting of the European Council), ample time in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, to debate Brexit, and all the other issues. Ample time.”