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Anger over Labour MPs’ address to anti-monarchy conference

DIVIDED: Queen Elizabeth II, Emma Dent Coad and Chi Unwrap

WHEN DISCUSSING the monarchy, there is often a strong divide between those who support and those who don't – and a few royalists have come out in full force to condemn two Labour MP's involvement in an anti-monarchy conference.

Shadow business minister Chi Onwurah and new MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, are both set to address supporters at the Republic convention this weekend, and have faced backlash since they were announced as guest speakers at the festival in support of axing the monarchy.

The group, who want to see the monarchy abolished and the Queen replaced with an elected, democratic head of state, will meet in Newcastle.

Former Green party leader Natalie Bennett is also set to speak.

On Monday evening (Jul 10), Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said it showed how far the Labour party had shifted to the left under Jeremy Corbyn.

He told the Express: “They are entitled to their views, but it is clear that a large proportion of the Labour Party including Jeremy Corbyn want this country to become a Republic and the Queen removed.”

He added: “Perhaps they want Mr Corbyn installed in her place as a president and living in Buckingham Palace. He seems to want the country to be run like socialist Venezuela. Under his leadership, Labour does not like Britain.”

Graham Smith, Republic’s CEO who will also be speaking at the convention, said yesterday: “Talk of ‘taking back control’ is hollow when power remains centralised and concentrated in Number 10.

“We need radical reform that shifts the balance of power between the government, parliament and voters.”

“Republic sees the abolition of the monarchy as key to creating a more robust democracy: a written constitution, fully elected parliament and proper limitations on power.”

“We’re delighted to have new Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad speaking alongside Chi Onwurah, Natalie Bennett and other great guests.”

“I’m going to be making clear the central role the monarchy plays in Britain’s constitution – and why the monarchy needs to go. A genuinely democratic parliamentary system for Britain is long overdue.”

“In place of the Queen we want someone chosen by the people, not running the government but representing the nation independently of our politicians,” their website states.

Onwurah is set to talk about democratic reform in post-Brexit Britain at the conference, while Coad will speak about the link between monarchy and inequality in Britain.

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