Politics

THE TRUMP PROTEST IN PICTURES

Thousands marched through central Edinburgh this afternoon to protest against the arrival of President Trump in the UK in general, and Scotland in particular. 

Spurtle photographed over a hundred banners and placards, ranging in tone from serious and political to anatomical and scatalogical. 

Below we've focused on those which were effectively concise, or filled us with admiration for their artistry, or said something distinctively Scottish, or made us laugh, or in retrospect conveyed a clear sense of the overall mood. 

CORBYN BACKS MUNRO AND SAVE LEITH WALK CAMPAIGN

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, visited the Newkirkgate this afternoon. 

His brief appearance was a show of support for long-time party colleague Cllr Gordon Munro (Ward 13), who has been selected to stand for the marginal Edinburgh North & Leith constituency at the next General Election. 

Corbyn pledged Labour’s commitment to the National Health Service in its 70th year, and spoke of sticking up for ‘the many not the few’ in a city where 80,000 people are living in poverty.

WHERE’S RITCHIE AND WHAT DOES HE STAND FOR?

 COMMUNITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR ANSWERS 

Pressure mounted on Cllr Lewis Ritchie tonight following release of a highly charged letter from Leith Central Community Council.

LCCC’s Chair Charlotte Encombe wrote to the troubled Leith Walk ward representative on 12 April (for full text, see HERE and foot of page). 

She pointed out issues raised at the community council’s last meeting in March.

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