ACTIVISTS staged a peaceful demonstration outside a US military base in Yorkshire at the weekend demanding its closure while praising Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s best hope for peace.
Menwith Hill, an intelligence-gathering centre on moorland outside Harrogate, is staffed by more than 1,000 US military and civilian personnel and guarded by British Ministry of Defence police.
Inside its boundaries are dozens of satellite dishes gathering military, political and economic material which is fed to the US.
Peace activists have been campaigning for its closure for more than three decades, staging a demonstration at the base each year on the Saturday closest to July 4 — US Independence Day.
This year the protest was dubbed Independence From America Day.
Former Labour MEP and European Parliament whip Michael McGowan made a powerful speech in defence of embattled party leader Mr Corbyn.
Mr McGowan highlighted Mr Corbyn’s role in creating a new kind of politics that is more co-operative, more caring and more international.
He said the election of Mr Corbyn, an anti-nuclear weapons activist, was “a historic opportunity for world peace, which should be a matter of universal celebration and an opportunity not be wasted but to be taken forward in the interest of all who share our planet.”
Mr McGowan is a trustee of the Leeds-based group Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and has worked alongside Mr Corbyn with refugees from the Western Sahara who live in exile under canvass in the Sahara Desert.
Other speakers included John Bourton of UK Veterans for Peace who spoke of his own experiences with led him from professional soldier to peace activist.
Veterans for Peace which is a voluntary ex-services organisation of men and women who collectively have served in every war that Britain has fought since WWII.