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Protest held in Bury St Edmunds today after Prime Minister's decision to prorogue parliament

A peaceful protest was held in Bury St Edmunds today over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament.

Organised by Open Britain who are campaigning for a people's vote, around 150 people attended the protest.

It was held in Hatter Street, outside of Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill's office and although invited she did not attend.

Around 150 people attended the protest.
Around 150 people attended the protest.

The protest is in retaliation to Mr Johnson announcing he would suspending parliament for five weeks over September and October.

Critics say this is to push through a no deal Brexit, however Mr Johnson said it was to allow the government to hold a Queen's Speech and outline its agenda for the future.

Wendy Martin, who had travelled from Needham Market to take part, said: "I hope that they take some notice of us - parliamentary democracy not dictatorship."

Christina Birt, volunteer group leader for open Britain, Bury St Edmunds, said: "Our group is campaigning for a people's vote. We are here because so many people have been contacting our group about what's been happening in parliament - it is an outrage and a threat to democracy."

Open Britain Bury St Edmunds will be joining the People's Vote march in London on October 19 with a coach available from Bury St Edmunds bus station. For further details, visit www.peoples-vote.uk

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