Lord Adonis confirmed to speak in Leeds

We are pleased to announce that Lord Andrew Adonis, the outspoken Labour peer, has confirmed his participation at the #StopBrexit #GreatNorthernMarch on 24 March in Leeds.

Andrew Adonis is one of the most outspoken critics of Brexit, which he famously described to as a “dangerous, populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump”, and just a “big mistake”.

He was Chair of the National Infrastructure Committee from 2015 to late 2017, when he famously resigned over the Government’s handling of the East Coast railway crisis and Brexit.

He is also known for his strong opposition to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which is due to end its journey through parliament around the time of the march, referring to it as “the worst legislation of my lifetime”, and later commented on twitter that –

“It is such a dreadful Bill – all power to the Government, trashing our entire system of trade & international relations, I constantly want to table just one amendment: ‘DELETE ALL’!”

After being made a life peer, as Baron Adonis of Camden Town in 2005, he served as a Minister of Education and as Minster for Transport, before being promoted to the Cabinet the Secretary of State for Transport under Gordon Brown.

At that time he also pioneered the plan for the HS2 (High Speed 2) railway initiative from London to the north of England, which was published in 2010 and taken up by successive governments,  but may now be threatened by the ever escalating costs of Brexit.

Prior to his career in politics Andrew worked as a journalist at The Financial Times and The Observer and as an academic, completing a PhD in History at Oxford University.

The #StopBrexit #GreatNorthernMarch will take place on 24 March in Leeds. Starting at The Headrow in front of the Art Gallery and City Library, it will make a loop of the city, and then return to the start location for a rally at which Lord Adonis is due to speak.