Shadow Brexit Secretary to speak at Burnley's May Day Festival

Sir Keir Starmer MP
Sir Keir Starmer MP

The Shadow Brexit minister Sir Keir Starmer will speak at Monday’s historic Burnley May Day festival.

One of the longest continuous running May Day festivals in the country, the event has attracted political heavyweight speakers over the years, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who spoke last year.

The day will begin with a parade from Burnley Town Hall to Towneley Park, setting off at noon.

Events at the park will start around 11am with the funfair and the various charity and trade union stalls around the field and in the marquee.

Peter Thorne, secretary of the Burnley Trades Union Council, said: “Burnley’s annual May Day festival takes place again this May Day bank holiday, Monday May 1st, so this is the year it actually falls on May Day.

“It is one of very few in the country that has been held every year since the May Day bank holiday was established in 1978.”

Other speakers on the day will include Burnley MP Julie Cooper, RMT Regional Organiser John Tilley, and a speaker from Stand Up To Racism.