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Protesters gather in London over the cost of living crisis

Cost of living protest

Protesters took to the streets of London demanding action by Boris Johnson (Image: PA)

Thousands have taken to the streets of London to protest the cost of living crisis that is crippling the nation.

Protesters gathered around Portland Place, calling on the government to take action and help the most vulnerable in society.

From there the crowd marched to Parliament Square where speakers addressed the crowd.

Protesters at the rally have criticized the controversial policing and crime bill, which they fear could limit such demonstrations in the future.

Banners with phrases such as “Shorten the war, not welfare” and “End fuel poverty, isolate homes now” were seen in the crowd.

Other signs reading “Nurses not nukes”, “Don’t get angry, take action” and “Free Assange” were on display.

Unison members and members of the public gather in Portland Place outside a national TUC demonstration in central London to demand cost of living measures, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Union members and members of the public got involved (Image: PA)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Protesters hold placards during the British Trades Union Congress (TUC)'We Demand Better' rally on June 18, 2022 in London, England. Unions are demanding wage increases for workers to help them deal with the cost of living crisis. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Crowds of people gathered in Parlimanet Square (Image: Getty Images)

A message on dress as Unison members and members of the public take part in a national TUC demonstration in central London to demand cost of living measures, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Powerful messages could appear among the protesters (Image: PA)

Union members and members of the public take part in a nationwide TUC demonstration in central London to demand action on the cost of living, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The protesters were in full force (Image: PA)

Protesters could be heard in the crowd whistling, cheering and clapping as the protest meandered towards Westminster.

Loud music, including the songs 9 To 5, I Need A Dollar, and Money, Money, Money, was played from large speakers, and the congregation sang and danced along.

The TUC organized the protest after research carried out by the union found workers have lost almost £20,000 since 2008 because wages have not kept pace with inflation.

At the protest was Ben Robinson, 25, who works for a housing association in Brixton, south London.

He said: “We have residents who come into our offices and choose to support their own children, not themselves, their own children and pay rent and heating.

Union members and members of the public take part in a nationwide TUC demonstration in central London to demand action on the cost of living, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Signs were seen criticizing Home Secretary Priti Patel (Image: PA)

Union members and members of the public take part in a nationwide TUC demonstration in central London to demand action on the cost of living, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

People from old to young attended the protest (Image: PA)

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner (left) and Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, take part in a nationwide TUC demonstration in central London to demand action on the cost of living, a new collective agreement for working people and a pay rise to demand for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Some well-known political faces made an appearance (Image: PA)

“It’s just not a choice anyone should make, you know, in the world’s fourth largest economy.”

He added: “I don’t think the government takes enough credit for how bad things are going to be and really are for people, real people who don’t have enough money.

“And the growing gap between the wealthiest in society and the other 99% of people who just don’t have enough to make ends meet, so hopefully that’s an outline, but who knows?”

Teacher Frankie Brown, 24, added, “Every day I have kids in my class who go home where they don’t have enough to eat.”

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