The political editor of The Guardian has sided with The Sun against the people of Liverpool

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Guardian political co-editor Heather Stewart seems to have sided with the Sun against the people of Liverpool.

Sun boycott

Grassroots campaign group Momentum isn’t giving Sun reporters press accreditation for its political festival The World Transformed (TWT). TWT is happening alongside the Labour conference in Liverpool from the 22-25 September.

Momentum says it’s respecting Liverpool’s longstanding boycott of the Sun, which began when the paper blamed Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

“Banning journalists”

Responding to the news, Stewart said:

But Momentum has said in a statement:

In Liverpool there is a 29-year-long campaign to boycott the Sun after they smeared fans in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, falsely claiming that they ‘picked pockets of victims’, ‘urinated on brave cops’ and ‘beat up PCs giving the kiss of life’.

The boycott is backed by community groups and businesses across the city, including many local taxi firms and Liverpool-based Tesco branches. We stand with the people of Liverpool and the families of the 96 whose memory was smeared by the Sun. We look forward to both the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and the Total Eclipse of the S*n being involved in this year’s festival. While in Liverpool, The World Transformed will respect the boycott.

Following clarification from TWT, the Guardian’s Stewart said:

“On the side of the Sun

People on social media were quick to call out the Guardian editor for appearing to side with the Sun over Momentum:

It’s certainly telling that the Guardian’s political editor is defending the Sun against Momentum and Liverpudlians. Both papers are all too eager to defend the establishment against real political change.

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