A group representing Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans is holding a ‘peaceful static protest’ near the venue the Labour leader will be attending this evening

The protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily DellarThe protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily Dellar

A group of military veterans are holding a protest in Barnstaple ahead of the visit of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn this evening (Thursday).

Mr Corbyn is due to appear at The Factory alongside Billy Bragg as part of a North Devon Labour Party fundraising event from 7pm.

But Vern Tilbury, Alan Barry, Paul Upfold, Carl Williamson, John Cutler and Brian McKee, say Mr Corbyn is a 'threat to national security'.

Five of the group served in Northern Ireland, and are part of Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans.

The protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily DellarThe protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily Dellar

They will be standing with placards and banners on Gratton Way - less than 500 metres from where the Labour leader is set to appear this evening - until Mr Corbyn leaves.

The group are protesting against Mr Corbyn's alleged support of the IRA while British soldiers were serving in Northern Ireland.

Mr Barry said: "Jeremy Corbyn claims now that he was involved in trying to negotiate peace, but he was never involved.

"He was a low-level Labour MP, never in the shadow cabinet and never had any legitimacy as a negotiator.

The protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily DellarThe protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily Dellar

"He was a supporter of the IRA through his Marxist predisposition.

"He is the greatest threat to our national security that this country faces at the moment.

"We know he won't talk to us. He's been asked on several occasions to condemn the IRA violence and he wont do it."

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The protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily DellarThe protestors will be standing on Gratton Way until Mr Corbyn's visit. Picture: Emily Dellar