Thousands march in support of refugee rights

Thousands of people marched through the capital in support of refugee rights Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people have begun a march through central London in support of the rights of refugees.

Crowds of demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square, many waving banners that read 'refugees welcome', where a number of public figures addressed them.

Among those to speak was Jeremy Corbyn. The newly elected Labour leader was met with cheers as he took to the stage.

His speech was his first act in his new position as leader of the opposition.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, and Natalie Bennet, the leader of the Green Party, are also expected to make an appearance.

The protest is backed by the Refugee Council, Amnesty International, the Syria Solidarity Movement, Stand Up to Racism and the Stop the War Coalition.