NATALIE Bennett and Donnachadh McCarthy will be amongst the speakers at the next anti-coal mine demonstration in Whitehaven. 

Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Donnachhadh McCarthy an environmental journalist, author, and activist will be attending the Speakers' Corner event held at the former Marchon site on Saturday, November 18. 

This is the sixth Speakers' Corner demonstration to be held at the site and allows those who are opposed to the mine to share their beliefs. 

A spokesperson said: "With a fantastic line-up of speakers, this Speakers' Corner is not one to miss. Our campaign for sustainable green jobs in Cumbria instead of the destructive plans for a coal mine continues to grow. Please join us on Saturday, November 18 to say: No Time for a Coal Mine.

"Please bring banners, placards, and your best singing voices. Do indicate ‘going’ if you plan to come along so we have an idea of the numbers. And please share as widely as possible on your social networks."

Natalie Bennett was the leader of the Green Party from 2012 until 2016, and in 2015 celebrated a very successful election result for the party. 

She is continuing to work full-time in politics with a particular focus on the north and midlands and is a supporter of the anti-fracking movement. 

Donnachadh McCarthy is an environmental auditor, and campaigner and is the author of The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy was Hijacked. 

Other speakers include Fiona Heslam, a local parish councillor, Steve Masters, a Green Party councillor and Scott Inglis, the chair UCU at the University of Cumbria. 

The former elected mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, said during the previous Speakers' Corner: "These people have no respect for the process this mine has gone through. 

"Everybody has had their opportunity, through a long and detailed process, to put the point of view forward.

"On every opportunity the mine has been given the go-ahead.

"If they were really concerned about climate change, they would be focusing their energy on places like Russia and China where the problem really lies, it is not in this country. 

"They are wasting time and getting in the way of getting these much-needed jobs into West Cumbria."