Corbyn meets locals in five northern towns as well as wowing teachers at NEU conference
As MPs enjoy a long Easter break, Theresa May is again worrying her party by disappearing on another walking holiday – and was so desperate to avoid any interaction with the public that she reportedly had women’s toilets shut down for her personal use along the M54 motorway.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, by contrast, was today on an intensive tour of northern communities meeting local people and businesses, as well as receiving multiple standing ovations from teachers.
Corbyn received a hero’s welcome at the National Education Union (NEU) conference in Liverpool even before he had announced that Labour will scrap the damaging ‘SAT’ testing of 7- and 11-year-olds – and then that news went down a storm:
But that was only a fraction of Corbyn’s day, with the Labour leader visiting another four towns largely forgotten by the so-called ‘Westminster bubble’:
Corbyn met community leaders and the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner in Leyland, where he heard their concerns about rises in crime fuelled by Tory cuts and called on the government to increase funding for community policing:
Corbyn found time in his busy schedule to spend time with Blackburn MP Kate Hollern for more discussions about crime and other issues facing the local community – and to sample some of the local cuisine, with proud restaurateurs eager to be photographed with the ‘Prime Minister in waiting’:
Corbyn visited Calderdale in West Yorkshire, including a stop at Hipperholme near Halifax, where he was caught by the BBC trying his hand at archery at an outdoor centre providing a vital resource and outlet for local young people:
In a visit to the Cheshire town of Winsford, Corbyn was out ‘on the doorstep’ in spite of heavy rain, to talk to local people about poverty, Universal Credit, housing, HS2 and healing Brexit divisions. He also found time to visit a local pub, where he was surrounded by well-wishers and spoke to local media:
While Theresa May did everything she could to avoid even a passing encounter with the public, Jeremy Corbyn was out demonstrating that his reputation for boundless energy and appetite for meeting the people whose lives he aims to improve is well deserved.
There could scarcely be a starker contrast – or a better indicator of who is really providing leadership in the country even in opposition.
Bring on a general election and the Corbyn-led Labour government the country desperately needs.
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