2017 and 2018 snaps show Labour leader at home in the snow – with an added twist
In a speech on Thursday morning, Jeremy Corbyn will tell the UK that he and Labour have no fear of a winter election campaign:
Labour will be out there in every city, town and village with the biggest and most confident campaign that our country has ever seen bringing a message of hope and change to every community. Even if the rivers freeze over, we’re going out to offer real change for the many not the few.
But images from the 2017 general election campaign and early 2018 suggest that this is not just rhetoric – and Corbyn has demonstrated he’s at ease in the elements.
In late April 2017, not long after the general election had been called, Corbyn visited Scotland as part of his gruelling campaign. He was greeted by a snowstorm, but a picture captured that while aides grimaced, Corbyn was untroubled:
As London endured a cold snap in February 2018, Corbyn was captured in a couple of pictures enjoying a snowball fight between balconies at his Westminster office:
The images quickly went viral – and inspired an equally viral video by Joe.co.uk that holds a very relevant message for the 2019 winter campaign:
Gove slipped in the inclement weather and provided the opportunity for a Labour boost at his expense.
And in calling an election during the coldest and, for many people, the most testing time of the year, the Tories have made the mistake of giving people struggling with cold, low wages, cuts to services, financial and fuel poverty a choice between trudging on into more of the same and worse to come under continued Tory predations – or choosing hope and real change under Labour.
Labour and its leader are ready for the task.
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