Jeremy Corbyn Launches Labour General Election Campaign in Cardiff North

Jeremy Corbyn on Whitchurch common
© My Cardiff North

The 2017 general election campaign kicked off in Cardiff North with a Labour rally where Jeremy Corbyn addressed a crowd on Whitchurch Common.

BBC Wales Politics have an excellent article about the event.

This is the first major event I’ve been able to attend since launching My Cardiff North and I was very interested to see what they’re like. I’ll do my best to attend events from the other party leaders.

First Minister Carwyn Jones
© My Cardiff North

I arrived just after 3:00pm and the crowd was already over a hundred people. This number gradually increased to about 600 over the next hour until the Labour leader arrived at 4:15pm. There were lots of Labour supporters with banners and placards getting ready to lend their support. I spotted several local election candidates too.

First Minister Carwyn Jones introduced Mr Corbyn, who spoke for about 30 minutes. There were some technical issues while Mr Jones was speaking and the crowd couldn’t hear him very well.

This improved when Mr Corbyn began his speech but he was then interrupted by a member of the crowd shouting over him.

The gentleman eventually stopped and the speech continued to regular bouts of applause from the audience.

After the speech Mr Corbyn was swamped by supporters who wanted to have a word, take a selfie or simply shake his hand. He spoke to the press and greeted more members of the public before departing.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies told the BBC: “After nearly two decades in government, Labour’s record is a smorgasbord of failure evidenced by Wales having the worst-performing education system in the UK, the lowest take-home pay, and the longest hospital waiting times.”

When the candidates for Cardiff North are announced, we’ll do our best to bring you news and information about them to help you decide who gets your vote.

 

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