The newly re-elected leader of the Labour party paid a visit to Jarrow last night ahead of one of his first major public engagements in the town today.
Jeremy Corbyn was guest of honour at the town’s Constituency Labour party dinner held at the Lakeside.
“It has been an honour to welcome Jeremy Corbyn to the area, in particular to the Fellgate and Hedworth ward.”Coun Kilgour
He joined the Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn and others who addressed members of the Jarrow CLP.
His appearance at the venue, on the Fellgate Estate, was ahead of his scheduled visit to Monkton Stadium, today, to mark to 80th anniversary of the Jarrow Crusade.
Coun Geraldine Kilgour said: “We can’t thank the Lakeside enough for their hospitality. They have been really supportive and have bent over backwards to accommodate us.
“They helped to make the running of the evening go smoothly. Their support has really been amazing and we can’t thank the staff and management enough.
“It has been an honour to welcome Jeremy Corbyn to the area, in particular to the Fellgate and Hedworth ward.”
The visit by the Labour leader who was re-elected to the position with a 62 per cent majority was organised by the town’s CLP who backed him during the leadership race.
Mr Corbyn’s appearance at the Jarrow Crusade celebrations is one of his first major public engagements since his re-election.
As well as the leader taking to the stage as a guest speaker, other activities will be going on throughout the day for visitors to enjoy.
The Jarrow Crusade saw 200 men from Jarrow marching to London in protest over the lack of jobs in the area.
Mr Hepburn said: “As someone who I know cares deeply about the past, present and future of working people in this country, Jeremy Corbyn, would have supported the crusade 80 years ago and stands shoulder to shoulder with us in 2016.
“I encourage everyone to come and hear why we need Jeremy not just as the Leader of the Labour Party, but as the next Labour Prime Minister.”