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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 May 2017
Overflowing Corbyn rally in Leicester
Jeremy Corbyn speaking to one of many mass audiences, photo Steve Score (Click to enlarge)
Sofia Wiking, Leicester Socialist Party
On 6 May Jeremy Corbyn held a rally in Leicester. Labour had booked a large meeting room at the Tigers Stadium, holding 800 people. The room was packed full, with people standing at the back.
Outside, people who didn't get in started chanting: "Let us in! Let us in!" Inside, the anticipation was high, and people started clapping prematurely, taking several minutes to accept Corbyn had not yet arrived.
The meeting was only advertised through Labour members and held indoors. A bigger outdoor rally would definitely have been possible and could have reached more people, as well as providing a clearer contrast to the May campaign, to which neither journalists nor the public are being invited.
Corbyn's speech focused on how the economy is "rigged in favour of the rich," and how he wants to "draw a line" under the privatisations of public services, including the vast amount taken from the NHS.
Corbyn also made references to concrete Labour policies such as the £10 an hour minimum wage and ending zero-hour contracts, which got a massive cheer from the audience.
These are excellent points, but more is needed on how this can be achieved. While we do need to collect taxes from big corporations, he also needs to be explicit about the need to renationalise all the privatised industries, from transport to energy.
One highpoint was when Corbyn said that we are socialists and internationalists, and it is crucial for labour movements to link up across borders. This got a huge cheer from the audience.
Speaking soon after the local election results, Corbyn recognised that they were a disappointment, showed there is a long way to go, and that we have to fight even harder to win in June. He said that we face a huge challenge, but that this could be the chance of a lifetime to change Britain.
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In The Socialist 10 May 2017:
What we think
Local election results must mean Corbyn campaign is stepped up
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tories wrecking our NHS: kick them out!
Corbyn pledges freeze on 'STP' health cuts
Corbyn pledges council powers to take over academies
Tories forced to publish useless plans on toxic air
1,000 super-rich own £658 billion!
Corbyn promises to scrap hospital parking fees
Corbyn would limit TV junk food ads
What we saw
International socialist news and analysis
France: Macron won't solve economic & social crises
Local elections 2017
TUSC's anti-cuts message finds positive response
Liverpool city region mayor election - almost 8,000 votes for TUSC
Tories win West Midlands mayor - the complete failure of the Labour right
Labour hangs on in Wales despite cuts councillors
Doncaster TUSC's campaigning against cuts goes on
Workplace news and analysis
Tube strike at London Bridge over unfair dismissal
After the Unite elections - now turn outwards
Workers fight back against race to the bottom!
Royal Mail walkout over suspension of union reps
Good debate and response at radiographers' union conference
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
US: women ice hockey players' strike threat wins living wage
Featured letter: disabled workers want our voices heard, not charity
Foreign aid corruption: capitalism to blame
Why I joined: raising the ideas of socialism
Theatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers
The Socialist inbox
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
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Overflowing Corbyn rally in Leicester
Hundreds rally for Corbyn in Leamington
One Housing tenants force housing association back
Jobstown Not Guilty trial round-up
Yorkshire meeting in solidarity with the #JobstownNotGuilty campaign
Socialists tell free marketeers
Packed Socialist Party meeting discusses the general election
Sutton Coldfield socialist campaign stall
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