Jeremy Corbyn to hold rally in York city centre

On his way north: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph © YouTube/ RevolutionBahrainMC
27 Jul 2016 @ 7.46 pm
| News, Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is bringing his fight to keep his job as Labour leader to York.

The controversial politician is due to hold a rally in St Helen’s Square on Friday (July 29) according to the York branch of Momentum, the campaign set up to promote grassroots support for the leader and his policies.

They have asked supporters to gather in the square at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Momentum is also appealing for volunteers to steward the event.

The news prompted contrasting reactions on Facebook:

Omfg YES. I’m visiting York this weekend for the River Festival my mum and Co are putting on… But now there’s a whole new reason to get excited!

– Cherry Griffiths

I’d love to go but I’m watching some paint dry that night.

– Steve Bradley

Under fire

Rachael Maskell shows Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the aftermath of the York floods in December. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Rachael Maskell shows Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the aftermath of the York floods in December. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Jeremy Corbyn is one of the most divisive Labour figures in the party’s history.

In a shock result he was voted leader by a huge majority of party members in September 2015.

But Corbyn is now fighting a leadership challenge from Pontypridd MP Owen Smith. While Corbyn still appears to have strong support among the Labour membership, most of his own MPs want him out.

In June Labour MPs passed a vote of no confidence in their leader by 172 votes to 40 following the resignation of around two-thirds of his shadow cabinet.

Many criticised what they considered his lacklustre campaign to keep Britain in Europe after the country voted for Brexit.

He later appointed a new shadow cabinet, which includes York Central MP Rachael Maskell as the shadow environment secretary.

Ms Maskell accompanied Jeremy Corbyn when he visited York to see the aftermath of the devastating floods last December.