Hartlepool councillor to speak at Corbyn rally

Coun Stephen Thomas
Coun Stephen Thomas

Hartlepool councillor Stephen Thomas will be among the speakers at an emergency public meeting in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to be held on Teesside this evening.

The event is being organised by the Teesside branch of Momentum – the successor of the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign. Momentum 'seeks to transform the Labour Party into a more open, member-­led party, with socialist policies and the collective will to implement them in government.'

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

The #KeepCorbyn rally will be held at 7pm in St Mary's Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, and will also feature guest speaker Daniel Kebede, a Labour Party activist and anti-racist campaigner.

It will be chaired by Barbara Campbell, a Labour Party member and Momentum Teesside officer. The speakers will be followed by an open discussion on how Labour Party members and supporters in Teesside should respond to the current crisis in the party.

Barbara Campbell said: "This isn't just a fight over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. It is a fight for the soul of the Labour Party.

"The membership overwhelmingly supported Jeremy and the anti-austerity policies he stands for in last year's leadership election. Since then he has faced regular sabotage attempts by some members of the Parliamentary Labour Party. And now this disgraceful, anti-democratic coup seeks to impose a new leader representing polices the membership have decisively rejected."

Middlesbrough Labour councillor Jordan Blyth added: "I believe that 172 MPs should not be able to overturn the will of hundreds of thousands of party members. We must make it clear that any leadership challenge should be decided by the Labour Party membership through a democratic election."