Crowds flock to Camden Centre for Jeremy Corbyn Labour leadership rally

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

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JEREMY Corbyn swept into his own rally last night (Monday) to the theme tune from Selma – the Hollywood blockbuster about Martin Luther King's equal rights campaign – as Corbyn-mania shook the Camden Centre, King's Cross.

The Islington North MP was cheered and hugged in a hero's welcome from hundreds of supporters who chanted “Jez we can! Jez we can!”.

The crowd cheer as Mr Corbyn arrives, above, and Mr Corbyn on stage

He had spoken from the top of a fire engine in Bidborough Street to around 500 people outside who had queued patiently around the Town Hall in Judd Street, but had not been able to get in.

Some took to clambering up to the first floor windows of the Camden Centre to snatch a glimpse of Mr Corbyn following his meteoric rise to become a serious contender for the Labour leadership.

People climb through the window to get a glimpse of Mr Corbyn

He said: “They acuse me of being a 1980s throwback. But you know these Tories, they look like a throwback to the 1980s to me."

"Margaret Thatcher got elected on a false promise – essentially selling £10 notes for a £5. They went on to damage and destroy trade unions' rights, to destroy the manufacturing base of this country. To establish a financial services economy, not a manufacturing economy.

“Our campaign is also about re-establishing hope in many people. Hope! That we can develop an economy that does proudly and publicly invest in high technology. Invest in green energy. Invest in sustainable jobs. Invest in young people. Set up a national investment bank – that can finance the wage structure we need, the council housing we need, to conquer the housing crisis.”

He added: “We don't pass by on the other side while fellow citizens sleep on the street and wonder how they survive. We don't pass by while people with mental health problems go unsupported and end up in psychiatric units.”

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone had started off the rally imploring people interested in the economy to read Mr Corbyn's newly released financial policy for 2020.

Ken Livingstone speaks at yesterday's event

There was rapturous applause as crowd-pleasing Owen Jones asked: “This is a movement, is this not?”

The Guardian columnist said it was important to try to win elections, but not while “capitulating policies” in the process.

Composer and anti-war speaker Brian Eno had told the meeting that it was not the most important thing to win elections on a “small-minded agenda”.

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