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Hundreds turn out for Jeremy Corbyn at Newham Labour leadership rally

PUBLISHED: 23:53 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 24 August 2016

Jeremy Corbyn on stage earlier this evening at the Royal Regency, Manor Park

Jeremy Corbyn on stage earlier this evening at the Royal Regency, Manor Park

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An 800-strong lively audience turned out to see Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour leadership rally this evening.

Jeremy Corbyn poses with MP Diane Abbott and other supportersJeremy Corbyn poses with MP Diane Abbott and other supporters

The electric atmosphere – played out through whoops, cheers and cries of “Jeremy, Jeremy” – greeted the Labour leader as he entered the stage at Manor Park’s Royal Regency.

Mr Corbyn spoke about austerity and the politics of democracy, placing the people and events of Newham at their core.

He said: “We’re here tonight in Newham: London’s youngest borough, Labour’s oldest representation.

“The heart of the Labour party came from this area, the East End.

Natasha Blondell at the Labour leadership rallyNatasha Blondell at the Labour leadership rally

“It gave us Ben Tillet, it gave us George Lansbury - it gave us so much that is in the origins of the Labour party.”

Mr Corbyn also went on to reference the matchgirls strike and the London Docklands strike as important drivers.

He said: “All those great conflicts which helped to change the nature of politics, of trade unions, and which created the Labour party in its current form.”

At the end of the 25-minute speech, the Labour leader was met with an outstanding ovation from the room.

Speaking afterwards, Labour supporter Robbie Gordon said he was impressed by the speech.

The 62-year-old Canning Town resident said: “I just love Jeremy’s calmness. He touches people. He cares deeply about humanity.”

Event volunteer and Royal Docks resident, Natasha Blondell, said she was “thrilled” that the Labour leader had visited Newham.

She said: “This is an area that desperately needs his policies”

Other speakers at the event included MP Diane Abbott, Newham poet and artist Zita Holbourne, plus a number of London Labour councillors.

Newham is one of a number of places being visited by Mr Corbyn as he tours the UK during the Labour leadership contest.

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