Corbyn addresses sell-out crowd in Doncaster

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Hundreds of people turned up for a sold-out meeting to see Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn speak in Doncaster.

Organisers were forced to arrange an overflow room due to the high number of people who were hoping to see the Islington North MP speak at Doncaster Trades Club on Saturday morning.

The 66-year-old, who is currently the favourite to replace Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband as Labour leader, addressed a 450-strong audience across the two rooms and was joined on the panel by Tosh MacDonald, the General Secretary of the train drivers’ union, the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.

The meeting was organised by ASLEF and Doncaster People’s Assembly.

A spokesman for the Doncaster People’s Assembly said: “The response to the visit to Doncaster by Labour Party leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn proves there is an appetite in Doncaster both to oppose Conservative government austerity measures and to promote an alternative vision of society based on growth through public investment and a rebalance in society based on fair taxes, properly funded public services, support for the vulnerable and a fair and equitable society.”

James Marshall, who attended the meeting, said he was surprised by the high turnout.

“We were told the meeting would be busy, but once seated we were informed that Jeremy was addressing another room first as they couldn’t get everybody in one place,” said James, of Swannington Close, Cantley.

The 22-year-old said: “I’ve never seen such a wide range of people come together in the town for a question and answer session.

“There wasn’t an empty seat in the main venue. People were packed in at the back and around the sides.

“When he came in the room he did so to a standing ovation.

“He really seems to have captured the public’s imagination.

“After he delivered a speech, he took questions and stayed for pictures and a chat with anyone who wanted one afterwards, despite having other meetings to get to.

“There’s no wonder he’s doing so well in the opinion polls.”

Doncaster’s three MPs, Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint – who is currently bidding to become deputy Labour leader – all declined to comment on the response to Mr Corbyn’s visit to the borough.