Jeremy Corbyn rallied a huge crowd at The Level yesterday
And you’d expect nothing less in Brighton
Amidst the crowds of young, liberal millennials and families with children wide-eyed on shoulders stood Jeremy Corbyn quaking with passion as he enthrals the audience. As the sun set over Brighton, the masses who had come to see him watched on eagerly. Jeremy Corbyn – the politician who has resonated with students quite unlike any before him.
The Level was packed with spectators, eager to see the Labour leader in all his glory with the surrounding traffic barely moving with curiosity to the emerging crowd.
After several speakers prior, JC emerges on the stage to the masses, and immediately in doing so he lists of Labours successes over the last year following Labours triumphant gain in supporters – his return to Brighton marks his first time in doing so following Labour’s newfound success with Brighton Kemptown.
Met with much criticism following Labour’s defeat in the most recent election, Corbyn made sure to mention eradicating student debt to the many hundreds of students within the audience. He stated that he wants a stronger education system than ever; fully funded. Corbyn made no attempt to shy away from the Conservatives recent partnership with the DUP; “there may be inadequate funding for the NHS, but there was one billion pounds found for the DUP,” he said, stirring up the crowds with pantomime-esque boos to follow.
“Don’t be unkind, please, please. Ours is a kinder form of politics.” This followed Corbyn on to slate Theresa May’s recent friendship with Donald Trump – met with an audience gleefully booing.
Much in key with Labour’s ethos of emphasising spending for a greater Britain “for the many, not the few” Corbyn went on to say, “public investment should be seen as the basis of prosperity for all of us.” He also mentioned the liabilities of Southern rail and Labour’s aim to renationalise railways to make them more reliable to the public – something that has been the bane of many a Sussex student’s life.
As Corbyn departed the stage to the roar of “Miserlou”, the crowd cheered and the atmosphere was echoing that of a rave – the aroma of weed gently wafting and members of the audience sporting Labour-memorabilia like band tees.
The rally certainly captured the spirit that so heavily appealed to voters in the 18-24 year old bracket. When we attempted to speak to Corbyn following the rally, we were told that he had gone home for some rest ahead of the conference tomorrow – which promises to be the “biggest ever” party conference.