Live updates as Jeremy Corbyn speaks at Labour rally in Bristol days before General Election.
The country heads to the polls on Thursday, December 12 ByKate WilsonPolitical EditorAndrew McQuarrie UPDATED15:34, 9 DEC 2019
Jeremy Corbyn is expected to speak at a rally in Bristol today.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking at a huge rally in Bristol today (Monday, December 9).
It comes just three days before the country heads to the polls for the General Election on Thursday, December 12.
During this campaign there has been a noticeable lack of big public events staged by Mr Corbyn – which were plentiful during the 2017 elections.
The Labour leader has already visited the city during this election campaign when he attended an indoor rally in Filton on November 2.Jeremy Corbyn at rally on College GreenVIEW GALLERY
He was joined by Mhairi Threlfall, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke.
Today the rally may look slightly different as Mr Corbyn plans to speak on College Green around 1.30pm – with hundreds of people already expressing an interest to attend.
Bristol’s People Assembly announced the news on Facebook last night (Sunday) and the post has been shared hundreds of times.
Labour is defending all four Bristol seats in this election – one of which is the marginal seat of Bristol North West where there is a risk it could go to the Tories. But it is also hoping to gain seats in South Gloucestershire from the Conservatives.
Bristol Live’s political editor Kate Wilson will be reporting live from the rally. Follow updates below.
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And he’s off!
And after all that, Mr Corbyn is gone and the crowd is starting to disperse too.
The crowd seem thrilled with getting to see him and there are cheers all along the line of onlookers as he makes his way back to his car.
He’s probably going to be late for his 3pm job and he’s heading to the West Midlands today as well..!
By the sounds of it he has a whistle-stop tour of the country planned ahead of Thursday.
Corbyn acknowledges large turnout
Our politics editor says it was hard to hear Mr Corbyn at times, amid the cheers, but she reckons he thanked the crowd, before pulling Bristol’s mayor onto the stage for a photo.
Jeremy Corbyn addressing College Green crowds.
Mr Corbyn moves on to climate change, saying: “Under current trends Britain won’t meet net zero until 2099. Lifetime determination to defend our natural world and make sure the people if this country can live in a sustainable world.”
‘I want schools properly funded’
Jeremy Corbyn talks at a rally on College Green, Bristol (Image: Robin Murray/Bristol Live)
Mr Corbyn says: “I’ve spoken at rallies on this green before. Our young people have been so grievously treated by austerity and this government.
“I want schools properly funded, and to give young people a choice over university or apprenticeships but not a choice of how much debt they will go into.”
‘Secret’ trade talks with US criticised
Mr Corbyn bashes Prime Minister Boris on his “secret talks” with Donald Trump about the NHS.
He says our health service is not for sale.15:09
Corbyn hammers the Tories on NHS
Corbyn shows the crowd the Daily Mirror front page of a boy with pneumonia, adding that the Tories have had nine years to fund the NHS.
The Labour leader has arrived and is addressing the crowd.
Mr Corbyn says: “Very clear choice before the people of this country. Nine years in which four million children living in poverty, nine years of local government and services being cut to the bone and this Christmas 130,000 people across Britain will wake up not knowing if they have a safe and secure home.
“This is what austerity has done. Need to get rid of the government who has brought austerity about.”14:52
Chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’
The traditional cry from Labour supporters is ringing out.14:51
Kate says: “Cheers for Corbyn have started near to central library which makes us think he has finally arrived.”14:50
Marvin Rees works up crowd
Mr Rees tells the crowd: “What would it be like to wake up with a government who wants to work and invest in local government? That is the message of hope we need in this country at the moment.”
Our politics editor says Ms Debbonaire and Mr Rees are working up the crowd about the Labour manifesto promises on council housing and mental health support.
Marvin Rees speaks
Our politics editor Kate Wilson says: “Now Marvin Rees is speaking to the crowd talking about how great it would be to wake up on Friday morning with a Labour government.
“He also said the number of people who showed up at today’s rally is a sign of hope.
“Big cheers for Rees when he talks about Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.”14:43
Debbonaire wants Labour to steal seats from Tories
Ms Debbonaire, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, says activists should keep campaigning in a bid to take seats from the Conservatives in Filton and Bradley Stoke and Kingswood.14:40
Marvin Rees takes stage with Thangam Debbonaire
Ms Debbonaire thanks the crowd for how hard they’re working to get a Labour government on Thursday.
She says: “We’ve had 10 years of cuts and 10 years of Tory rule hurting people who just need a break.”14:36
Students ‘missing college’ to see Labour leader
Some younger people at College Green are skipping their studies for the chance to hear Mr Corbyn , according to our politics editor Kate Wilson.14:25
Still no sign of Corbyn
Kate says some of the crowd are getting restless as Mr Corbyn was expected more than 20 minutes ago.14:03
Officers push the crowd back to make space
Police clear space behind platform
Is Jeremy Corbyn on the verge of emerging?14:00
Kate says: “The music is a nice touch… It’s creating a really joyful atmosphere with people in the crowd having a little dance while they wait for the main attraction to arrive.”13:58
The place is packed
The large crowd is being entertained by music as people count down the minutes until Mr Corbyn’s speech.
Describing the tunes, Kate says: “We had Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher, I believe.”
Bristol mayor expected to speak
Kate says: “Marvin Rees is expected to address the crowd ahead of Jeremy Corbyn.”
She adds that Bristol Labour Party candidates are also thought to appear on the stage.13:34
Around half an hour until Corbyn expected
‘Around 200’ in attendance so far
Our politics editor Kate Wilson will be giving updates from College Green. She writes: “The crowds are still streaming in but so far there are around 200 people gathered on College Green.”
Kate says many more people are expected to arrive before Corbyn takes to the stage at around 2pm.13:23
Labour supporters gather in anticipation of Jeremy Corbyn’s arrival
A rally is being held in College Green this afternoon – and Labour backers are already there in force.