Jeremy Corbyn visits Liverpool(November 09, 2015)
Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, was in Liverpool last week following an invitation from Steve Rotheram MP to visit the City.
The last time Mr Corbyn was in Liverpool he was in the midst of a Labour Leadership contest, giving a rousing speech to almost 1000 people at a TUC rally in the Adelphi Hotel.
Three months on and he made his journey up North as Leader of the Opposition.
Arriving into Lime Street at 10.20am he was swiftly on the road, making his way to Cunard Building for a meeting with Mayor Joe Anderson along with Liverpool MPs and Local Councillors.
The meeting was an opportunity for the Liverpool representatives to present Jeremy with key facts and figures pertaining to Liverpool and how Government Policies have had a detrimental effect on the region.
A range of issues were discussed in the meeting from Housing, Unemployment, Funding and Transport.
The next engagement took place at the £25 million development and State of the Art Mental Health Hospital, Clock View, based in the Liverpool Walton constituency.
Both Steve Rotheram MP and the newly appointed Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger MP, were present.
Jeremy has stressed the importance of Mental Healthcare in the past and took the opportunity to engage with staff members of the hospital.
During the visit Jeremy, Steve and Luciana were given a tour of the facilities by Joe Raffery, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust, who provided an insight of the day-to-day work of the hospital and information about the facility.
In the afternoon, at Steve’s refurbished constituency office awaited Local Councillor’s, Labour Party members, staff and friends to greet Mr Corbyn. After a quick sandwich and meeting with Trade Union officials, Mr Corbyn gave a short speech before officially unveiling a plaque of the office and taking photographs with attendees.
The next visit was at the joint Merseyside Fire and Police command centre situated in Bootle. Chief Constable Jon Murphy and Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens both gave a short presentation to Mr Corbyn on their respective authorities, highlighting the devastating impact Government cut-backs have had on the Merseyside blue-light services.
Discussions took place between Mr Corbyn, local politicians and representatives from the authorities.
Finally, the Labour Leader made his way to the University of Liverpool where he met with Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer to discuss Higher Education.
Shortly after he was escorted to Mountford Hall where over 900 students awaited his arrival for a much anticipated speech to the Guild of Students. Cheered onto stage following introductions by Steve Rotheram MP and Margaret Greenwood MP, true to form, the Labour Leader delivered a passionate speech.
Urging students to become active Mr Corbyn said:
“Doing nothing is not an option. Doing something is an option. Doing everything you can. Our rights and democracy didn’t come from the divine right of kings and queens. Every single step of the way our rights were fought for. Stood up for the rights of trade unions, women, LGBT, against racism. They were prepared to go out and demonstrate”.
Upon conclusion of his speech students took to their feet to offer a rapturous applause, with a strong sense of excitement throughout the hall, Jeremy left to answer questions from student media and took photographs with Liverpool Young Labour.