VIDEO: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in last-ditch plea to Rother Valley voters

By David Parker | 11/12/2019

VIDEO: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in last-ditch plea to Rother Valley voters
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters at Dinnington Resource Centre

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Dinnington today (Wednesday) hours before campaigning was due to stop in a last-ditch attempt to persuade voters in Rother Valley to back Sophie Wilson.

About 150 Labour supporters turned up at Dinnington Resource Centre to greet Mr Corbyn during his whistle-stop tour of the country.

Polls have predicted that the Rother Valley seat could be a close-run contest between Labour and the Conservatives.

During his speech, Mr Corbyn pledged a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave, support for the WASPI women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) and to rebalance the mineworker's pension scheme.

“I’m here because our Labour Party is determined to create a different, fairer and better society, but it’s not forgetting what went on in the past," he said.

"I'm very pleased to see the Orgreave banner up there... and to make it very clear, a Labour government will open a public inquiry into Orgreave.

"And there are many other wrongs of the past that have to be righted, one of which is the disgraceful treatment of the WASPI women by this Government and by the coalition Government after 2010 when they basically took a pension away from them in the same way the mineworker's pension scheme has been so grievously mishandled by the Government.

"Many miners have lost out. We will rebalance the whole miners' pension scheme, to ensure justice for the mineworkers as well."

Lifeling Labour voter Josephine Simpson (80), of Stradbroke, Sheffield, met Mr Corbyn and presented him with a Christmas card from another supporter. She told him, “I hope you get in”.

Mr Corbyn presented her with a signed copy of the Labour manifesto and posed for a picture.

Mrs Simpson told the Advertiser: “I have been a fan of Jeremy’s for a long, long time and I have voted Labour ever since I could vote.

“It’s marvellous to meet him – he’s a lovely bloke.”

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