Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gala Shows What Leader's Opponents Will Be Up Against

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gala Shows What Leader's Opponents Will Be Up Against

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com @laurahillnews

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn reach up to shake his hand during his appearance at the Durham Miners' Gala Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn reach up to shake his hand during his appearance at the Durham Miners' Gala LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn may be set to face a leadership challenge - but he was among friends in the North East at the weekend.

Mr Corbyn greeted by cheers and chants of "Corbyn stays" at the 132nd Big Meeting.

Thousands of people gathered at annual Miners' Gala in Durham to listen to his address, proving that, despite hostility from most of his MPs, the Labour leader appears to have won over the party's traditional northern heartlands.

Mr Corbyn said: "There is no pressure on me, none whatsoever, the real pressure is when you don't have enough money to feed your kids, when you don't have a roof over your head, when you're wondering how you're going to survive. That is the real pressure in our society. Those people struggling on low pay, on zero hour contracts, that's the brutal pressure put on people every day of the week."

Mr Corbyn told supporters young and old that his landslide leadership victory last year was "a victory for everyone who believes in a really just society, those that believe that socialist ideas and socialism is the way forward.

It was people believing things together".

He went on to call for a full inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave during the miners' strike of 1984-85 and said mining communities in the North have "unfinished business".

He said: "There is some unfinished business for the miners' strikers. Unfinished business for the communities, who have been ignored and neglected by greedy governments, especially Tory governments.

"That's what Thatcher hated, the communities coming together. …

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