Cor­byn in Ban­gor

LABOUR LEADER AIMS TO UN­SEAT TORIES – AND PLAID CYMRU TOO

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Bren­nan

LABOUR leader Jeremy Cor­byn spoke to a crowd of al­most two thou­sand in Ban­gor as he con­tin­ued in cam­paign mode two months af­ter the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

He vis­ited the Aber­conwy and Ar­fon con­stituen­cies, seats that his party came close to win­ning in June.

He told sup­port­ers: “Let’s get ready to do it all again, to get the Tories out and make sure we get a Labour MP here in Ar­fon.”

Speak­ing ahead of cam­paign­ing in the mar­ginal con­stituen­cies in North Wales, he said: “The next Labour gov­ern­ment will trans­form our econ­omy.

“We will de­velop the jobs, skills, in­fra­struc­ture and in­dus­tries of the fu­ture through an in­vest­ment-led ap­proach, sup­ported by our Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Fund and a Welsh de­vel­op­ment bank, build­ing on the Welsh Labour Gov­ern­ment’s De­vel­op­ment Bank of Wales.

“Peo­ple in Wales need a gov­ern­ment in West­min­ster that is on their side. Prices are surg­ing ahead of wages, as all but the rich­est face a lost decade un­der the Tories.

“Peo­ple need a pay rise – Labour will bring in a £10 min­i­mum wage by 2020 and end the pub­lic sec­tor pay cap – and bills to be brought un­der con­trol.

“We will end the rip-off of pri­va­tised rail and in­tro­duce an emer­gency en­ergy price cap while we cre­ate the op­tion of a pub­licly-owned en­ergy sys­tem, to put money and con­trol back in peo­ple’s hands.

“I’m cam­paign­ing in the Con­ser­va­tive-held mar­ginal of Aber­conwy and Plaid-held Ar­fon as part of Labour’s sum­mer cam­paign in mar­ginal con­stituen­cies across the coun­try.

“We can win here and form the next gov­ern­ment that will work for the many not the few.”

Vis­it­ing the Ty Ha­pus com­mu­nity cen­tre in Llan­dudno Mr Cor­byn met with com­mu­nity ac­tivist There­sea Evans whose son Lly­we­lyn, died on duty while serv­ing in the armed forces in Iraq.

Af­ter­wards he spoke to a large crowd packed into a city cen­tre park af­ter a last minute change of venue over con­cerns about ca­pac­ity on Ban­gor’s High Street.

An­gle­sey MP Al­bert Owen said that the coun­try needed as many Labour MPs as pos­si­ble as they look to un­seat the Plaid Cymru MP, Hy­wel Wil­liams.

“Plaid Cymru have had their chance, they’ve been the es­tab­lish­ment here for decades and peo­ple want change. The only change they’ll get is from the real party of Wales and that’s the Labour party,” he said.

Mr Cor­byn was con­fronted by a sea of Euro­pean Union flags af­ter anti-Brexit cam­paign­ers dis­trib­uted them among the crowd. He told his au­di­ence they had to ac­cept Brexit but Bri­tain needs to se­cure tar­iff free ac­cess to Euro­pean mar­kets to pro­tect jobs.

His words dis­ap­pointed Cor­byn sup­port­ing ac­tivists who are against Brexit.

Cam­paigner Si­mone Jones, who had trav­elled from Holy­well, said: “I’m here to try and get the Labour Party back to where it should be which is fight­ing for the Euro­pean Union not try­ing to get us out.”

At the time of go­ing to press Guto Bebb, Con­ser­va­tive MP for Aber­conwy and Hy­well Wil­liams, Plaid Cymru MP for Ar­fon, could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn greets sup­port­ers at a Ban­gor rally

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