Jeremy Corbyn supporters in South Tyneside and Sunderland are hosting a public meeting to celebrate his impending second victory as leader of the Labour Party.
A public meeting, organised by the Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group, will take place at The Barnes Institute, East Street, Whitburn (SR6 7BY) on Tuesday, September 27, at 7.30pm.
The banner group, with Defend Jeremy Corbyn supporters, have been at the forefront of the campaign in South Tyneside to support Corbyn’s re-election.
Jeremy Corbyn has personally endorsed their numerous well-attended meetings in South Shields and Jarrow over the past six weeks.
John Watson, secretary of the Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group, explained: “While we are delighted Jeremy will win again with what looks like being an increased majority on the 60 per cent last time, this election is something that should never have happened given he was democratically elected leader only 15 months ago.
“Our work now it to continue to defend Corbyn against a faction of MPs in Parliament who don’t want unity or democracy. The best way to do this is to develop a mass, democratic, campaigning, socialist Labour Party that makes decisions from the bottom up, rather than dictates from the top.
“We’ve already recruited around 50 people to the Labour Party and we’d urge anyone interested in our goals to come along to the meeting. The real work to transform the Labour Party into a party that truly represents the interest and needs of working class people starts now.
Mr Watson, 62, a former miner, who worked at Westoe pit for 23 years, said: “It’s great to have a leader of the Labour Party with integrity and the members’ interests at heart, something that has been sadly lacking for a long time.
“Jeremy stood up to being bullied by the 172 Labour MPs who stabbed him in the back, as well as the disgraceful personal attacks by these people. Throughout, he has stood by his socialist principles and has shown he is a true leader.
“We now have to unite around Corbyn and fight back against austerity and attacks by this reactionary Tory government.”