Labour's Corbyn puts politics center stage at Glastonbury Festival

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told Glastonbury festival goers yesterday that seeing young people getting involved in United Kingdom politics had been an inspiration for him.

In an election held earlier this month, Corbyn's Labour Party dealt a heavy blow to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister May who had called for a snap election in hopes of getting an increased majority ahead of Brexit negotiations.

The politician, who is popular with Britain's young voters, was set to introduce United States hip hop duo Run The Jewels.

Performers at this year's Glastonbury included Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran.

"But what was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time because they were fed up with being denigrated, fed up with being told they don't matter [and] fed up with being told they never participate", he said to cheers from the crowd.

In a wide-ranging speech covering environmental issues as well as racism, Corbyn also spoke about the recent general election, saying he was proud of his party's campaign, which he said brought "a lot of people back into politics".

During his speech, Corbyn thanked Michael Eavis for inviting him down to Glastonbury, and praised the environment that the festival had crafted for creatives. There's a message for president Donald Trump.

Speaking a few minutes after Corbyn's mid-afternoon speech, twenty-nine-year-old Lewis James from Kent said he was moved to tears by what he heard: "It's very rare that your generation get a moment in time when you can start to change the tide and the tide will start to turn I was in tears watching him".

She said she was not surprised by his support among young people, having seen his popularity rise on social media.

Overall, the Conservatives lost 13 seats and Labour gained 30.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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