Jeremy Corbyn will lead a march and rally in York this weekend

29 Nov 2019 @ 2.27 pm
| Politics

The first party leader visit of the 2019 general election campaign will take place this weekend.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to lead a march through York and address a rally on Sunday (1 December).

The Labour leader is being filmed during his York visit to provide footage for the party’s final election broadcast.

York Labour has posted about the event on its Facebook page.

They are asking people to meet at 12.15pm in St Helen’s Square. There will be a brief march through the city before finishing in Exhibition Square for speeches.

‘Millions of views’

His appearance in the 2017 election drew a big crowd. Photograph: Richard McDougall
In their social media post, York Labour say:

  • The Labour Party needs you!

    The last scene of the final Labour Party Election Broadcast is being shot in York this Sunday and we’d love it if you could join us.

    The scene involves a group of Labour supporters marching through York with Jeremy Corbyn.

    These videos get millions of views, so your involvement will have a huge impact (and will be very fun!).

    By attending the march with Jeremy, you give consent to have your image used in our Party Election Broadcast.

But the visit is not without controversy. Chair of York Retail Forum Phil Pinder is appealing for him to change his plans and not disrupt one their most important trading weekends.

Phil Pinder said on Twitter:

“It’s absolutely ridiculous, we have struggling High Streets, it was going to be a very busy retail weekend and this disruption could keep people away.

“Hardly a safe place to do it with the security barriers and potential crowds?”

When he addressed a rally during the May 2017 election, Mr Corbyn drew a huge crowd to St Helen’s Square.

Standing alongside York Central Labour candidate Rachael Maskell, he drew large cheers – but was also questioned by a former soldier over his position on military veterans in Northern Ireland.

Ms Maskell is set to be at the event with Mr Corbyn on Sunday.