Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn to speak in Doncaster

Jeremy Corbyn is set to speak in Doncaster this weekend
Jeremy Corbyn is set to speak in Doncaster this weekend

Jeremy Corbyn - the front-runner to replace Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, as Labour leader - is set to visit the borough this weekend for a question and answer session.

Mr Corbyn, who is currently the bookies’ favourite to win the leadership contest, is set to speak at a rally at the Doncaster Trades Club in the Frenchgate shopping centre on Saturday morning from 10am.

The meeting has been arranged by the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, and is being supported by the Doncaster People’s Assembly.

A spokesman for the Doncaster People’s Assembly said: “Jeremy’s attendance in Doncaster will help greatly in highlighting the opposition to austerity and setting out an alternative vision of a more progressive society.

They continued: “Doncaster People’s Assembly is the main organisation in Doncaster campaigning against the Government cuts and has taken a number of actions to highlight the devastating effect these cuts will have on the people of Doncaster.” 

As of Monday, August 3, Jeremy Corbyn is the favourite to win the Labour leadership contest next month with 13/7 odds.

Shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, is the bookies’ second favourite to win with 7/4, while Yvette Cooper has odds of 3/1. Liz Kendall is the outsider at 66/1.

Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, who stepped down as Labour leader in May after a crushing defeat in the general election is yet to back any of the four candidates.

Meanwhile, Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, has seen her bid to become deputy Labour leader boosted this week, after a string of MPs including two shadow ministers, have switched their support from other candidates to back Ms Flint who is seen as a centrist counterweight to Mr Corbyn.

Ms Flint, the Shadow Energy Secretary, has also secured the backing of 23 Labour council leaders and three trade unions – Usdaw, Community and the Musicians’ Union.

The constituency Labour Party nominations for leadership and deputy leadership candidates closed on Friday