Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was greeted with huge cheers and applause by supporters as he rolled into Sheffield last night on the latest leg of the general election campaign.
Some had waited patiently for hours in the Shirecliffe Community Centre car park to get the chance to meet Mr Corbyn. The Labour leader posed for selfies and spoke individually to dozens afer his speech.
Addressing the 400-strong crowd, Mr Corbyn promised to increase spending on the NHS, police, bring back grants for students and provide free meals to Sheffield primary children, while getting tough on tax dodgers.
He promised from ‘day one’ of his Labour Governement for a full enquiry into the events at Orgreave during the miners strike, which prompted huge cheers.
Corbyn praised Brightside & Hillsborough MP Gill Furniss for ‘standing up for Sheffield’ and ‘for the steel industry’.
“Gill has fought for the steel industry as we all do,” he said. He added a Labour government would fight on the side of the workers in the event of any future steel industry crisis. He said his government would not ignore the steel communities and would maintain a ‘strong and stable’ steel industry in Britain.
“I’m proud she’s a Labour MP and for fighting Sheffield’s corner,” he added.
The event was organised by Mrs Furniss who was elected in a by-election last May, following the death of her husband Harry Harpham who was the sitting MP.
Mr Corbyn said: “He was a fantastic MP and he wasn’t here long enough to take on all the things he wanted to do but what a wonderful man he was.I was thinking back to the days of the miners strike and all the brutality that went with it and the way he stood up for his principles and everything which he and many others suffered for.
“When Theresa May first became Prime Minister - I was thinking of the question I would put to her first. When are you going to have an open, public inquiry into the events at Orgreave? She didn’t answer then, the Home Secretary hasn’t answered since but from day one of a Labour Government, there will be an inquiry into Orgreave.”