Hundreds sign up for Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn’s rally in Sheffield

Picture Shows Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addressing Labour members and supporters at his policy launch at the Carriageworks in Leeds, West Yorkshire.''Ian Hinchliffe / Rossparry.co.uk
Picture Shows Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addressing Labour members and supporters at his policy launch at the Carriageworks in Leeds, West Yorkshire.''Ian Hinchliffe / Rossparry.co.uk
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More than 900 people have secured places to see Labour leader front runner Jeremy Corbyn speak in Sheffield this weekend.

He will visit Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Saturday August 29, which is just two weeks before the new leader of the party is to be announced after a long leadership contest.

Former leader Ed Miliband, the MP for Doncaster North, stood down just hours after the general election victory by the Conservatives.

Organisers of Saturday’s rally say that the 900 spaces for inside the Crucible had been taken up shortly after the visit was announced.

They said: “The 900 seat Crucible rally tickets were snapped up online in under twelve hours and since the weekend arrangements have been made for an overflow meeting in Tudor Square.”

Those without tickets can attend the open air meeting at Tudor Square.

Mr Corbyn, the MP for Islington North and the most left wing of the four leadership candidates, will address that at 2pm before heading inside The Crucible to speak to the crowds there.

The other candidates are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

Those in the running for deputy leadership include South Yorkshire MP Caroline Flint, who represents Don Valley, Tom Watson, Ben Bradshaw, Stella Creasy and Angela Eagle. John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, withdrew.

Both results will be announced on Saturday, September 12.