Come together to fight the far right, urges Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn has warned over the rise of the far right at a Labour rally in Merseyside.
The Labour leader gave a speech from a bandstand at the event in Derby Park, Bootle, on Saturday.
He described the danger of the far right and “their simplistic answers which can only breed hatred and division”.
Candidates for the European elections in the North West include English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.
Mr Corbyn compared the “propaganda” being put out by the far right during the European election campaign to the rise of the Nazis in Europe in the 1930s.
He said: “I read the propaganda being put out by the far right in this European election, where they’re blaming Muslims for all the ills of our society.
“Change that language to the language used in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, where they tried to blame Jewish people for all the ills of society. You begin to see where this leads to.
“We have to come together today, not just to oppose the far right but also to analyse what’s happened and above all how we fix it and how we go forward.”
The crowd cheered as Mr Corbyn called for them to come together, defeat the far right and elect Labour politicians.
He said: “We have to stand together for the kind of world and the kind of society that we want to live in.”
About 500 supporters gathered from midday for the rally, which also featured speeches from local campaigners.
The crowd booed when Mr Robinson’s name was mentioned and cheered when one speaker said June would be the “end of May” in a reference to Prime Minister Theresa May standing down.
Speakers urged the crowd to vote in Thursday’s elections to prevent a low turnout benefiting far-right candidates.
Bootle MP Peter Dowd said: “Bootle wants to send the message to these fascists and it’s quite simply ‘get lost’.
“Jeremy will be the next Labour prime minister and we are well on the way to that.”
MPs Dan Carden and Richard Burgon were also at the event, along with Liverpool city region metro mayor Steve Rotherham.