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Jeremy Corbyn MP and John McDonnell MP visit Great Yarmouth

Jeremy Corbyn MP and John McDonnell MP visit Great Yarmouth 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP visited Great Yarmouth on 23rd October 2017 to speak with young members and students at a specially arranged question time event at Christchurch Church. During the hour-long question and answer event, over 200 local students, members and young people were able to pose their questions about Labour policies and what a Labour government would mean for Britain.

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Christchurch in King Street was filled to capacity on Saturday 21st October when Great Yarmouth Young Labour hosted Question Time with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

The centre of the hall was filled with the young members, students, young people and children accompanied by their parents who were to be the focus of the session. There was an atmosphere of excited anticipation and then a hush followed by cheers as three politicians arrived in the front of the hall. The event was open to all members and a wide number of people were called upon for questions. 

Our Youth Officer, Andrew Booth, made a warm and friendly speech of welcome to John, Jeremy who then made a spirited introductory speech before turning the chair over to Alex Mayer MEP to Chair the Q & A session.

Many people had the chance to put questions on a diverse range of issues, the questions were accepted in groups and then answered individually, with Jeremy and John addressing each questioner by name and covering such topics as business (and the lack of local opportunities), transport (or lack of it here), education for all, social housing, mental health and the NHS. Jeremy very kindly gave some additional time to speak with a group of attendees about local educational issues

In summing up, our guests declared and promised that the next Labour Manifesto would be written by us, for the many, not the few.

It was a wonderful evening which ended with cupcakes and photographs and Jeremy Corbyn refusing to be hurried so people had a chance to talk to him. A big thank you to all the team who helped organise Saturday’s event and everyone who came and made it the success it was!

--Susanna Taylor (Greenwood)

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