Jeremy Corbyn cancels speech at rally following fresh calls for general election

jeremy corbyn cancels speech at rally following fresh calls for general election - Jeremy Corbyn cancels speech at rally following fresh calls for general election

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled his speech at a rally in Bristol tonight (October 24) in order to deal with business back in Westminster.

Mr Corbyn was expected to speak at around 9.20pm at the event, which is being held at the Marble Factory, Motion, in Avon Street.

The rally still went ahead this evening, with the packed crowd told just before the Labour leader was due to take to the stage that he would not be attending.

The cancellation came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to Mr Corbyn urging him to back his latest push for a general election.

The PM has asked MPs to back a motion for an election to be held on December 12, with the sweetener of offering them more time to scrutinise his Brexit deal.

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Following the offer, Mr Corbyn said Labour was not prepared to back the move until it was clear a no-deal Brexit was completely off the table.

A Labour Party source said: “Due to meetings in Parliament Jeremy Corbyn was sadly unable to attend a rally in Bristol this evening.

“Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon spoke on his behalf and Jeremy has sent a video message to be played at the rally.”

His decision to stay in Westminster to deal with the issue left hundreds of Labour supporters who attended the event in Bristol disappointed.

During his speech Mr Corbyn was expected to  set out Labour’s plans to “deliver a better future”.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees opened the event this evening to cheers from the expectant crowd.

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