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Jeremy Corbyn meets local Labour party members in West Kirby

By Farai Muzavazi at

Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation when he met local Labour party members at West Kirby Methodist Church on Saturday.

He was introduced to the stage by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West, and addressed the crowd ahead of the local elections in May.

Mr Corbyn spoke on what he felt were some of the major issues facing not just Labour members, but the electorate as a whole.

Jeremy Corbyn meets local Labour member John Durrant

Jeremy Corbyn meets local Labour member John Durrant

When asked by West Kirby Today, about changing his mind on Europe, he said: “I have not changed my mind. What I have said all along is that I want to develop a social Europe.

“A Europe of social justice. A Europe opposing austerity instead of imposing it and a Europe of cooperation.”

The crowd gathered to watch Jeremy Corbyn speak

The crowd gathered to watch Jeremy Corbyn speak

“If we remain in the European Union we can work with progressive forces. I am not in it for a free market. I am in it for a democracy and opposition to austerity.”

He also spoke about the ramifications of the April 2016 Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne and the academisation of schools in England and Wales. He said that by taking schools out of local authority control, they would no longer be properly held accountable which was why the Labour Party would be fighting the bill.

He described the Panama papers scandal as a prime example of a need for a fairer society. Mr Corbyn finished his speech by telling the local Labour members that he would push for more inclusion of ideas from members of the Party, so that by the 2020 elections, policies would not just be clear, but of the people, from the people, by the people.