Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn received a rapturous welcome as he took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

Corbyn was pictured at the event pulling pints of beer for joyful music fans, and his name has also become a festival chant for revelers.

In astonishing scenes for a music festival, an estimated 135,000 Glasto revelers congregated at the Pyramid stage to watch Corbyn give a rousing 20 minute speech before USA rap duo Run the Jewels took to the stage.

Any such move would be hard to get past the party's conference, in view of opposition from Mr Corbyn's trade union backers.

The chant was sung by thousands of festival goers queuing to get into the site on Wednesday morning.

"Do you know, politics is actually about everyday life?" he asked the Pyramid Stage audience who had, moments earlier, been dancing to Craig David.

Mr Glastonbury himself, Michael Eavis, told us he was thrilled to give Mr Corbyn a platform to further celebrate his success. "Michael, you paved the way for all of us... you paved the way for the spirit of great messages", Corbyn said.

Corbyn, a 68-year-old leftist, has not only survived attempts by some members of his own party to oust him but has also now led Labour to unexpected electoral gains against the Conservatives.

"The young people who got involved in politics for the first time are fed up with being, denigrated, fed up with being told they don't matter, don't participate..."

Towards the end of his speech, he quoted Percy Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy, written in 1819: "Rise, like lions after slumber/ In unvanquishable number!/ Shake your chains to earth like dew/ Which in sleep had fallen on you:/ Ye are many - they are few!"

'I think he has a fundamental sense of justice, of real political change, of being anti-war and anti-nuclear.

"See you later, Theresa, just shut the door on the way out", Thom Yorke said after his performance of No Surprises.

Building a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop the influx of refugees and undocumented migrants coming from Central and Latin America was a hallmark of Trump's presidential campaign.

A Labour source said the remarks may have been "paraphrased" by Mr Eavis, adding: "Jeremy Corbyn has made clear he is keen to fight the next election which it is speculated could be in the next six months".

  • Rogelio Becker