Corbyn rallies troops and pledges new style of education system

Labour’s new candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke will win the seat in the next election.

This is what party members heard when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at St Michael’s Centre in Stoke Gifford earlier this month.

Bristol city councillor for Eastville and cabinet member for transport and connectivity Mhairi Threlfall, will be taking on Conservative MP Jack Lopresti, who won the last election with a 4,190 majority.

Mr Corbyn told the Filtonvoice that the seat will be a ‘very high priority’ for Labour.

He was visiting the constituency as it is one of the marginal seats Labour is targeting in a bid to win the next election.

Ms Threlfall, an entrepreneur from Edinburgh, says that she is aware of the difficulties that people in the constituency face, including traffic congestion, issues with the new Universal Credit system, cuts to education and the impact of Brexit on local jobs.

In a press briefing, Mr Corbyn referred to Airbus and the importance of securing a ‘serious trade deal’ with Europe in order to save jobs.

Mr Corbyn said: “We are working on our economic development model for the country, which is about investment in the future of manufacturing, better infrastructure in this country and trade relationship with Europe that protects jobs – and crucially to make sure that Airbus stays here.

“I fully understand Airbus’ position and it means there must be an open trade deal with Europe, otherwise why would they make engines here? And the same for Rolls Royce.”

Speaking directly to the Filtonvoice, Mr Corbyn explained his plans for a ‘cradle-to-grave’ National Education System, which would ensure learning is free at the point of access.

He also said that a Labour government would encourage parity of esteem between vocational and academic education, as he feels that vocational courses have been treated as ‘second-class options’ in the UK.

Mr Corbyn was also joined by Dawn Butler, Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, who – alongside the Labour leader – launched proposals earlier on in the day for an Emancipation Educational Trust which would see lessons on black history become part of the school curriculum.

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About Rebecca Day

I’m a Bristol-based journalist and media consultant, specialising in communications and marketing for local schools.