Jeremy Corbyn to make appearance at Sunderland rally

Jeremy Corbyn could make an appearance at a forthcoming Sunderland rally
Jeremy Corbyn could make an appearance at a forthcoming Sunderland rally
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Under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been lined up to be guest of honour at a rally supporting his leadership campaign in Sunderland, this week.

Corbyn, who is currently in battle with Owen Smith MP for the leadership, will make an appearance at the event taking place in Keel Square on Friday.

The event has been organised to coincide with his visit to the North East.

His presence on the platform will be fresh from the Labour leader going head to head with the man vying for his position at a hustings in Gateshead the previous night.

Coun David Allan, one of the rally's organisers, said: "Jeremy Corbyn will be coming to Sunderland on Friday to speak to the people of the city as to why he should remain as Labour leader and be the next Prime Minister for Britain.

"When we found out he was visiting Gateshead for the hustings we invited him to speak at the rally in Sunderland and he accepted. He is trying to get around as many places as he can to speak to ordinary people in their communites.

"He has a lot of supporters in Sunderland with councillors, party members and residents."

The Labour leader is on the campaign trail ahead of elections in September which will determine whether he will remain as leader.

Coun Allan added: "Nominations are taking place as to who the CLPs want as leader. At the moment we have 153 that have nominated Jeremy Corbyn and only 25 who have nominated his opponent."

Jeremy Corbyn will be one of a number of speakers who will take their place on the platform at the rally which will take place from 11.30am on Friday.