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Labour leader asked to speak to 130,000 music fans at Glastonbury

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been invited to address more than 130,000 music fans at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The Labour leader has been asked to speak from the main stage on the final day of the hugely popular event, sources have said.

Meanwhile his shadow chancellor John McDonnell has been invited to speak at the festival's Left Field, where music and politics mix.

Jeremy Corbyn has been asked to speak on the final day of Glastonbury Credit: Peter Powell/PA

Union leaders have taken part in debates at Glastonbury in previous years but Mr Corbyn would be the first party leader to appear.

A Labour Party source confirmed Mr Corbyn had been invited.

Labour leader visiting Stroud and Bristol

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: ITV News

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in the west visiting Stroud and Bristol .

He has visited Littlecombe Development, Dursley, to hear about how the site is providing homes, businesses and health services for the local community.

Stroud District Council purchased the site in 2011 and has been developing the site to include a community hospital, houses including affordable homes and a business zone.


MP diagnosed with breast cancer returns to work

Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire is attending her first Parliamentary debate today after an eight-month absence due to breast cancer.

Thangam says music has really helped her recovery Credit: ITV West Country

Thangam, who won the seat for Labour at the election last May, is a former professional musician who still plays the cello in her spare time.

She told us music has helped her recovery from treatment which has seen her undergo an operation to remove a tumour, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Bristol Labour MP to vote against air strikes in Syria

Kerry was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol East in May 2005 Credit: PA Gareth Fuller

MPs are preparing to vote on whether to join coalition airstrikes in Syria. David Cameron called a one-day Commons debate which will begin today (Dec 2) and will finish later today around 10pm.

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, has written a statement on why she has taken the stance to "vote against air strikes".

You can read her full statement here.

Many constituents have expressed their fears that intervention in Syria would significantly increase the risk of attacks on the UK.

Of course, the security of British citizens is of paramount importance to me as an MP, but it is clear that ISIL and similar groups already pose a substantial threat to us all. The horrific attacks in Paris last month are a reminder of this.

It could easily have taken place on British soil. And of course, we should not forget the deaths of 30 British holidaymakers in Tunisia earlier this year. British intelligence agencies have revealed that seven ISIL plots targeting Britain have been foiled in the last year alone, and that there is a clear connection between the threats we face and ISIL headquarters in Raqqa.

It should also be noted that we are already involved in action against ISIL in Iraq, and are providing support to other countries for action against ISIL in Syria.

– Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East


Exeter MP: Jeremy Corbyn has 'never had to make a difficult decision'

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has made his strongest attack so far on the party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Asked by Ian Axton about Mr Corbyn's opposition to airstrikes on Syria, Mr Bradshaw described the leader as being on a learning curve and "never having had to make a difficult decision".

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It's after Mr Corbyn said he was “not happy” that armed officers and special forces had an order to kill extremists.

In response Mr Bradshaw tweeted: “Please tell me it’s not true Jeremy has said that faced with Kalashnikov wielding genocidal fascists our security forces should not shoot.”

The tweet has since been removed.
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