'Corbyn mania' hits the North East

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. Credit: PA

More than 1500 Jeremy Corbyn supporters attended a rally on Tyneside for the Labour leadership candidate last night.

Mr Corbyn, who remains the runaway favourite to take control of the party, told crowds outside the Tyne Theatre he had no time for negative campaigning.

Once inside the venue a packed audience welcomed him on stage with roaring applause:

The left-wing politician is leading the polls to win the party's top job, but has been targeted by allegations of dealings with extremists and suggestions that some of his supporters have been targeting Jewish people online.

Former Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have warned of the dangers of electing Mr Corbyn, but bookmakers continue to show him rise in popularity.

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