Op-ed: Friday evening Jeremy Corbyn was in Sheffield for an open air rally.
Wet weather did not dampen the event or the spirit of those taking part.
The crowds turned out for Corbyn but the five local MPs did not. That is pretty much the same story as here in Hull. Here our three local Labour MPs were noticeable by their absence at a huge Corbyn rally in late July.
The Daily Mirror covered the Sheffield event. Their report titled "Hero worship for Jeremy Corbyn as thousands turn up at Sheffield rally" begins with "A spot of drizzle wasn't enough to put off the people of the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire."
Presumably that sells papers these days.
Hero worship? Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire?
A quick check and I see the report is penned by Mikey Smith a political reporter at the Mirror. I have discovered lately that I can easily spot this guy's work especially when it refers to Corbyn.
So enough of that and we will share the following from Jo Riches Corbyn's local campaign manager who posted this on social media Friday evening "On way home from an exhilarating couple of days in Sheffield. Awesome events with wonderful people - huge thanks to all at Momentum Sheffield, the Trades Council, Unite the Union, our speakers and everyone who did so much in a short space of time. The rally was easy organisationally compared to the Ken Loach film - but I know all the efforts have paid off. Proud to be part of Team Corbyn. It was wonderful being a Regional Organiser last year but feel so much closer as part of the team in the whole campaign this year. Brilliant support as ever from Marshajane, James and Yannis."
Scout aroumd online for images and footage from people at the rally.
Social media is bound to have plenty to share.
You can then make up your own mind whether it was a good event or not.
If you like what you see Mr Corbyn is in Harrogate Saturday and there are more events scheduled.
Op-ed: Acclaimed film maker Ken Loach has joined the so-called Corbyn circus as it rolled into Sheffield Friday.
A former Labour political hopeful and wealthy donor, Michael Foster, was published widely in the mainstream media last weekend calling the Corbyn leadership election 2016 campaign a circus and causing anger with his choice of words to describe supporters at rallies; he used the term Nazi stormtroopers and refused to apologise instead defending his verbal attack.
But many ordinary people are supporting Jeremy Corbyn and want him to stay on as Labour Party leader.
In Sheffield Friday living legend and lifelong socialist Ken Loach is turning his film making talents on Corbyn supporters. Loach has already gone on record to support Corbyn.
Mr Corbyn arrived in Sheffield Friday morning by train.
"The politician was pictured arriving at the railway station and posing for pictures with fans after stepping from his train - including larking around and making faces for a youngster and her mum" reports the Star.
As always Corbyn manages to charm without effort. It does not come across as staged or political opportunity just a genuine man responding to people.
Friday many parts of the country are experiencing heavy rain and Sheffield could be someting of a damp squib tonight; it is doubtful though that will dampen enthusiam or limit the number of people attending. A few thousand supporters turned out in Liverpool recently for a Corbyn rally in spite of the rain.
"Fri 19 Aug 2016, 6pm-8pm, Barkers Pool, outside City Hall, city centre - Jeremy Corbyn is coming to Sheffield for a public open air "Jeremy4Labour" rally. Let's hope Sheffield gives him as big a turnout as his last visit! (Rumour has it that Ken Loach will be there as well, to film the event.)
Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock held a disastrous rally in Sheffield in 1992.
He arrived by helicopter and with a great deal of razzmatazz.
What followed was an American styled rally that was embarrassing to watch. Whichever spin doctor or campaign manager was responsible was over paid and not fit for purpose.
That rally was in a stadium but Corbyn's is outside in the city to keep costs down; he is not for sale to the highest bidder, donor or lobbyist.
But in the end Kinnock, caught in the moment, let down his own campaign and Labour supporters. Labour lost the 92 election and as they say the rest is history.
Mr Corbyn is a substance over style veteran politician and hopefully his rally in Sheffield will be a huge success.
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