Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

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26 June, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn intends to scrap the UK's Trident nuclear programme as soon as possible, according to the founder of the Glastonbury festival, Michael Eavis.

The American rockers will take over the main Pyramid Stage, two years after frontman Dave Grohl fell off a stage and injured his leg, forcing the group to cancel their festival appearance.

Mr Corbyn gave a stirring speech before introducing Run The Jewels, and was also due to give a talk at the Left Field stage at 4.30pm.

"They were fed up with being denigrated, fed up with being told they don't matter, fed up with being told they never participate and utterly fed up with being told that their generation was going to pay more to get less".

Mr Corbyn joins deputy leader Tom Watson as well as Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls, who have already been seen on the 900-acre site in Pilton, Somerset. It's been incredible. We work so hard on this festival, that you can nearly forget how good it is.

It's thought that the crowd for Jeremy Corbyn was one of the biggest to congregate at the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury history and people were still making their way out of the area a full 20 minutes later. He told a headliner-sized crowd that millions of young people who voted for him would not be silenced or sidelined. We're playing Iceland, Latvia, Scandinavia, then we're doing the Glastonbury Festival in England, we're going to Paris, doing some stuff in Spain, kind of bouncing around a little bit.

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Talking about the importance of tackling climate change, discrimination and poverty, he went on to quote a verse from Masque of Anarchy by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to huge cheers.

In another swipe at Mr Trump, Mr Corbyn said: "On the wall that surrounds this festival and there is a message on that wall for President Donald Trump - build bridges, not walls".

He said: "We will think through these ideas, when the next election comes and I hope it will be very, very soon".

Ye are many - they are few.

He was also spotted pouring pints for revellers and meeting emergency services staff at the annual event which concludes on Sunday night.

Building a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop the influx of refugees and undocumented migrants coming from Central and Latin America was a hallmark of Trump's presidential campaign.


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