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LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Thurrock yesterday, ahead of next month’s general election.
Mr Corbyn’s trip to the borough was organised to campaign in support of John Kent – former leader of Thurrock Council – who is contesting the marginal seat.
Mr Kent did not accompany Mr Corbyn as he addressed a crowd of supporters and campaigners on a housing estate off of London Road, West Thurrock.
Mr Corbyn spoke for roughly 15 minutes, telling spectators: “Right now, in Telford in the Midlands, the area where I grew up, the Conservative Party is launching its manifesto – a manifesto paid for by billionaires, written for billionaires and will be delivered for billionaires, but the problem is the rest of us will have to pay for it.
“Nine years of austerity has seen poverty levels that I never thought I’d see again in this country.
“Nine years of austerity has seen investment in luxury homes kept empty as an investment opportunity for the super-rich.
“Nine years of austerity has seen 150 billionaires in Britain.
“Nine years of austerity has seen roughly 25 per cent loss in spending power of working-class communities.
“It doesn’t have to be like this.”
Mr Kent is taking on Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price in the Thurrock seat at the December 12 general election.
At the 2017 general election, Mrs Doyle-Price narrowly beat Mr Kent, with 39.50 per cent of the vote compared to 38.82 per cent – a majority of just 345 votes.
Also standing are Ben Harvey for the Green Party, Stewart Stone for the Liberal Democrats and independent James Woollard.