Jeremy Corbyn attends Kempston rally on eve of general election

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn attended a rally to support the Bedford & Kempston candidate, Mohammad Yasin

With less than 12 hours until the polling stations open, the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, attended a Labour Party rally in Kempston this evening.

The event, held at the Addison Centre, was due to begin at 5.30pm, but Mr Corbyn arrived almost an hour and a half late.

The gathered crowd passed the time though with sporadic chants of the Seven Nations Army-inspired ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ and were entertained by a soundtrack of Christmas songs and a five-piece choir singing traditional carols.

The Bedford & Kempston candidate, Mohammad Yasin, welcomed Mr Corbyn on stage, saying, “This is the most important election our lifetime.”

Bedford & Kempston is among the most marginal seats in the country and the stakes could not be higher for the Labour and Conservative candidates.

Bedford was the penultimate stop on Corbyn’s 500 mile campaign journey today. He started at a rally in Glasgow at 7am and was heading back to his own constituency in London for the final event of the day.

Mr Corbyn spoke for 10 minutes, covering austerity, public services shortages and fridges.

He also spoke of Labour’s pledges, which include £26bn into the NHS, an end to student fees, their plans to reinstate nurses’ bursaries, support WASPI women and create a green industrial revolution.

Jeremy Corbyn is one of a number of high-profile politicians to visit this key marginal constituency in the run-up to the election.

Read: Prime Minister visits Wixams on the campaign trail

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson visited a building site in Wixams and the Bedford Independent has been invited to meet the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock and Labour activist, Eddie Izzard in the last seven days.

Read: Secretary of State for Health visits Bedford with commitment to NHS

Earlier in the campaign, the Shadow Secretary of State for Policing, Louise Haigh held a Q&A with voters and Liz Truss and Thérèse Coffey have joined the Conservative candidate, Ryan Henson for door-knocking sessions.

It’s clear that both parties feel that the Bedford & Kempston seat is winnable; only time will tell, and it won’t be long until we find out.