'You'll be seeing a lot of me here' – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledges to help win Stevenage seat from the Tories at the next election as he tours space firm's headquarters

PUBLISHED: 14:01 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:06 17 November 2016

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is shown around Airbus UK with leader of Stevenage council Sharon Taylor and Airbus UK director Andrew Stroomer.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is shown around Airbus UK with leader of Stevenage council Sharon Taylor and Airbus UK director Andrew Stroomer.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Stevenage is going to be seeing a lot of Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to the next general election.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is shown around Airbus UK.Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is shown around Airbus UK.

That was the Labour Party leader’s message as he visited Airbus Defence and Space in Gunnels Wood Road this morning.

He told the Comet: “I’m going to be backing the elected candidate for Stevenage to win the seat at the next general election. We need a Labour MP for Stevenage.

“We will be out on the streets in North Herts, defending the principles of the NHS, adult social care and proper mental health services.”

Mr Corbyn also spoke out on the contentious issue of train services for commuters.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during a more jovial moment of his tour around Airbus UK.Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during a more jovial moment of his tour around Airbus UK.

Asked what he thought about Govia Thameslink’s new timetable consultations which would see train services from Stevenage to Watton-at-Stone and Hertford replaced by bus services, he said: “I have a message for Govia – the purpose of a railway is to carry passengers and I think trains should stop at stations to pick up passengers.

“The train service to Stevenage is great and it should be the same at Watton-at-Stone and all the other stations.”

Mr Corbyn spent time chatting to Airbus staff about their work on satellite development.

He pledged to fight for greater investment in Airbus and other Hertfordshire businesses and praised the contribution they make to the economy.

He said it is vital to maintain a ‘good collaborative relationship’ with Europe post Brexit, so European businesses like Airbus will continue to invest in the UK, and said it was vital to help youngsters get the right qualifications to progress into careers at companies like it.

On the subject of welfare, he said he would be watching the movie ‘I, Daniel Blake’ this evening along with many other Labour Party members across the UK.

He said the film was ‘very moving’ as it highlights key issues the party is campaigning for such as support for disabled people.

“Don’t punish them, support them and their carers”, he said.

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