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Jeremy Corbyn accepts Billy Bragg’s invite to speak at Glastonbury Festival 2016

Labour leader will speak at the Left Field stage on behalf of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been booked to talk at this year’s Glastonbury Festival following an invitation from political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Corbyn, who was elected leader of the Labour Party last September following a surprise nomination, will speak at the Left Field stage on behalf of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Announcing the news via the Glastonbury website, Bragg wrote: “The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has galvanised a new generation of activists and this year at Left Field and we aim to give them a platform to discuss issues around social justice, the economy, gender and the possibilities for genuine change under a Corbyn government.”

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A spokesman for Mr Corbyn told The Mirror: “Jeremy has long been a fan of Glastonbury, and is looking forward to attending as a guest of the CND and the festival organisers.”

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Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis added: “The worker’s beer company and myself started the Left Field tent, following our tradition of campaigning for CND and helping the miners who were totally destroyed by Maggie [Thatcher] in the Eighties. And before that there was the huge surge of interest in the green movement’s efforts to clean up our country when the eco warriors arrived here in all their glory in the seventies.”

Glastonbury Festival runs this year from June 22-26. Adele, Coldplay and Muse will headline the Pyramid Stage. See the full Glastonbury Festival line-up so far.

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