LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn received a rapturous welcome as he took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival.
Corbyn appeared at the Pyramid Stage where he pledged his support to refugees, young people and the environment and took a swipe at US president Donald Trump.
Corbyn said: “Look, on the wall that surrounds this festival and there is a message on that wall for president Donald Trump ... build bridges, not walls.
“What was fascinating about the last seven weeks of election campaigning around Britain is that the commentariat got it wrong, the elites got it wrong.
“Politics is about the lives of all of us and the wonderful campaign that I was proud to lead brought a lot of people back into politics because they believed there was something on offer for them.
“What was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time because they were fed up with being told they don’t matter and that their generation was going to pay more to get less in education, housing, health, pensions and everything else.
I think it’s great that he is getting in touch with young voters
“Well, it didn’t quite work out like that and that politics that got out of the box, is not going back in any box because we are there demanding an achievement of something very different in our society.”
He explained that the five-day festival was about “coming together” and symbolised the importance of the environment and peace.
Corbyn continued: “Let’s stop the denigration of refugees, people looking for a place of safety in a cruel and dangerous world. Let’s support them in their hour of need, not see them as a threat and a danger.”
Spreading his message to global issues, he added: “Let’s tackle the causes of war, the greed for natural resources, the denial of human rights, the irrational imprisonment of political opponents.”
The politician shared his own memories of visiting Glastonbury Tor as a child and described it as a “magical area” and a place where “people come together and achieve things”.
He paid tribute to suffragettes and other people through history who “laid down their lives” for democracy and justice as he condemned racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.
He also praised the festival for inspiring arts and music and for promoting the importance of protecting the environment. He said there was only one earth and joked: “Even Donald Trump doesn’t believe there is another planet somewhere else.”
Michael Vale, 28, from London, said: “I’m not sure they’d get Theresa to do this.
“I wore a Corbyn t-shirt last year. I think he’s a wonderful man and I think it’s great that he is getting in touch with young voters.”
Holly Maddick, 19, from Buckinghamshire, said: “I think he’s a really cool guy.”