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Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour unity at Durham Miners' Gala and vows to return as prime minister

Published 09/07/2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech during the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse, Durham. PA
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech during the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse, Durham. PA
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Crowds listen to speakers including Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: An enthusiastic supporter cheers after meeting Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn meets enthusiastic supporters after his speech at the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn signs autographs for supporters following his speech during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn signs autographs for supporters following his speech during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A colliery band marches through the city centre during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Crowds listen to speakers including Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Veteran MP and former miner Dennis Skinner addresses gathered crowds during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Crowds listen to speakers including Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses thousands of people during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses thousands of people during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A highland dancer performs with the pipes and drums during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses thousands of people during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Woman sit behind fencing as they enjoy the day during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Youngsters dressed as miners march during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A placard supporting Jeremy Corbyn is attached to railings during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A young boy leans against railings during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A man stands with his dog as he watches the colliery bands march past during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Youngsters dressed as miners march during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A colliery banner for Durham Aged Miners Association is led through the city during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A woman applauds as the colliery bands and banners march past during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Youngsters dressed as miners march during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Two women sit on a blanket as they watch the bands march past during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A colliery bands leads their banner during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A woman gives a thumbs up as she walks with her union banner during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A young boy sits on his fathers shoulders in front of the colliery banner for Spennymoor during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn applauds a colliery band performance during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Two women wear Jeremy Corbyn masks as they walk with their union banner during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: People line the route through Durham City to watch the colliery bands pass by during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn takes a picture with his phone from the balcony of the County Hotel during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) watches as miners head towards the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse, Durham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 9, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Scott Heppell/PA Wire
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Westoe Lodge colliery band entertain the crowds during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Two women applaud and enjoy the entertainment as colliery bands play during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A retired miner wears his helmet as he walks with his colliery band during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A musician performs with a colliery band during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A young musician plays with a colliery band during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A young musician plays with a colliery band during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Colliery banners are carried through the city during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A man waits with a colliery banner before marching through the city during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Former miner Billy Huitson, 90, dances and entertains crowds in his traditional place on the road outside County Hall during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Members of a local colliery community march with their banner during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A youngster plays with a colliery band during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn makes his first appearance on the balcony of the County Hotel as colliery bands play below him during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A band march ahead of the colliery banner during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn makes his first appearance on the balcony of the County Hotel as colliery bands play below him during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn addressed tens of thousands of supporters at the Durham Miners' Gala and vowed to return as prime minister.

The Labour leader, who faces a challenge to his position on Monday from former shadow cabinet minister Angela Eagle, stressed the importance of unity as he was given a warm reception from supporters at the event.

A highland dancer performs with the pipes and drums during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A highland dancer performs with the pipes and drums during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

He insisted there was "no pressure" on him - instead highlighting the "brutal" conditions faced by many workers on low wages and those struggling in poverty.

Addressing the event, one of the central fixtures of the Labour movement's calendar, Mr Corbyn said: "There's a lot of debate about what's happening in the Labour Party at the present time and I'm inundated with questions, questions, questions all the time and I have patience that is infinite to answer questions, questions and questions.

"But one I got today really did puzzle me. They said 'how are you coping with the pressure that's on you'. I simply said this: "There is no pressure on me, none whatsoever.

"Real pressure - real pressure - is when you don't have enough money to feed your kids, when you don't have a roof over your head, when you are wondering if you are going to be cared for, when you are wondering how you can survive, you are wondering how you are going to cope with the debts you have incurred, you are wondering if your lovely employer is going to give you a call to give you a couple of hours work or not bother, or change their mind when you are on the bus on the way to do that job.

"That is the real pressure in our society."

The gala, know as the Big Meeting, is billed as the biggest annual trade union event in the UK but has had a chequered relationship with previous Labour leaders.

Ed Miliband attended once during his tenure and Tony Blair never made it to the gala during his 13 years in charge.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at the event his landslide win in last year's Labour leadership contest was "a victory for everyone who believes in a really just society, those that believe that socialist ideas and socialism is the way forward. It was people believing things together".

"And I tell you this: I consider it the duty, whoever holds the office of leader of the Labour Party, to be at the Durham Miners' Gala.

"And so, we will all be here together when we have elected a Labour government in Britain."

In a passionate and wide-ranging speech, Mr Corbyn hit out at the "social cleansing" which had resulted from the Government's welfare policies, and warned about minorities becoming scapegoats.

A woman applauds as the colliery bands and banners march past during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A woman applauds as the colliery bands and banners march past during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

He also singled out Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, saying at the firm's main Shirebrook warehouse there were "people not even getting the minimum wage, hundreds on zero hours contracts and grotesque levels of danger and exploitation".

Mr Corbyn also told the activists at the Big Meeting that an inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave during the miners' strike "must and will take place".

He defended his anti-austerity agenda and the focus on tackling poverty: "People tell me that Labour will be very appealing when it stops talking about these kind of things and starts talking about something else.

Youngsters dressed as miners march during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Youngsters dressed as miners march during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

"I just say this, on a moral point: if you are well housed and you have got a reasonable job and you are kind of doing OK, is anyone actually comfortable stepping over a homeless person sleeping in the street on a doorstep outside your home?

"Are you comfortable seeing people who should be given care and support through a mental health service that often lets them down when they should be supported?

"Are we comfortable when we know there is sufficient to go around but there isn't sufficient to assuage the greed of the very rich? Are we comfortable with that in our society? You and I know the answer to that."

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn applauds a colliery band performance during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn applauds a colliery band performance during the 132nd Durham Miners Gala on July 9, 2016 in Durham, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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