Jeremy Corbyn calls in Coronation Street's Hayley Cropper to launch Labour election campaign

Jeremy Corbyn addressed a large audience in Manchester

Jeremy Corbyn addressed a packed crowd in Manchester

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn used Coronation Street actress Julia Hesmondhalgh to launch Labour's 'For the Many' election campaign this morning.

Hesmondhalgh, who plays transgender character Hayley Cropper in the long-running soap, addressed a packed crowd in Manchester to kick off Labour's campaign push.

The actress told Labour supporters they need to push for a Britain that chimes with her own "deeply-held Socialist views," adding that they have "30 days to save the NHS" - a message which has been central to Corbyn's campaign so far.

Corbyn himself addressed the event, saying the economy is "rigged" and serves only to benefit a handful of people, while Westminster is "broken."

Labour, he said, is "under attack because we are standing up to the elites" and taking on "vested interests" in pursuit of a fairer Britain.

He added that there is "a real danger that the Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should".

Corbyn's party continues to trail Theresa May in the polls and endured a difficult night in the local elections last week, but Andy Burnham's success in the Manchester mayoral elections may give the party hope ahead of the forthcoming national vote.