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  • Rimrose Valley group call on Labour leader Corbyn to oppose road scheme at rally

    Tom Martin

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting to prevent a dual carriageway being built through Rimrose Valley Country Park have been sharing details of their ongoing battle with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after they met him at a local rally.

    Mr Corbyn was speaking at Derby Park, in Bootle, on Saturday, May 18 when locals from Rimrose Valley Friends spoke to him about their campaign as they look to gain friends in high places.

    It's not the first time that Rimrose Valley Friends have met with Mr Corbyn, having struck up a dialogue at a meeting in London earlier this year.

    The Labour leader certainly seemed responsive to their campaign, after speaking to group members and wearing a ‘Save Rimrose Valley’ sticker.

    Speaking on behalf of the campaign, group member Stuart Bennett said: “We spoke to Jeremy Corbyn briefly at the end of the rally and he told us how he felt that the protection of green space was important.

    “This is the second time he has been made aware of our situation, having been introduced to him in Westminster earlier this year.

    “We are calling for the Labour Party at a national level to publicly condemn this scheme and pledge to stop it.”

    At the Derby Park rally, the group highlighted their opposition to Highways England’s road proposal by handing out leaflets, stickers and talking to people about the issue.

    Stuart added: “This was a great opportunity to raise awareness, with people attending from across the Liverpool City Region.

    “It was fantastic to learn that so many of them were already aware of our fight and support our calls to save this precious space and all of the health and environmental benefits it provides.

    “We took a lot of positivity from the event. A section of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech talked about Labour’s plans to create a green economy, based on sustainability.”

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