The pressure of the closing days in the Labour Party leadership contest will not prevent Jeremy Corbyn from appearing at the annual Burston Strike School rally on Sunday.
Although he had agreed to attend before he emerged as the surprise favourite and has an engagement in London later in the day, he will still be a leading speaker at the rally, said Shaun Jeffery, secretary of the strike school trustees.
“He is a man of principle and integrity,” he said.
The annual rally remembers the sacking in 1914 of teachers Tom and Kitty Higdon because of their association with the Agricultural Workers’ Union which brought them into conflict with the Church of England and the local squirearchy. The children walked out in support and instead were educated at a strike school, firstly at a blacksmith’s workshop and then at the school built by Labour Movement subscription.
Other speakers at this year’s rally will be Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Teachers’ Union; Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners; and Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union,
There will be entertainment from The Hurriers political band, the Red Flags and performance poet Elvis McGonagall, as well as brass bands. Events start at 10.45am.