Dearne Valley students quiz Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

27 May 2016...Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Doncaster as part of the  'Remain' campaign and is joined by local MPs Ed Miliband,  Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint. Picture Scott Merrylees
27 May 2016...Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Doncaster as part of the 'Remain' campaign and is joined by local MPs Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint. Picture Scott Merrylees

Students at Dearne Valley College quizzed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he hit the Remain in Europe campaign trail.

Teens put the MP and leader of the opposition in the hotseat as he visited South Yorkshire, also calling at Doncaster, last week.

The Labour battle bus, which is touring the country ahead of the EU Referendum on June 23, rolled into the college as it has benefited from over £14m in European funding.

Mr Corbyn, who was given a tour of the college’s engineering and mechanical before taking part in a question and answer session with around 80 students, said: ““It was great to meet students and staff at Dearne Valley College. It is a fantastic facility which was made possible thanks to millions of pounds of EU funding, helping to begin to repair the huge damage the Thatcher government did to the mining community here.

“Their students had some challenging questions and we had a really engaging exchange – they’re clearly a group of young people with a great understanding of the world around them of whom the college should be proud.

“We are campaigning up and down the country for Britain to remain in the EU because it has brought huge benefits to deprived areas of our country and has done so much to protect workers’ rights, including maternity and paternity leave, four weeks holiday and the 48-hour maximum working week.

“Jobs and opportunities for the young people we met would be diminished if we left the EU, so I hope people across the Dearne Valley back remain on June 23.”

Mr Corbyn was joined by South Yorkshire MPs on his visit, including his predecessor, Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband, who resigned after Labour lost the general election in 2015.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey said: “Labour is united in campaigning for our supporters to back remaining in the EU in the upcoming referendum, and Dearne Valley College provides an excellent example of why we should maintain our European Union membership.”