Supporters holding banners reading “Scousers for Corbyn” and “We chose Jez” gathered on St George’s Hall to listen to the embattled Labour leader talk about the leadership challenge from Owen Smith.
He said: “I don’t see this leadership contest as a distraction.
”I see it as a massive opportunity to reach out to people all across this country and have the strength and confidence [to stand up to] those who tell us that nothing we’re trying to do is possible, that what we have to do is compromise with the Tory philosophy and free market ideas and all will be well.
“This is a campaign about, on one level, the leadership of the Labour party, but it’s also a campaign about how we do politics in our society. Is it to be a politics of an elite, or is it to be a politics of people expressing their views, their hopes, their aspirations for this generation and the next generation?”
While the crowd was undeniably large - estimates ranged from 5 to 10 thousand - many Corbyn supporters got a little carried away and posted pictures of Liverpool FC celebrating their Champions League victory in 2005 instead of last night’s rally.
Many ran the pictures and demanded to know why it was being ignored by the mainstream media.
Even those obviously tweeting in jest received hundreds of retweets.
For comparison, here’s Corbyn’s video of actual events.
Earlier on Monday Corbyn had come under fire from Labour MPs for attending the rally after rejecting an invite to take on his challenger Owen Smith in a leadership head-to-head TV debate that night.
Many were angry with Corbyn’s decision not to attend the Channel 4 programme tonight despite reports his campaign were asked to keep the date free almost two weeks ago.
A spokesman for the Labour leader told The Huffington Post UK it was for the party to “facilitate, rather than dictate” which debates candidates take part in. Corbyn will face Smith in an official hustings on Thursday in Cardiff.
Yesterday The Huffington Post UK exclusively revealed that more than a quarter of the people who applied to vote in Labour’s leadership election have already been ruled either ineligible or subject to further investigation.
About 40,000 of the 183,000 applicants for “registered supporter” status have automatically been deemed unsuitable, with a further 10,000 cases set to go before the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Oversights Panel for consideration.
Most of those ruled out automatically are deemed ineligible because of their previous formal support for a rival political party candidate, their absence from the electoral register or because their payments bounced.