Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn spoke to a meeting of over 500 people in Bristol on Thursday of last week.
The Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls soon filled and an overspill room was arranged. The excited mood brought together young people and older activists.
The People’s Assembly stall was inundated with people taking information about the demonstration against the Tory conference in Manchester in October.
Corbyn attacked the politics of austerity. He was cheered when he called for the renationalisation of the post office and when he condemned the war in Iraq.
The biggest applause was for his condemnation of the Labour leadership for not opposing the welfare bill.
He was less clear on if he would call for a no vote in the coming European Union referendum. He did not answer a question on how a left government in Greece has ended up looking to impose severe austerity.
A psychiatric nurse from Blackberry Hill Hospital told Socialist Worker, “I’d given up on Labour. I still think it’s full of people who are not on our side but Corbyn has shaken things up. I am delighted he has done so.”
This summed up the feelings of many who were there. People who were inspired were also open to discussing whether Labour is the vehicle for change.