After the PLP meeting, Corbyn crossed the road to address the rally. He did not directly speak about the challenge being mounted against him, other than to call vaguely for respect for one another and stress the need for unity.
He said the Labour members learned from one another through shared values and tolerance. “That is where unity comes from and that is what makes us strong,” he said.
The organisers initially put the turnout at 4,000 but later claimed that police had put the crowd at 10,000. The rally offered a taste of what Labour MPs hostile towards him can expect when they return to their constituency parties.
Chanting “Corbyn In, Tories Out”, they booed those MPs who had resigned from the shadow cabinet or publicly expressed criticism of him, singling out Hilary Benn, #Margaret Hodge and Tristram Hunt.
They shouted, cheered, booed and beat drums to make themselves heard at a fractious parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting taking place across the road at Westminster.