On Thursday 19th November, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, made his first visit to Wales where he toured the faciities of our new Swansea Bay Campus. He was welcomed by First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones, along with shadow Welsh secretary and Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, and Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock, whose constituency includes the new beach front development.
During his short visit, Mr Corbyn was shown around the brand new facilities and engaged with the students and staff of the engineering faculty.
On a tight schedule and due to speak at the Brangwyn Hall later that day, Charlie Wright from Swansea University’s Xtreme Radio was granted exclusive access to Mr Corbyn and asked him for his thoughts on the new campus.
Mr Corbyn said it was “great… I love the sea, love the sand dunes
behind” and made note of the approach taken by the University to include undergraduates in the research process, something he said he hadn’t seen in a while.
Charlie also went on to ask Mr. Corbyn on his take on the plans for a tidal lagoon in Swansea. The answer was of course that he liked the idea but went on to explain the “knock-on effect” of Swansea undertaking such a task and what it could mean in the future for both the University and the local economy.
To conclude Mr. Corbyn went on a dialogue about education: “We all benefit when people learn. We all benefit when people research. We all benefit from what everybody else is learning. That’s why I’m here today, to learn.”
If you’re interested in seeing the whole interview you can find it posted on SU-TV’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/sutv. If you’re interested in our interviews with other political figures you can find them on Xtreme’s site at xtremeradio.org.