Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was interrupted by an hysterical woman who climbed on stage and tried to grab him during his speech at the Durham Miners’ Gala.
Despite heightened security at the event, the lady in red, wearing shades, attempted to speak to Mr Corbyn while he was concluding his speech as he addressed one of Europe’s biggest trade union rallies.
She calmly walked onto the stage and attempted to grab his arm, saying: “Excuse me Jeremy, excuse me. I’m on your side.”
Jeremy Corbyn was attached by a women during his speech at Durham Miners Gala.
He glanced to the side and replied “do you mind please” and attempted to continue.
Three security men were still not enough to remove the determined woman from the stage as she struggled with them screaming: “No, No, No. Are you on my side? I’m not going to hurt you.”
Mr Corbyn calmly told her: “Please leave it, I will talk to you in a moment.”
The women was escorted of the stage by security and booed by the audience.
He then turned to the crowd of 200,000 added: “Somebody wants to have a chat with me about a couple of things. I’m very happy to do that in a moment. I do talk to everybody.”
The Labour leader had used the Durham Miners’ Gala speech to claim he is leading a “government-in-waiting” which could end austerity and scrap the cap on public sector pay rises but only if the party can stay united.
Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour Party gives a thumbs up as he stands on the balcony of the County Hotel as colliery bands pass below during the 133rd Durham Miners Gala
Mr Corbyn has spoken at the gala several times before, both as a backbench MP and Labour leader.
The event, also known locally as the Big Meeting, brings large crowds to the centre of Durham to watch the banners and brass bands parading through the city.
An estimated 200,000 people could gather in the historic centre to take in the spectacle and enjoy the huge funfair.
And many thousands gather on the Old Racecourse to hear the political speeches in the afternoon.
There was additional security for this year’s event with more road closures than in previous years and more armed police on visible patrol.