Jeremy Corbyn: Labour leader visits Northern Ireland

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is visiting Stormont on Thursday for meetings with the five main Northern Ireland parties.

On his arrival, he was greeted by Speaker Alex Maskey and signed the visitors’ book.

During his visit, Mr Corbyn is expected to discuss the government’s Brexit deal and the recent restoration of devolution.

It is his first visit to Northern Ireland since 2018.

At that time he gave a speech at Queen’s University Belfast, which focused on the United Kingdom’s EU exit, arguing it must not be allowed to damage the fragile political settlement in Northern Ireland.

Mr Corbyn’s successor will be named on 4 April.

His visit comes two months after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland to sell his Brexit deal.

Jeremy Corbyn’s time as Labour leader is nearly at an end.

After losing the general election campaign, he’s set to stand down in April once his successor has been announced.

So his visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday isn’t just for official opposition business – perhaps also a farewell tour.

He’s due to meet the five main Stormont parties to talk about Brexit, a day before the UK officially leaves the EU.

The return of the power-sharing assembly is also likely to feature in the discussions.