News | Published September 24 2019

Corbyn's conference speech: A summary

In his party conference speech today, Corbyn attacked the Conservative government and announced, or reiterated, a number of policy announcements he would enact if elected.


· Corbyn: "Within three months of coming to office, a Labour government will secure a sensible deal". This will include involvement in the single market, customs union and a close relationship with the EU.

· Corbyn: After the second referendum, "I pledge to carry out whatever the people decide. Only a vote for Labour will deliver a public vote for Brexit." 

· Corbyn announced that Labour will build three new battery plants in South Wales, Stoke-on Trent and Swindon.

· He promised to invest in Crossrail and restore bus services across the country.

· The Labour party leader pledged £250 billion of investment into infrastructure and says a further £250 billion will be allocated to businesses and co-operatives.

· Corbyn promised the "largest housebuilding programme in a generation."

· He promised to abolish tuition fees and zero hours contracts and will introduce a £10 living wage from the age of 16. He also pledged to give workers equal rights from their first day and give flexible working time to all workers, coupled with a £500 dividend for every worker if the company is in profit.

· Corbyn said Labour will "boost the devolved budgets in Wales and Scotland." Pledges £250 billion of investment into infrastructure and says a further £250 billion will be allocated to businesses and co-operatives

· Corbyn: "Within the first 100 days of our government, we will scrap the Tory Trade Union Act."

· Said Labour will bring "rail, mail, water and the National Grid" into public ownership

· Corbyn said that Labour would tell drug companies that if they want to receive public funding for research, they will have to make drugs affordable. Says they will create a publicly owned drug manufacturer to supply drugs to the NHS.

· Corbyn pledged cancelling uni tuition fees, free childcare and a new, "great Sure Start" programme so "that all children get help when they need it." Also announced free vocational and technical education as well as free training for adults.

· Says Labour will scrap zero hour contracts, introduce £10 living wage from the age of 16, give workers equal rights from their first day and give flexible working time to all workers.

· Corbyn said to pay for this, he will raise taxes but "only for the top 5 per cent."

Key Quotes: 

Quoting the UN rapporteur, Corbyn state: "Much of the glue that has held British society together...has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos." He went on to say the phrase "harsh and uncaring ethos" summed up the Conservative party.

"I have what might be considered a different view of leadership from the one people are used to. I do believe that leaders should have strong principles that people can trust but leaders must also listen and trust others to play their part."

Corbyn says Johnson's infamous "letterbox" comments were a "calculated" choice to "play on people's fears." Says displays of Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism are not "a sign of strength; they are a sign of weakness."

Corbyn repeated throughout his speech that the NHS was not for sale, stating "I am not prepared to stand by while our NHS is sacrificed on the altar of US big business...Our NHS is not for sale"

"For decades we have been told the economy is an irresistible is not true. With a serious industrial strategy and a radical labour gov't, the economy can be a tool in our hands rather than the master of our fate."

"We stand not just for the 52 per cent, or the 48 per cent: we stand for the 99 per cent."

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Authored by

Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
September 24 2019

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