Jeremy Corbyn Makes Speech to 2017 Labour Party Conference

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has made his speech to the party’s annual conference which is this year being held in Brighton. He said in the speech that the current economic model was broken and that the Labour Party now occupies the middle ground.

Referring to the 2017 General Election, Corbyn said:

“Yes, we didn’t do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now, but we have become a Government-in-waiting. Our outstanding shadow cabinet team here today. And our message to the country could not be clearer – Labour is ready”.

On the subject of Brexit, the Labour leader said:

“One thing needs to be made clear straight away. The three million EU citizens currently living and working in Britain are welcome here. They have been left under a cloud of insecurity by this government when their future could have been settled months ago. So Theresa May, give them the full guarantees they deserve today. If you don’t, we will.

Since the referendum result our Brexit team has focused above all on our economic future. That future is now under real threat. A powerful faction in the Conservative leadership sees Brexit as their chance to create a tax haven on the shores of Europe a low-wage, low tax deregulated playground for the hedge funds and speculators”.

Talking about politics today, he added:

“Today’s centre ground is certainly not where it was twenty or thirty years ago. A new consensus is emerging from the great economic crash and the years of austerity, when people started to find political voice for their hopes for something different and better”.