Monthly Archives: October 2015

Stand your ground Junior Doctors

The Tories are now on the side of working poor. Pure Monty Python.

Each time there has been a successful Conservative Government in place there has been more strike actions compare to a Labour Government. They are the same government that introduced Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) during the late 1980s in the hope that they will continue with the privatisation. It was the same government that introduced the poll tax which rubbed people’s back and forced the government to make a u turn.sjkm

Don’t be hoodwinked by the Conservatives when they claim that Labour used privatisation of our NHS what they failed to mention that it was in the last days of Maggie Thatcher in office that she and John Major who closed down Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Hospitals, under the guise of care in the community which opened the floodgates for the third sectors to cherry pick the best services and the last Tory government contracted out the hospital cleaning services to the lowest bidder to make a quick turn over which they end up selling the land to pay their shareholders and build expensive housing and shopping centres which they forgot to mention. Nobody likes to go on strike especially Junior Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Fire Services, and Local Government let alone anybody who is employed by the public sector. The funny thing about the Conservatives they have a history of restricting trade unions members from taking strike action. We know the reason why they like to inflict pain on public sector workers with the 1% pay raise and coupled by the Tory donors putting pressure on David Cameron to be more like Thatcher.ksdjkfm

There are still memories that are embedded by the scares of Thatcherism on the shoulders of those who recall what Maggie Thatcher, and the former Lord Howe did to the coal miner strikers by involving the police and SAS to break up the picket lines. Not forgetting what they both did to our manufacturing industries which they were forced to close down and led many to the dole queue which included coal miners. It’s no surprise that the Conservatives continue to deny until this day as they don’t want to hold on to their nasty party image. Now they are saying that they are the party of Labour and common ground which they want to create or reclaim the new image to promote their brand one nation of conservatives which is more hash to the most vulnerable in society by informing them that we will see you back into the Victorian times(plebs).

Here is a very good reason why we must continue to vote fight and vote see link below:

The next thing this establishment will be attacking our pensions which many pensioners will be keeping a close eye as both successful governments have done in the past. It’s no wonder the grey power feels let down and angry to see their retirement fund being hit. If this establishment wants to keep pensioners on board then they should increase it and not decrease it. Well it comes as no surprise to the many that one in five British workers are being paid below the living wage, as “six million struggle to cover the basics as employers refuse decent pay”.jhsejh

George Osborne will make it worse by cutting tax credit. So it’s no wonder he is laughing and running all the way to the bank whilst sticking two fingers at us.

Already we are seeing the signs of attack on Welfare and Trade Union Reform Bills being debated and voted on. There is still time for all sections of society to lobby their Member of Parliament (MP). It’s far better to remind your elected members why you voted for them to ensure that they represent your views in the house it does not matter whether you are low paid, unemployed, suffer with mental health, or physical disabilities as human beings we have the right to have our voice to be heard without fear of intimidation no matter what political persuasion an individual have and don’t be put off my your MP keep on lobbying him or her until they get the message. Stand up for your rights and don’t give up the fight. The suffragettes won the rights for woman to get the votes if they can do it so can the nation as they led the way to victory which changed the nation.

Conservatives claims to be the party of Labour.


“First law on holes – when you’re in one, stop digging Denis Healey”


Now you have read and heard it from the horse’s mouth (George Osborne) he informs his party delegates to extend their hands to people who feel completely abandoned by Labour new leadership. This is nothing more than under estimating the strength of Labour.

This song really sums up the Conservatives with-while listening:

The new leader of Labour Party has been in post for four weeks and already conservatives are on the attack at their conference. George Osborne ego is running high to be claiming that they are the party of new centre ground and they are the party of Labour. So I say to the Conservatives be aware of the dark horse viz Jeremy Corbyn he barks quietly but be aware of his strong bite as you may regret it in 2020 then he will have the last laugh.

All I can listen from the Conservative conference is more of the same spinning to cut more deeply into Welfare despite claims millions will be worse. They rather do deals with countries that have one of the worse human rights abuse like China and Saudi Arabia. Then have the very cheek to say cuts – combined with a higher minimum wage would send out right “Cultural signal” to low paid workers. To add insult to injury they claim that they don’t buy the claims people would be left out of pocket. In other words the conservatives will stick two fingers at you and you are nothing but plebs if you don’t conform to the conservative ideology. This is nothing more than a kick in the nuts and patronising to the people on low wages who are struggling to put food on the table. This is insulting to working class people who try their best to make ends meet.Notice how Boris Johnson, George Osborne and Theresa May are positioning themselves for leadership they can’t wait until the day when David Cameron is forced out or when he is ready to step down they all sing the same song.jjgh

If you are on benefits and children, there is a double whammy of your child play truant and refuse to pay a penalty your child benefit will be docked. How right wing this is and it goes to show they have no idea what the situation is like in the real world of a person has mental health issues and the added pressure that comes with it for a child.

Wow, am I surprised Boris Johnson has decided to intervene into the debate of low paid. No I’m not he is just trying to sure up his position for the Conservative leadership. The capital economy would collapse without those who work through the night and aspire to a better life. Fine words but he seems to think with his baboon looks will do him justice by playing the class war issue which he has no knowledge what it is to live in poverty.

I will take no lessons from the Conservatives business Secretary who claims trade union reforms will prevent people from being bullied by striking workers. Well he said he would not turn a blind eye to bad practice in business. Really it’s a case of the Conservative millionaire are pulling his strings as they have threaten to pull out from continuing  giving donations to their party coffers in return for some flexibility is more like the truth which David Cameron is well aware of the situation.

It’s a bit rich of Theresa May to say that mass immigration are hurting our economy which is playing to the likes of the fascists and racist who will use it to their advantage for recruiting purpose. I make no apologies for saying I’m a proud son of immigrant parents who paid their taxes and contributed to our economy by creating employment.

compliments of the day to my good friend lukey Stranger who sums it up nicely. After today's undoubted rousing + well-delivered speech by a smug, sniggering David Cameron, it would be a pathetic indictment on today's Labour Party if it allowed the Tories to successfully reclaim the centre ground of British Politics over the coming months given the extent of their ideological dogma which arguably far exceeds Thatcher.

Compliments of the day to my good friend Lukey Stranger who sums it up nicely. After today’s undoubted rousing + well-delivered speech by a smug, sniggering David Cameron, it would be a pathetic indictment on today’s Labour Party if it allowed the Tories to successfully reclaim the centre ground of British Politics over the coming months given the extent of their ideological dogma which arguably far exceeds Thatcher.

What this is telling me is the commitments that David Cameron, and Theresa May made on the refugees crisis of allowing 20,000 people over a five year period there is a catch to it so in a nutshell if they arrive here in UK they will not allowed to claim benefits. This will lead to crimes as they will not be able to feed themselves and their children.

It’s good to know those 200,000 new affordable homes to buy but it still falls short of a affordable rent. Not many people can afford to purchase their own property on low wages which successful governments continue to address. So much for looking after the poorest in society.

The other issue is that the councils will be funded by central government for providing refugees with housing for one year. This nothing more than putting dangling carrots in the donkey face.

Checkout George Osborne full speech:

“Let me tell you how proud I am to stand before you the first Conservative Chancellor in a Conservative Government to address a Conservative Conference in eighteen years.

If I’d told you twelve months ago that the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood was going to come onto this stage and speak in our economy debate you’d have called security.

Andrea, your win capped off a night that no-one here will ever forget.

Can you all remember where you were when that exit poll came through?

I certainly can.

I was just a few miles away from here, waiting to go to my count at the Macclesfield leisure centre.

I was completely calm.

No I wasn’t.

I was completely nervous.

Unable to sit down.

Unable to stand still.

I was pacing around.

And then a moment of calm did descend.

I realised there was absolutely nothing more I could do.

I was powerless.

Completely powerless in the face of the real power of the British people.

You realise, the way we talk about these elections is all wrong.

We think elections are the moment when we all go round the country and talk to people.

But actually elections are when the British people talk to us.

And what the British people said to us in May couldn’t have been clearer:

We elect you to do a job.

So take decisions, don’t duck them.

And the truth is this:

If you do take those decisions – even if the decisions are unpopular and bitterly opposed at the time –

If you do take the decisions and they are rooted in your values and turn out to be the right ones, then people will go on putting their trust in you.

That’s the lesson of the last Parliament.

That’s the lesson for this one.

So we’ve had our instructions from the British people and we say to them:

we will not let you down.

You in this hall are the heroes of this famous campaign.

You’re the ones who fought inch by inch, door by door, street by street for this election victory.

We’re a team.

A great team, I’m lucky to count myself part of.

I want to thank you.

I want to thank you on behalf of every candidate who stood in this election.

And I’ve been asked to pass on a special thanks.

From the maintenance team at Downing Street.

They want to thank you that they don’t have to put up an eight-foot high tombstone in the back garden.

I want to thank my brilliant Treasury team:

– Greg Hands,

– David Gauke,

– Harriett Baldwin,

– Damien Hinds,

– Mel Stride,

– Chris Skidmore,

– Jake Berry,

– Conor Burns

and the world class economist Jim O’Neill.

And there’s one member of the Conservative team who I personally owe a huge amount to.

Let’s face it.

There were moments when lots of people had doubts whether our plans would work moments, as I was well aware, when people had doubts about me.

But one person always backed me in private and in public, and never wavered in their support.

I want to thank him.

That is the person who’s led our country with integrity, intelligence and imagination.

My friend, our Prime Minister: David Cameron.

Under David’s leadership, after a full term in Government we increased both the number seats we hold and the share of the vote we won.

That’s a winning combination no Prime Minister of any party has achieved since the nineteenth century.

It earns David not just a mandate to govern;

It earns him a place in the very highest rank of our party’s leadership.

David, we salute you.

But, friends, it is precisely in our hour of greatest success that I choose to come here to deliver a warning.

A warning for us all to heed.

It is this:

Don’t let us rest on our laurels.

The British people have not put us here to congratulate ourselves.

They have put us here to do a job.

The lesson of the last five years, and the victory that followed, is that the future favours the bold.

So we’ve got to be the builders, the people with the new ideas.

The people open to the new thinking.

Ready to listen.

Admit where we get it wrong.

Accept when others have got it right.

The people with the plan for the future.

Some stand on the sidelines.

Some want to knock things down.

But we – we are the builders.

And let me tell you who we are building for.

The working people of Britain.

The millions of people who work hard, provide for their families and pay their taxes for the public services we need.

The people who just get on with it.

They don’t have a trade union calling them out on strike;

there’s no pressure group that will go on the radio to fight their cause.

These are the people we’re fighting for.

Millions of working people.

These people need to know we are on their side.

Because many of them, let’s be frank, still voted for the Labour Party just this May.

They want security and opportunity, but they didn’t quite feel able to put their trust in us.

We’ve got to understand their reservations.

So to these working people who have been completely abandoned by a party heading off to the fringes of the left let us all here today extend our hand.

Do you know what the supporters of the new Labour leadership now call anyone who believes in strong national defence, a market economy, and the country living within its means?

They call them Tories.

Well, it’s our job to make sure they’re absolutely right.

Because we’re now the party of work, the only true party of labour.

My message to today’s Labour Party is this:

You head back to the 1980s.

We’re heading forward.

You listen to the few.

We’ll govern for the many.

Now I often get asked in this job: do you understand the impact of the decisions you make?

And my response is this.

Yes I do.

Because we’ve made decisions, there are a record number of people in work.

And let me tell you, if you don’t make decisions, then people do suffer.

And let me tell you this as well.

Failing to run a sound economic policy is the most unkind, uncaring thing a Government can do.

I’ll tell you what happens when you lose control of the public finances and borrow money you don’t have.

It’s not the richest who suffer, or the trade union barons who lose their jobs.

No, it’s always the poorest who suffer when the economy fails.

It’s always working families who lose their jobs.

That’s not a kinder, caring Britain.

I’ll tell you what that is.

Its economic cruelty dressed up as socialist compassion.

And we’re not going to let them wreck the lives of working people again.

We are the builders.

And to build, you must build on solid foundations.

We’ve laid those foundations these last five years.

We’ve established the idea that government can’t go on spending money it hasn’t got.

The idea that businesses need to be competitive and make profits to create jobs.

The idea that you don’t show your compassion by the size of the benefit cheque you dole out, rather you get people back to work.

That’s what we built together.

Every argument we won, another business started…

… another person got a job…

… another academy school opened…

… another family felt the security of work.

Every argument we won, we have shifted the terms of the debate in our country and created a new centre ground, around fiscal responsibility and lower welfare, reformed public services and support for business too.

We turned our country around, and together we’ve made sure, Britain is working again.

Now we must build on those foundations.

Create the budget surplus.

Deliver lower welfare, lower taxes and higher wages.

Build the new roads, and railways, and runways.

Win reform in Europe and put the power into the Northern Powerhouse.

To borrow from an American President, we choose to take on these things not because they’re easy, but because they’re hard.

For we are the builders.

And there are few things harder than repairing the public finances.

We are still spending much more as a country than we raise.

In the spending review this Autumn, we’ve got to finish the job.

And we’re going to do something more.

We’re going to make sure this country never gets into this mess again.

So we’re going to run a surplus.

What that means is that in good years, we’ll raise more than we spend and use the money to reduce our debts.

That way we’ll be better prepared when the storms come.

Because frankly, I look at the world at the moment and I see a lot of economic risk out there.

China is vital to our future, but it’s not growing as strongly as it was;

the Eurozone is still very weak;

and the latest jobs numbers from America are disappointing.

We can’t be immune from all of this. We must be prepared for whatever the world throws at us.

Our plan for a surplus provides security for working people.

We’re going to put it to a vote in the House of Commons next week.

And we’re going to go on fixing the roof while the sun is shining.

Part of fixing the roof is getting the British taxpayer out of owning great chunks of the banking system.

I have this morning announced our plans to sell the remaining stake we have in Lloyds bank.

Next Spring, we will make Lloyds shares available to every member of the public.

They’ll be offered at a discount.

Small shareholders will get priority.

And long-term investors will get a bonus.

You can register from today.

It’s the biggest privatisation for more than twenty years.

And every penny we raise will be used to pay off our debts.

With Labour the banks went bust – we’re fixing them.

With Labour the debt soared – we’re going to bring it down.

Labour have now turned their back on opportunity and aspiration – we’re going to build the share owning democracy this Party has always believed in.

Labour – the wreckers.

We are the builders.

We’re going to have to do a lot more to get Britain back into the black.

I won’t pretend that making these cuts will be easy.

We’ve got to find more than £20bn of savings.

But I’ll tell you what I’m not prepared to do.

I’m not prepared to cut the NHS to balance the books.

We’ll make sure the health service has more money than ever before.

Some people question our commitment to the aid budget but with millions fleeing war zones, and a crisis in Europe, I’m not prepared to cut it.

I want to spend our aid better so it helps the most vulnerable closer to their homes.

And because we’ve built a strong economy, here’s something else we can afford to do.

Invest in our national security and the armed forces who guarantee it – because this outward-facing, internationally-confident, economically-sound nation – will renew our nuclear deterrent, and spend 2% of our national income on the defence of the realm.

To deliver these priorities there will be tough choices this autumn.

But remember this when our opponents line up to fight for every borrowed pound of government spending.

The British people have heard the argument that the deficit doesn’t matter and they’ve rejected it.

They’ve listened to politicians who forgot to mention the deficit, and they’ve rejected them too.

Now we’re told that instead of earning the money we need to spend, the Bank of England can simply be told to print it.

What could be easier than that?

We hear them say.

What could be easier than that?

They said in Zimbabwe and Weimar Germany too.

It’s not monetarism – it’s magic money-tree-ism.

And let me tell you messing around with the independence of the Bank of England and letting inflation rip destroys savings and is a massive risk to the economic security of every working family.

Mind you, I’d better be careful not to disagree with Jeremy Corbyn about absolutely everything or else he’ll invite me to join his Shadow Cabinet.

Here’s another proposition we’re going to take on.

That Britain is condemned to be a low skill, low pay, high welfare economy.

I want the opposite. Lower welfare and higher pay.

The last time we brought our Conference here to Manchester, I slipped away from all the fringe meetings and the receptions to see something that reminds me why I do this job.

Across the way, beyond the cordon, in a nearby office block something uplifting was taking place.

People at the job centre were signing up for work.

I sat down with a group of them, young and old, to talk to them about their futures.

They were nervy at first, they weren’t confident about themselves because life had given them precious few reasons for self-confidence.

But as we talked about their new jobs they got more and more animated.

They were excited about their future and proud to be in work.

Proud to have a job.

These are the people I’m fighting for.

Now we want to help these working people keep more of what they earn.

We’ve raised the personal allowance, and I’ll keep raising it again and again.

We’ve raised the threshold for the higher rate and we’ll keep raising that too.

That’s what we’ve promised, that’s what we’re delivering.

Lower income taxes for all and no income tax for the lowest paid at all.

There’s another promise we made we’re one nation.

Everyone makes a contribution.

No one gets something for nothing.

And that includes business.

So here’s the new settlement.

To business we say this…

… we’ll go on cutting your taxes…

… to the lowest rates of any major economy in the world.

But in return, you have do more to train your workforce and to pay higher wages.

And here’s the deal for working people – we simply can’t subsidise incomes with ever-higher welfare and tax credit bills the country can’t afford.

But in return we’ll have:

new apprenticeships;

lower income taxes;

and the new National Living Wage.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again:

Britain deserves a pay rise and with us, Britain is getting a pay rise.

You know the National Living Wage is something that should be welcomed across the political divide.

I think it’s a great weakness of today’s Labour Party that it can’t acknowledge any good things done by Conservatives.

I’ll always pay tribute to the role the Labour movement played in building the NHS and establishing rights in the workplace.

But that sits alongside the equally proud story of Conservative social justice.

The National Living Wage is the latest page in that story.

For it was Conservatives in previous Governments that ended the slave trade;

That stopped children working in factories and gave them universal education;

That gave equal votes to women…

… and equal rights to disabled people.

Now it’s Conservatives in this government that have banned modern slavery;

Legislated for gay marriage;

Given new shared employment rights to parents and today extend them to grandparents too;

It’s now Conservatives in this Government who are shining a light into the darkest corners of our prisons and bringing the best education to the poorest of our children.

So of course it’s this Conservative Government that is introducing the National Living Wage.

A government for working people.

With a pay rise for six million of our citizens.

Building the society we promised where we are all in this together.

But building doesn’t come easy.

Especially when it comes to new homes and the infrastructure this country needs.

I am very lucky to represent a constituency just a dozen miles to the south of here full of pretty villages and market towns in the flat and lush Cheshire plain.

The great writer Elizabeth Gaskell used to live there, and she drew on her life in nineteenth century Knutsford to write her most famous book.

In the novel, Cranford, the town campaigns to stop the new railway coming through.

And today, there are some people in my constituency who want to stop our new high-speed railway.

I respect their opposition – but I also respectfully disagree.

Where would Britain be if we had never built railways or runways, power stations or new homes?

Where will be in the future if we stop building them now?

I’m not prepared to turn around to my children or indeed anyone else’s child, and say: I’m sorry, we didn’t build for you.

So here’s our plan.

First, we’re going to get many more homes built for families to buy.

We’re sweeping away planning rules on brownfield sites.

This autumn we’ll direct our housing budget towards new homes for sale.

And we’ll give housing association tenants the right to buy.

We’ve had enough of people who own their own home lecturing others why they can’t own one too.

I’m proud that we’re the ones giving more than a million people the chance to have a house of their own.

And if anyone wants to argue with us on that, I say bring it on.

We’re going to build the home owning democracy this Party has always stood for.

Second, we are going to find new ways to fund the British infrastructure that drives our productivity.

At the moment, we have 89 different local government pension funds with 89 sets of fees and costs.

It’s expensive and they invest little or nothing in our infrastructure.

So I can tell you today we’re going to work with councils to create instead half a dozen British Wealth Funds spread across the country.

It will save hundreds of millions in costs, and crucially they’ll invest billions in the infrastructure of their regions.

And I’m increasing asset sales to ensure we’re spending a greater proportion of our national income on capital investment than the last Labour government ever did.

Third, if we’re going to build, then we have to shake Britain out of its inertia on the projects that matter most.

There’s an idea, put forward by many people, including some Labour politicians, and its time has come.

An independent National Infrastructure Commission.

A Commission, set up in law, free from party arguments, which works out…

… calmly and dispassionately what the country needs to build for its future…

… and holds any Government’s feet to the fire if it fails to deliver.

Like working with northern councils on how we are going to make a reality of High Speed 3 the new link we want across the Northern Powerhouse.

Like working with London on the next big public transport projects after Crossrail, and how we are going to fund them.

Like how we are going to make sure Britain has the energy supplies it needs.

These are the first questions we set.

I’ve asked the new National Infrastructure Commission to start its work today.

And I am delighted that the former Labour Cabinet Minister and Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis has agreed to be the Commission’s first Chair.

He’ll now sit as a cross bench peer and help us create Britain’s plan for the future.

Working together in the national interest.

Some stand on the sidelines.

Some want to knock things down.

We are the builders.

It’s because we’re not afraid to confront the big issues that we’ve taken on reform in the European Union.

I don’t want the continent that gave us Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci and Marie Curie, to say we’ve given up on the future.

We joined the Common Market because it offered us the promise of jobs and growth.

What it represents to many people across Europe these days is unemployment and stagnation.

That must change.

We want the integrity of the single market, but we don’t want to be part of the single currency and as far as I’m concerned, Britain never will be.

We want our neighbours to grow with us, but we don’t want to be part of their ever-closer union.

Let’s fight for that.

Let’s achieve that.

Then as we promised we’ll put it to the British people in the referendum – and let the people decide.

There’s one other problem our country faces that is so deep-seated, and so difficult that no government has really tried to solve it before.

And that’s the gap between north and south, between London and the rest.

I grew up in the middle of London.

And l grew up with the cliché that if it wasn’t happening in London then it wasn’t happening at all.

Becoming an MP in the North of England has changed me – made me realise that great as our capital is – there is so much more to this country.

And I’ve changed in the five years I’ve done this job too.

I’ve always been able to see the problems with government.

Now I understand too the power of government to drive incredible, positive change.

I don’t want to do this job just to occupy the office.

I’m here to make changes that last…

… solve problems to make people’s lives better…

… slay dragons that stand in Britain’s way.

That’s why I am so committed to the Northern Powerhouse.

I’m throwing everything I’ve got at it.

I’ve brought new science here…

… promoted the arts here…

… backed transport links here…

… brought investment from places like China here.

I don’t know if it will work.

But I do know that if you don’t even try you’re bound to fail.

So I’m damn well going to try.

Let’s go and build that Northern Powerhouse.

In the end it all comes down to where the power lies.

To who makes the decisions.

There’s a building, not too far from here that reminds us of what local government used to mean.

Look at Manchester Town Hall, in all its neo-gothic splendour.

It was built as a place of power -a great civic cathedral, where the decisions affecting this city would be taken – not remitted to a committee in London.

But over the decades, the wings of local government were clipped again and again by all parties, most especially ours.

Almost everything, from the amount they could spend…

… to the taxes they could keep…

… to the work they undertook…

… was determined in Whitehall.

It’s time to face facts.

The way this country is run is broken.

People feel remote from decisions that affect them.

Initiative is suffocated.

Our cities held back.

There’s no incentive to promote local enterprise.

It’s time we fixed it.

And I’ll work with anyone, from any political party, to make that happen.

That’s why we’re devolving more power to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

That’s why the people of Greater Manchester will elect their first ever Mayor, in just eighteen months’ time.

That’s why just last Friday we reached agreement on a new elected mayor across the whole of South Yorkshire.

We’re putting the power into the Northern Powerhouse.

But we can go much, much further, here in the north and around the country.

While everyone knows this country has to live within its means – and that means savings in local as well as national government – I want to make sure that as we make these necessary savings we use this moment to undertake far-reaching reform.

Right now we have the merry go-round of clawing back local taxes into the Treasury and handing them out again in the form of a grant.

In my view, proud cities and counties should not be forced to come to national government with a begging bowl.

So I am announcing this:

Today I am embarking on the biggest transfer of power to our local government in living memory.

We’re going to allow local government to keep the rates they collect from business.

That’s right, all £26bn of business rates will be kept by councils instead of being sent up to Whitehall.

Right now, we collect much more in business rates than we give back in the main grant.

So we will phase out this local government grant altogether.

But we will also give councils extra power and responsibilities for running their communities.

The established transfers will be there on day one, but thereafter, all the real growth in revenue will be yours to keep.

So this is what our plan means.

Attract a business, and you attract more money.

Regenerate a high street, and you’ll reap the benefits.

Grow your area, and you’ll grow your revenue too.

And to help local people do that I want to make another announcement today.

We’re going to abolish the uniform business rate entirely.

That’s the single, national tax rate we impose on every council.

Any local area will be able to cut business rates as much as they like…

…to win new jobs and generate wealth.

It’s up to them to judge whether they can afford it.

It’s called having power and taking responsibility.

And for those big cities with elected mayors, like London, Manchester and now Sheffield, I will go even further.

Provided they have the support of the local business community, these mayors will be able to add a premium to the rates to pay for new infrastructure and build for their cities’ future.

Yes, further savings to be made in local government, but radical reform too.

So an end to the uniform business rate.

Money raised locally, spent locally.

Every council able to cut business taxes.

Every mayor able to build for their city’s future.

A new way to govern our country.

Power to the people.

Let the devolution revolution begin.

Friends, the great mistake for this country would be to stop moving forward.

To fail to take the big decisions.

To coast when we should be decisive.

Those were the clear instructions we were given by the British people five months ago.

That’s the job we’ve been asked to do.

We live in this great prosperous, peaceful, political democracy.

Precisely because those who came before us did their job.

Because they established factories and built cathedrals and laid railways.

Because they conducted experiments and made scientific breakthroughs and conquered disease.

Because they compiled encyclopaedias, wrote poetry and invented computers.

Because they set sail from these lands, fought tyrants and opened Britain to the world.

Now it is our turn.

We have inherited their legacy but also their responsibilities.

We have learned from their great deeds and also from their mistakes.

We see all the things they have done.

And we see all the things that are yet to be done.

We now say…

… we accept this responsibility.

We will take on these challenges.

We will do our duty.

Some people stand on the sidelines.

Some want to knock things down.

We are the builders.”

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Save our Public services

“While the rest of Europe is marching to confront the new challenges, the prime minister [Margaret Thatcher] is shuffling along in the gutter in the opposite direction, like an old bag lady, muttering imprecations at anyone who catches her eye.”

“While the rest of Europe is marching to confront the new challenges, the prime minister [Margaret Thatcher] is shuffling along in the gutter in the opposite direction, like an old bag lady, muttering imprecations at anyone who catches her eye.”

Firstly, I would like to say that the four arrest on Sunday 4 October does not represent the majority of the Marchers who went on the Anti-Austerity March. It was not done in my name.

What is David Cameron playing at by ensuring that Jamaica receiving 25 million pounds to building a prison for convicts that are found guilty for alleged drug mule to the UK. Surely this money could be well spent on investing on our public services and building council housing.

By doing this #piggate (David Cameron) has opened the floodgates for far right groups to say this money could be better spent on us the English people whom they will use as a recruiting ground to attack more black and minority ethnic groups which include Muslims and Jews.
I would like to make it very clear that I have visited the island on many occasions and it’s a lovely place which most Jamaicans all over the world will call it the land and water which is true. Let’s not forget that it was a European person called Christopher Columbus that discovered the island and he claimed that island in the name of Queen Isabella. In actual fact it was the Arawak who were the first settlers on the island.

It was Spain who brought the slaves to the island and some of them escaped their masters then called themselves maroons. The British came they ruled the island until the independence was granted in 1962. There is a can of worms coming to the forefront by allowing the family of slaves all over the Caribbean and African nations wanting to claim compensation from all the European Nations.

However I recognize that this will not happen as it’s a form of nationalism that will not be acceptable which are what African nations has been pushing for centuries. This is something which the European Nations will have to address very soon. The African nations is just as bad as the European nations for helping them to ensuring that there were a supply of slaves available from different tribes.Slave_trade

Instead all the European nations would rather highlight modern day slavery as it is more acceptable to address rather than they come clear to say that their fore parents were previously slave and plantain owners to boost their social status to become Members of Parliament (MPs) and Governors.

For the moment David Cameron can gloat all he wants as he and his cabinet ministers will use every opportunity to attack Jeremy Corbyn by indicating that he is not fit to be Prime Minister at the Conservative Conference this week in Manchester. They will claim that Labour is weak and they have a weak leader coupled by the so called uprising of his shadow cabinet ministers

David Cameron seems to forget he got a rough ride from the media and press when he stood for the Conservative Leadership but he pulled through to win a election with a majority of 12. A week in politics is a long time and the tide can turn on the conservatives. No doubt after all the conferences are over Conservatives will be on the attack with a vengeance to attack our pension and procurement policies which were introduced by a Labour Government from 1997/10 as they pay masters(hedge funders) demand they get a payback for donating to the Tories coffers. What a cheek of them to say the trade union are the pay master of Labour Party will both Thatcher and Major used those very words to attack our party.5-DavidCameron

So much for the political establishment (Conservatives) wanting to save British steel which they did squat dilly instead they chose to visit China to invest into HS2 and purchase cheap steel. No doubt that they will argue that the steel down turn is part as global issue. In the meantime the NHS is in turmoil with the possibility of family doctors alleging mass resignations in protest at increasing workloads leaving the government three months to prevent closures of surgeries. This comes no surprise that this establishment wants to bury bad news showing the health service to be hurting towards an unprecedented £20 billion deficit in a publication of a watchdog report containing the figures as not to hurt the Conservative party conference. It’s purported that half of teachers in England are thinking of quitting in the next two years suggested by a survey which found 61% of those wanting to leave blame workload. Conservatives smell the coffee now not tomorrow.

I love to have a vote in our future of UK to either remain in or out of Europe. Somehow I don’t have any confidence of a conservative establishment to deliver on its promise in EU. If anything I think that workers’ rights will not make one jock of a difference to the Conservatives they would rather stick two fingers at the social chapter.

It’s been purported that some backbenchers of the Conservatives worried about tax credit. What hug wash they are more worried of losing their seats leading up to general elections in 2020. They fail to recognize that there are people who have no choice but to queue up at the food banks to make ends meet. Whilst some people who are on benefits are struggling to find out how do they go about to receive a food-bank voucher which you are entitled to get three a year. So in between this time they lose out on their housing, council tax and to top it off they are unable to top up their electricity, gas meters and bedroom tax. All of this reminds of me of the dreaded poll tax which thatcher government introduced but only to scrap it later on during her premiership.foodbank

Conservatives says they are the party of working people. Yeah right. They rather hit people who are on benefits who suffer a disability which are visible and non-visible. They key message at their conference to people who are benefits get on your bike and find a job. I find it rich from the Tories saying they have a number of people are back at work. In truth there are people who are on zero hour contracts and some of course have gone self-employed with very little help from this establishment. Instead we have some of the policies that a Labour Government introduced has been scrapped by this government like SureStart, family friendly policies, incentives for unemployment for taking on unemployed, welfare reform like introducing the American system, national min wage, and living wage, to name a few. So it’s little wonder that David Cameron wants his successor to be George Osborne to be leader. The dark horse in the race will be Boris Johnson to take the crown away from the rest of the contenders.

I welcome the idea of a seven days of doctor surgery opening with some caution this grand idea of the establishment comes at a time when junior doctors, and general practitioners (GP) are under paid and over worked in UK and the fully qualified doctors are leaving UK to work in other countries or they are setting up their own consultancy which this Tory government continues to encourage them to do. I would like to see the loopholes closed to ensure that both doctors and nurses get their fair share of the deal instead of the government coming out with their usual anti NHS statements.

When the establishment gets their policies correct I will praise them, when they get it wrong I will criticize them over our public services. I have to say I disagree with this establishment over their policies on our public services. They need to go back to basics and listen to the professionals. So it’s little wonder voters and potential voters came out to vote.

The public does sense that if the party has no discipline from the shadow cabinet down to the membership they will not gain the supporters to put us back into power for the general elections in 2020.

In 2016 there will be local government, police crime commissioner, and London mayor elections all on the same day. Although it will be a testing time for Labour they will need to have policies in place. I say this to be cruel to be kind when I call on all sections of Labour members to unite and fight against the Tories before the elections. If we don’t do this then we as a party deserve to lose.
Remember to lobby all your prospective candidates and Member of Parliament on where they stand on our public services, and welfare.    



Tories record attacking public services whilst they been government.

jhfWho remembers the good old days of thatcher and major governments during the 1970-1997 when the government did their very best to smash the trade unions during the coal miners’ strike.

You forgive me for being a very old fart or loony left for bearing the scares of Thatcher, Major and Cameron establishment on my shoulders.

This is what they through would make them very popular as they said it would stop wildcat strike. What the milk snatcher(Maggie Thatcher) did  during that time was to provoke the strike by intimidating the strikers by forcing the police to arrest peaceful demonstrators on the picket lines coupled by bring in undercover solders to work alongside the police force to enforce their will.

Just when the government of the time thought that they did enough to smash the trade unions the Conservatives failed to comprehend by their actions that it made the trade unions even stronger by uniting the trade union movement which saw mergers of trade unions with more bargaining powers in the workplace.

The only concern that the Conservatives have is their paymasters (millionaire donors) have demanded they take action against the tube strikers, public sector workers via the trade unions reform.

So it’s no wonder the conservatives are proposing a new laws and defend their argument by tightening strike ballot rules and the cheek of business secretary Sajid Javid to state that this was “not a declaration of war” on unions or an “attack on the rights of working people”. jsjhsdv

He said that it was necessary to stop “endless” threat of industrial action.

This nothing more than the Conservatives to abuse parliamentary powers to stop the trade unions exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and more importantly to isolate Labour Party receiving political funding from the trade unions who are affiliated to our party. For this reason the Parliamentary Labour Party must opposite it and they should put their case to other likeminded people to oppose before it becomes law.

Olde ye olde ye the Tories are so desperate that they have decided to launch their own trade union called Conservatives Workers and Trade Union Movement. Not only this laughable one wonders if the conservatives have a change of heart and decided to hoodwink people that they are the party of working people.IMG_2608

Call me a old fart or a loony left  if you wish, this is no coincidence that the nasty establishment wants to attack our Human Rights Act which goes in hand and heart of the Trade Union Rights and Equality Act by watering it down with no teeth or backbone to them. Just look at what they have done to SureStart, School Meals, public services, NHS Workers rights junior doctors and Welfare.

It is purported that the bedroom tax is but one tiny part of welfare. People don’t understand welfare, and the Tories have been allowed to frame the wider debate in terms of ‘scroungers vs strivers’, and ‘welfare recipients are lazy and need to be given less hand-outs’. It’s further purported that Labour barely raised an argument to any of this; on the welfare cap,on the causes of the high welfare bill (low wages, high rents etc), on young people claiming etc. It’s all well and good raising it in parliament (and I don’t doubt the conviction of those that or so), but that doesn’t matter a jot if the public have been convinced that the Tory argument is the right argument, and they do because Labour rarely bother opposing them in public. Most of the time they’re tripping over themselves to agree with them in the press. Labour had their biggest successes when they took the argument loudly and passionately to the Tories, such as the Bedroom Tax, and Tax Credit. That’s because people respond to passionate, evidence based debates.jsfjl

Unsurprisingly, many of the key areas that caused Labour to fail amongst voters; trust on the economy, welfare, immigration, etc; were the exact same areas in which we’d allowed the Tories to dominate and frame the debate, putting up almost no positive, progressive defence. I would argue there is two sides of the coin. Yes there were times the message were not getting through this is because when Labour tried to promote the message the press, social media, and television are more interested in personality contest rather than substance. The second part of this story is when in opposition it can be hard to put forward and gain enough support to get the motion through the house as any opposition party will inform you even if you get likeminded MPs to support the motion it’s still not enough votes to overrun the establishment.

Here is our leader of Labour Party:

Granted Labour is a broad church and there are times members will disagree without prejudice on policies which is healthy for the party as it stimulates debates. As soon as the new leader got elected what does the Conservative Government does introduce in parliament a bill.

Then if this is not bad enough the conservatives accuses Jeremy Corbyn of a national security against the economy and to the nation without justification for their reasoning. They have the cheek to say they (Conservatives) are the party for the working people and the poor.

Please lobby your Member Of Parliament (MP) to vote against Trade Union Reform and Welfare Reform Bill. unnamed (1)

Those with very short memories who want to misrepresent Labour Party here is what the Shadow Chancellor and Leader of Labour had to say:

John McDonnell’s speech to the Labour party conference:

I warn you this is not my usual rant, they get me into trouble and I’ve promised. Jeremy told me to behave myself.

Jeremy and I sat down at the beginning of his campaign for the Labour leadership to discuss what they call the strap line for his campaign leaflets and posters.

We came up with the strapline you see now.
Straight talking, honest politics.

It just embodied for me what Jeremy Corbyn is all about.
So in the spirit of straight talking, honest politics.

Here’s some straight talking.

At the heart of Jeremy’s campaign, upon which he received such a huge mandate, was the rejection of austerity politics.unnamed

But austerity is just a word almost meaningless to many people.
What does it actually mean?

Well, for Michael O’Sullivan austerity was more than a word.
Michael suffered from severe mental illness.

He was certified by his GP as unable to work but despite the evidence submitted by 3 doctors, he was assessed by the company given the contract for the work capability assessment as fit for work.

Michael killed himself after his benefits were removed.

The coroner concluded his death was a direct result of the decision in his case.
I don’t believe Michael’s case stands alone.

I am grateful to Michael’s family for allowing me to mention him today.
I send them, I am sure on behalf of all us here, our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.

But also I want them to know that this party, when we return to Government, will end this brutal treatment of disabled people.jfjmng

Austerity is also not just a word for the 100,000 children in homeless families who tonight will be going to bed not in a home of their own but in a bed and breakfast or temporary accommodation.

On behalf of this party I give those children my solemn promise that when we return to government we will build you all a decent and secure home in which to live.
Austerity is not just a word for the women and families across the country being hit hardest by cuts to public services.

Women still face an average 19.1 per cent pay gap at work.

Labour will tackle the pay gap, oppose the cuts to our public services and end discrimination in our society.

Whenever we cite examples of what austerity really means the Conservatives always argue that no matter what the social cost of their austerity policies, they are necessary to rescue our economy.jeremy-corbyn-david-cameron

Let’s be clear. Austerity is not an economic necessity, it’s a political choice.
The leadership of the Conservative Party made a conscious decision six years ago that the very richest would be protected and it wouldn’t be those who caused the economic crisis, who would pay for it.

Although they said they were one nation Tories, they’ve demonstrated time and time again, they don’t represent one nation, they represent the 1 per cent.

When we challenge their austerity programme, the Conservatives accuse us of being deficit deniers.

Let me make this absolutely clear.

Of course we accept that there is a deficit but we will take no lessons from a chancellor who promised to wipe out the deficit in one Parliament but didn’t get through half.

Who promised to pay down the debt but has increased it by 50 per cent.

I tell you straight from here on in Labour will always ensure that this country lives within its means.

We will tackle the deficit but this is the dividing line between Labour and Conservative.

Unlike them, we will not tackle the deficit on the backs of middle and low earners and especially by attacking the poorest in our society.

We have always prided ourselves on being a fair and compassionate people in this country and we are.

We will tackle the deficit fairly and we can do it.

Here’s how.

We will dynamically grow our economy.

We will strategically invest in the key industries and sectors that will deliver the sustainable long term economic growth this country needs.

Economic growth that will reach all sections, all regions and all nations of our country.

And I meant it.

I was devastated by Labour’s losses in Scotland.

The SNP has now voted against the living wage, against capping rent levels and just last week voted against fair taxes in Scotland to spend on schools.

So here is my message to the people of Scotland:

Labour is now the only anti-austerity party.

Now’s he time to come home.

We will halt the Conservative tax cuts to the wealthy paid for by cuts to families income.

Three weeks ago we saw one of the starkest examples of the difference between us and the Conservatives.

The Conservatives cut tax credits to working families to pay for a multi billion pound cut in inheritance tax.

Families who had done everything asked of them.
Working hard but dependent on tax credits to make up for low pay.

They will have £1300 taken from them to pay for a tax cut to the wealthiest 4 per cent of the population.

The Conservatives argued that they’d introduced a so called living wage to make up for the tax credit cut.

But we all know that it was neither a living wage nor according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies did it make up for the amount families lost.

I tell you now, when we return to office, we will introduce a real living wage.
Labour’s plan to balance the books will be aggressive.

We will force people like Starbucks, Vodafone, Amazon and Google and all the others to pay their fair share of taxes.

Let me tell you also, there will be cuts to tackle the deficit but our cuts will not be the number of police officers on our streets or nurses in our hospitals or teachers in our classrooms.

They will be cuts to the corporate welfare system.

There will be cuts to subsidies paid to companies that take the money and fail to provide the jobs.

Cuts to the use of taxpayers’ money subsidising poverty paying bosses.

Cuts to the billion pound tax breaks given to buy to let landlords for repairing their properties, whether they undertake the repairs or not.

And cuts to the housing benefit bill when we build the homes we need and control exorbitant rents.

Where money needs to be raised it will be raised from fairer, more progressive taxation. We will be lifting the burden from middle and low-income earners paying for a crisis they did not cause.

If we inherit a deficit in 2020, fiscal policy will be used to pay down the debt and lower the deficit but at a speed that does not put into jeopardy sustainable economic growth.

We’ll use active monetary policy to stimulate demand where necessary.

We’ll also turn the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills into a powerful economic development department, in charge of public investment, infrastructure planning and setting new standards at work for all employees.

This is a radical departure not just from neoliberalism but from the way past administrations tried to run the economy.


Well we just don’t think the current model can deliver.

We don’t think that destroying industries and then subsidising a low pay economy through the tax system is a good idea.


But our radicalism, it comes with a burden.

We need to prove to the British people we can run the economy better than the rich elite that runs it now.

That’s why today I have established an Economic Advisory Committee to advise us on the development and implementation of our economic strategy.

We will draw on the unchallengeable expertise of some of the world’s leading economic thinkers including Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Simon Wren Lewis, Ann Pettifor and former member of the Bank of England Monetary Committee, David Blanchflower and many, many others drawn in for their specialist knowledge.

I give you this undertaking that every policy we propose and every economic instrument we consider for use will be rigorously tested to its extreme before we introduce it in government.

And we will demand that the Office of Budget Responsibility and the Bank of England put their resources at our disposal to test, test and test again to demonstrate our plans are workable and affordable.

These bodies are paid for by taxpayers and therefore should be accessible to all parties represented in Parliament.

In government we will establish and abide by that convention.

The foundation stones of our economic policy are prosperity and social justice.
We will create what Mariana Mazzucato describes as the entrepreneurial state.
A strategic state works in partnership with businesses, entrepreneurs and workers to stimulate growth.

Government’s role is to provide the opportunity for massive advances in technology, skills and organisational change that will drive up productivity, create new innovative products and new markets.

That requires patient long term finance for investment in research from a effectively resourced and empowered national investment bank.
A successful and fair economy cannot be created without the full involvement of its workforce.

That’s why restoring trade union rights and extending them to ensure workers are involved in determining the future of their companies is critical to securing the skills, development and innovation to compete in a globalised economy.
We will promote modern alternative public, co-operative, worker controlled and genuinely mutual forms of ownership.

At this stage let me say that I found the Conservatives rant against Jeremy’s proposal to bring rail back into public ownership ironic when George Osborne was touring China selling off to the Chinese State Bank any British asset he could lay his hands on.

It seems the state nationalising our assets is ok with the Tories as long as it’s the Chinese state or in the case of our railways the Dutch or French.

Institutional change has to reflect our policy change.

I want us to stand back and review the major institutions that are charged with managing our economy to check that they are fit for purpose and how they can be made more effective.

As a start I have invited Lord Bob Kerslake, former head of the civil service, to bring together a team to review the operation of the Treasury itself.

I will also be setting up a review of the Bank of England.

Let me be clear that we will guarantee the independence of the Bank of England.
It is time though to open a debate on the Bank’s mandate that was set by Parliament 18 years ago.

The mandate focuses on inflation, and even there the Bank regularly fails to meet its target.

We will launch a debate on expanding that mandate to include new objectives for its Monetary Policy Committee including growth, employment and earnings.

We will review the operation and resourcing of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to ensure that HMRC is capable of addressing tax evasion and avoidance and modernising our tax collection system.

This is how we will prepare for the future and the day we return to government.
Let me now return to today’s economy because to be frank, I am fearful for the present.

George Osborne fought the last election on the myth that the slowest economic recovery from recession in a century has been some sort of economic success.

In reality the Tories presided over the longest fall in workers’ pay since Queen Victoria sat on the throne.

A recovery based upon rising house prices, growing consumer credit, and inadequate reform of the financial sector.

An imbalanced economy overwhelmingly reliant on insecure jobs in the service sector.

Our balance of payments deficit, which is the gap between what we earn from the rest of the world and what we pay to the rest of the world, is at the highest levels it’s been since modern records began.

I worry that the same pre-crash warning signs are reappearing.
The UK economy is in recovery despite the Chancellor’s policies and not because of them.

You know the narrative George Osborne wanted to present of us this week.
Deficit deniers risking the security of the nation etc.

It was so obvious you could write it yourself blindfolded.

He has brought forward his grandiose fiscal charter not as serious policy making but as a political stunt.

A trap for us to fall into.

We are not playing those games any more.

Let me explain the significance of what we are doing today.
We are embarking on the immense task of changing the economic discourse in this country.

Step by step:

First we are throwing off that ridiculous charge that we are deficit deniers.

Second we are saying tackling the deficit is important but we are rejecting austerity as the means to do it.

Third we are setting out an alternative based upon dynamically growing our economy, ending the tax cuts for the rich and addressing the scourge of tax evasion and avoidance.

Fourth having cleared that debris from our path we are opening up a national discussion on the reality of the roles of deficits, surpluses, long-term investment, debt and monetary policy.

Fifth we will develop a coherent, concrete alternative that grows a green, sustainable, prosperous economy for all.

We are moving on the economic debate in this country from puerile knockabout to an adult conversation.

I believe the British people are fed up of being patronised and talked down to by politicians with little more than silly slogans and misleading analogies.

This is an immense task.

That’s why we need to draw upon all the talents outside and inside the party.

I admit that I was disappointed that after Jeremy’s election some refused to serve.

In the spirit of solidarity upon which our movement was founded I say come back and help us succeed.

We are in an era of new politics.

People will be encouraged to express their views in constructive debate.

Don’t mistake debate for division.

Don’t mistake democracy for disunity.

This is the new politics.

Many still don’t understand its potential.

As socialists we will display our competence with our compassion.
Idealists yes but ours is a pragmatic idealism to get things done, to transform our society.

We remain inspired by the belief and hope that another world is possible.

This is our opportunity to prove it.

Let’s seize it.


John McDonnell

This what Jeremy Corbyn had to say at Conference:

Friends, thank you so much for that incredible welcome and Rohi, thank you so much for that incredible welcome. Rohi, thank you so much for the way you introduced me and the way our family and you have contributed so much to our community. That was absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much.

I am truly delighted to be invited to make this speech today, because for the past two weeks, as you’ve probably known I’ve had a very easy, relaxing time. Hardly anything of any importance at all has happened to me.

You might have noticed in some of our newspapers they’ve taken a bit of an interest in me lately.

Some of the things I’ve read are this. According to one headline “Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the prospect of an asteroid ‘wiping out’ humanity.”

Now, asteroids are pretty controversial. It’s not the kind of policy I’d want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference. So can we have the debate later in the week!

Another newspaper went even further and printed a ‘mini-novel’ that predicted how life would look if I were Prime Minister. It’s pretty scary I have to tell you.

It tells us football’s Premier League would collapse, which makes sense, because it’s quite difficult to see how all our brilliant top 20 teams in the Premiership would cope with playing after an asteroid had wiped out humanity. So that’s a no-no for sure!

And then the Daily Express informed readers that – I’m not quite sure how many greats there are here, but I think there are three or four – great-great-great grandfather, who I’d never heard of before was a very unpleasant sort of chap who apparently was involved in running a workhouse. I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not doing the decent thing and going back in time to have a chat with him about his appalling behaviour.

But then there’s another journalist who had obviously been hanging around my street a great deal, who quotes: “Neighbours often see him riding a Chairman Mao style bicycle.” Less thorough journalists might just have referred to it as just a ‘bicycle’, but no.

So we have to conclude that whenever we see someone on a bicycle from now on, there goes another supporter of Chairman Mao. Thus, the Daily Express has changed history.

But seriously Conference it’s a huge honour and a privilege for me to speak to you today as Leader of the Labour Party.

To welcome all our new members.

More than 160,000 have joined the Labour party.

And more than 50,000 have joined since the declaration of the leadership and deputy leadership election results.

I’m very proud to say that in my own constituency, our membership as of last night had just gone over 3,000 individual members and 2,000 registered supporters. 5,000 people in my constituency.

I want to say first of all thank you to all of the people of my constituency of Islington North and Islington North Labour party for their friendship, support and all the activities we’ve done and all the help and support they’ve given me in the past few weeks. I’m truly grateful to you. Thank you very much indeed to everyone in Islington.

Above I want to welcome all our new members to this party, everyone who’s joined this party in this great endeavour. To change our party, change our country, change our politics and change the way we do things. Above all I want to speak to everyone in Britain about the tasks Labour has now turned to.

Opposing and fighting the Tory government and the huge damage it is doing.

Developing Labour’s alternative.

Renewing our policies so we can reach out across the country and win.

Starting next year.

In Wales.

In Scotland.

In London.

In Bristol.

In local government elections across Britain.

I want to repeat the thanks I gave after my election to all the people who have served the Labour Party so well in recent months and years.

To Ed Miliband for the leadership he gave our party, and for the courage and dignity he showed in the face of tawdry media attacks.

And also for the contribution I know he will be making in the future.

Especially on the vital issues of the environment and climate change.

Thank you Ed. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.

And to Harriet Harman not just for her leadership and service, but for her commitment and passion for equality and the rights of women.

The way she has changed attitudes and law through her courage and determination. The Equality Act is one of many testaments to her huge achievements. Thank you, Harriet, for everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do.

I also want to say a big thank you to Iain McNicol, our General Secretary, and all our Party staff in London and Newcastle and all over the country for their dedication and hard work during the General Election and leadership election campaigns.

And also to all the staff and volunteers who are doing such a great job here this week in Brighton at this incredible conference we’re holding. Thank you to all of them. They’re part of our movement and part of our conference.

Also I want to say a special thank you to the fellow candidates who contested the leadership election for this party.

It was an amazing three month experience for all of us.

I want to say thank you to Liz Kendall, for her passion, her independence, determination and her great personal friendship to me throughout the campaign. Liz, thank you so much for that and all you contribute to the party.

I want to say thank you to Yvette Cooper for the remarkable way in which she’s helped to change public attitudes towards the refugee crisis.

And now for leading a taskforce on how Britain and Europe can do more to respond to this crisis. Yvette, thank you for that.

And to Andy Burnham, our new Shadow Home Secretary, for everything he did as Health Secretary to defend our NHS – health service free at the point if use as a human right for all.

I want to say thank you to all three for the spirit and friendship with which they contested the election.

Thank you Liz.

Thank you Yvette.

Thank you Andy.

I want to thank all those who took part in that election, at hustings and rallies all across the country. Our Party at its best, democratic, inclusive and growing.

I’ve got new people to thank as well.

The talented colleagues working with me in the Shadow Cabinet and on Labour’s front bench.

An inclusive team from all political wings of our Party.

From every part of our country.

It gives us the right foundation for the open debate our Party must now have about the future.

I am not leader who wants to impose leadership lines all the time.

I don’t believe anyone of us has a monopoly on wisdom and ideas – we all have ideas and a vision of how things can be better.

I want open debate in our party and our movement.

I will listen to everyone.

I firmly believe leadership is about listening.

We will reach out to our new members and supporters.

Involve people in our debates on policy and then our Party as a whole will decide.

I’ve been given a huge mandate, by 59 per cent of the electorate who supported my campaign. I believe it is a mandate for change.

I want to explain how.

First and foremost it’s a vote for change in the way we do politics.

In the Labour Party and in the country.

Politics that’s kinder, more inclusive.

Bottom up, not top down.

In every community and workplace, not just in Westminster.

Real debate, not necessarily message discipline all the time.

But above all, straight talking. Honest.

That’s the politics we’re going to have in the future in this party and in this movement.

And it was a vote for political change in our party as well.

Let me be clear under my leadership, and we discussed this yesterday in conference, Labour will be challenging austerity.

It will be unapologetic about reforming our economy to challenge inequality and protect workers better.

And internationally Labour will be a voice for engagement in partnership with those who share our values.

Supporting the authority of international law and international institutions, not acting against them.

The global environment is in peril.

We need to be part of an international movement to cut emissions and pollution.

To combat the environmental danger to our planet.

These are crucial issues. But I also want to add this.

I’ve been standing up for human rights, challenging oppressive regimes for 30 years as a backbench MP.

And before that as an individual activist, just like everyone else in this hall.

Just because I’ve become the leader of this party, I’m not going to stop standing up on those issues or being that activist.

So for my first message to David Cameron, I say to him now a little message from our conference, I hope he’s listening – you never know:

Intervene now personally with the Saudi Arabian regime to stop the beheading and crucifixion of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who is threatened with the death penalty, for taking part in a demonstration at the age of 17.

And while you’re about it, terminate that bid made by our Ministry of Justice’s to provide services for Saudi Arabia – which would be required to carry out the sentence that would be put down on Mohammed Ali al-Nimr.

We have to be very clear about what we stand for in human rights.

A refusal to stand up is the kind of thing that really damages Britain’s standing in the world.

I have huge admiration for human rights defenders all over the world. I’ve met hundreds of these very brave people during my lifetime working on international issues. I want to say a special mention to one group who’ve campaigned for the release of British resident Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay.

This was a campaign of ordinary people like you and me, standing on cold draughty streets, for many hours over many years.

Together we secured this particular piece of justice.

That’s how our human rights were won by ordinary people coming together. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things – that is how our rights and our human rights have been won.

The Tories want to repeal the Human Rights Act and some want leave the European convention on Human Rights.

Just to show what they’re made of, their new Trade Union Bill which we’re opposing very strongly in the House and the country, is also a fundamental attack on human rights and is in breach of both the ILO and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Now I’ve been listening to a lot of advice about how to do this job.

There’s plenty of advice around, believe me.

Actually I quite like that.  I welcome that.

I like to listen to advice, particularly the advice which is unwelcome. That is often the best advice you get. The people that tell you, “yes, you’re doing great, you’re brilliant, you’re wonderful”. Fine. Thank you, but what have I got wrong? “Oh, I haven’t got time for that.”

I want to listen to people.

But I do like to do things differently as well.

I’ve been told never to repeat your opponents’ lines in a political debate.

But I want to tackle one thing head on.

The Tories talk about economic and family security being at risk from us the Labour party, or perhaps even more particularly, from me.

I say this to them. How dare these people talk about security for families and people in Britain?

Where’s the security for families shuttled around the private rented sector on six month tenancies – with children endlessly having to change schools?

Where’s the security for those tenants afraid to ask a landlord to fix a dangerous structure in their own homes because they might be evicted because they’ve gone to the local authority to seek the justice they’re entitled to?

Where’s the security for the carers struggling to support older family members as Tory local government cuts destroy social care and take away the help they need?

Where’s the security for young people starting out on careers knowing they are locked out of any prospect of ever buying their own home by soaring house prices?

Where’s the security for families driven away from their children’s schools, their community and family ties by these welfare cuts?

Where’s the security for the hundreds of thousands taking on self-employment with uncertain income, no sick pay, no Maternity Pay, no paid leave, no pension now facing the loss of the tax credits that keep them and their families afloat?

And there’s no security for the 2.8 million households in Britain forced into debt by stagnating wages and the Tory record of the longest fall in living standards since records began.

And that’s the nub of it.

Tory economic failure.

An economy that works for the few, not for the many.

Manufacturing still in decline.

Look at the Tory failure to intervene to support our steel industry as the Italian government has done.

So, as we did yesterday in conference, we stand with the people on Teesside fighting for their jobs, their industry and their community. The company has said that it will mothball the plant and lay the workers off, therefore it is not too late now, again, to call on the Prime Minister even at this late stage, this 12th hour, to step in and defend those people, like the Italian government has done. Why can’t the British government? What is wrong with them?

There’s an investment crisis.

Britain at the bottom of the international league on investment.

Just below Madagascar and just above El Salvador.  So we’re doing quite well!

Britain’s balance of payment deficit £100 billion last year.

Loading our economy and every one of us with unsustainable debt for the future.

And the shocks in world markets this summer have shown what a dangerous and fragile state the world economy is in.

And how ill prepared the Tories have left us to face another crisis.

It hasn’t been growing exports and a stronger manufacturing sector that have underpinned the feeble economic recovery.

It’s house price inflation, asset inflation, more private debt.




The real risk to economic and family security.

To people who have had to stretch to take on mortgages.

To people who have only kept their families afloat through relying on their credit cards, and payday loans.

Fearful of how they will cope with a rise in interest rates.

It’s not acceptable.

The Tories’ austerity is the out-dated and failed approach of the past.

So it’s for us, for Labour to develop our forward-looking alternative.

That’s what John McDonnell started to do in his excellent speech to conference.

At the heart of it is investing for the future.

Every mainstream economist will tell you that with interest rates so low now is the time for public investment in our infrastructure.

Investment in council housing, and for affordable homes to rent and to buy.

John Healey’s plan for 100,000 new council and housing association homes a year.

To tackle the housing crisis, drive down the spiralling housing benefit bill and so to make the taxpayer a profit. A profit for the taxpayer because the benefit bill falls when the cost of housing falls. It’s quite simple actually and quite a good idea.

Investment in fast broadband to support new high technology jobs.

A National Investment Bank to support investment in infrastructure.

To provide finance to small and medium sized firms that our banks continue to starve of the money they need to grow.

A Green New Deal investing in renewable energy and energy conservation to tackle the threat of climate change.

The Tories of course are selling off the Green Investment Bank. They are simply not interested in this.

This is the only way to a strong economic future for Britain.

That’s sustainable.

That turns round the terrible trade deficit.

That supports high growth firms and businesses.

That provides real economic security for our people.

The economy of the future depends on the investment we make today in infrastructure, skills, and schools.

I’m delighted that Lucy Powell is our new shadow Education Secretary.
She has already set out how the education of every child and the quality of every school counts.

Every school accountable to local government, not bringing back selection.
We have aspirations for all children, not just a few.

Now my first public engagement as Labour leader came within an hour of being elected.

I was proud to speak at the ‘Refugees Welcome’ rally in London. I wanted to send out a message of the kinder politics we are pursuing and a caring society we want to achieve.

I have been inspired by people across our country.

Making collections for the refugees in Calais. Donating to charities.

The work of Citizens UK to involve whole communities in this effort.

These refugees are the victims of war – many the victims of the brutal conflict in Syria.

It is a huge crisis, the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. And globally it’s the biggest refugee crisis there has ever been.

But the scale of the response from the government, Europe and the international community isn’t enough.

And whilst the government is providing welcome aid to the region, especially in the Lebanon, we all know much more needs to be done. Because it’s a crisis of human beings just like you and just like me looking for security and looking for safety. Let’s reach out the hand of humanity and friendship to them.

Now let me say something about national security.

The best way to protect the British people against the threats we face to our safety at home and abroad is to work to resolve conflict.

That isn’t easy, but it is unavoidable if we want real security.

Our British values are internationalist and universal.

They are not limited by borders.

Britain does need strong, modern military and security forces to keep us safe.

And to take a lead in humanitarian and peace keeping missions – working with and strengthening the United Nations.

On my first day in Parliament as Labour Leader it was a privilege to meet the soldiers and medics who did such remarkable work in tackling the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

There is no contradiction between working for peace across the world and doing what is necessary to keep us safe.

Today we face very different threats from the time of the Cold War which ended thirty years ago.

That’s why I have asked our Shadow Defence Secretary, Maria Eagle, to lead a debate and review about how we deliver that strong, modern effective protection for the people of Britain.

I’ve made my own position on one issue clear. And I believe I have a mandate from my election on it.

I don’t believe £100 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up a quarter of our defence budget is the right way forward.

I believe Britain should honour our obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty and lead in making progress on international nuclear disarmament.

But in developing our policy through the review we must make sure we all the jobs and skills of everyone in every aspect of the defence industry are fully protected and fully utilised so that we gain from this, we don’t lose from this. To me, that is very important.

And on foreign policy we need to learn the lessons of the recent past.

It didn’t help our national security that, at the same time I was protesting outside the Iraqi Embassy about Saddam Hussein’s brutality, Tory ministers were secretly conniving with illegal arms sales to his regime.

It didn’t help our national security when we went to war with Iraq in defiance of the United Nations and on a false prospectus.

It didn’t help our national security to endure the loss of hundreds of brave British soldiers in that war while making no proper preparation for what to do after the fall of the regime.

Nor does it help our national security to give such fawning and uncritical support to regimes like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain – who abuse their own citizens and repress democratic rights. These are issues we have to stand up on and also recognise in some cases they are using British weapons in their assault on Yemen. We have got to be clear on where our objectives are.

But there is a recent object lesson in how real leadership can resolve conflicts, prevent war and build real security.

It’s the leadership, the clever and difficult diplomacy that has been shown by Barack Obama and others in reaching the historic deal with Iran. A deal that opens the way for new diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria.

The scale of the destruction and suffering in Syria is truly dreadful.

More than a quarter of a million people killed.

More than ten million driven from their homes.

I yield to no-one in my opposition to the foul and despicable crimes committed by Isil and by the Assad government including barrel bombs being dropped on civilian targets.

We all want the atrocities to stop and the Syrian people free to determine their own destiny.

But the answer to this complex and tragic conflict can’t simply be found in a few more bombs.

I agree with Paddy Ashdown when he says that military strikes against Isil aren’t succeeding, not because we do not have enough high explosives, but because we do not have a diplomatic strategy on Syria.

That’s the challenge for leadership now, for us, for David Cameron.

The clever, patient, difficult diplomacy Britain needs to play a leading role in.

That’s why Hilary Benn and I together are calling for a new United Nations Security Council resolution that can underpin a political solution to the crisis.

I believe the UN can yet bring about a process that leads to an end to the violence in Syria. Yesterday’s meetings in New York were very important.

Social democracy itself was exhausted.

Dead on its feet.

Yet something new and invigorating, popular and authentic has exploded.

To understand this all of us have to share our ideas and our contributions.

Our common project must be to embrace the emergence of a modern left movement and harness it to build a society for the majority.

Now some media commentators who’ve spent years complaining about how few people have engaged with political parties have sneered at our huge increase in membership.

If they were sports reporters writing about a football team they’d be saying:

“They’ve had a terrible summer. They’ve got 160,000 new fans. Season tickets are sold out. The new supporters are young and optimistic. I don’t know how this club can survive a crisis like this.”

We celebrate the enthusiasm of so many people, old and young, from all communities.

In every part of the country.

Joining Labour as members and supporters.

And we need to change in response to this movement.

Our new members want to be active and involved.

Want to have a say in our Labour Party’s policies.

Want to lead local and national campaigns against injustice and the dreadful impact of Tory austerity.

Want to work in their local communities to make people’s lives better.

They don’t want to do things the old way.

Young people and older people are fizzing with ideas. Let’s give them the space for that fizz to explode into the joy we want of a better society.

They want a new politics of engagement and involvement.

Many of them are already active in their communities, in voluntary organisations, in local campaigns.

And we’ve convinced them now to take a further step and join our Labour Party.

What a tremendous opportunity for our Labour Party to be the hub of every community.

The place where people come together to campaign.

To debate, to build friendships, to set up new community projects.

To explain and talk to their neighbours about politics, about changing Britain for the better.

That’s going to mean a lot of change for the way we’ve done our politics in the past.

Our new Deputy Leader Tom Watson is well up for that challenge. He’s leading the charge and leading the change of the much greater use of digital media as a key resource.

That is the way of communication, it is not just through broadsheet newspapers or tabloids, it’s social media that really is the point of communication of the future. We have got to get that.

One firm commitment I make to people who join our Labour Party is that you have a real say, the final say in deciding on the policies of our party.

No-one – not me as Leader, not the Shadow Cabinet, not the Parliamentary Labour Party – is going to impose policy or have a veto.

The media commentariat don’t get it.

They’ve been keen to report disagreements as splits: agreement and compromise as concessions and capitulation


This is grown up politics.

Where people put forward different views.

We debate issues.

We take a decision and we go forward together.

We look to persuade each other.

On occasions we might agree to disagree.

But whatever the outcome we stand together, united as Labour, to put forward a better way to the misery on offer from the Conservatives.

There’s another important thing about how we are going to do this.

It’s a vital part of our new politics.

I want to repeat what I said at the start of the leadership election.

I do not believe in personal abuse of any sort.

Treat people with respect.

Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself.

Listen to their views, agree or disagree but have that debate.

There is going to be no rudeness from me.

Maya Angelou said: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

I want a kinder politics, a more caring society.

Don’t let them reduce you to believing in anything less.

So I say to all activists, whether Labour or not, cut out the personal attacks.

The cyberbullying.

And especially the misogynistic abuse online.

And let’s get on with bringing values back into politics.

So what are our first big campaigns?

I want to start with a fundamental issue about democratic rights for Britain.

Just before Parliament rose for the summer the Tories sneaked out a plan to strike millions of people off the electoral register this December.

A year earlier than the advice of the independent Electoral Commission.

It means two million or more people could lose their right to vote.

That’s 400,000 people in London. It’s 70,000 people in Glasgow.

Thousands in every town and city, village and hamlet all across the country

That’s overwhelmingly students, people in insecure accommodation, and short stay private lets.

We know why the Tories are doing it.

They want to gerrymander next year’s Mayoral election in London by denying hundreds of thousands of Londoners their right to vote.

They want to do the same for the Assembly elections in Wales.

And they want to gerrymander electoral boundaries across the country.

By ensuring new constituencies are decided on the basis of the missing registers when the Boundary Commission starts its work in April 2016.

Conference we are going to do our best to stop them.

We will highlight this issue in Parliament and outside.

We will work with Labour councils across the country to get people back on the registers.

And from today our Labour Party starts a nationwide campaign for all our members to work in every town and city, in every university as students start the new term, to stop the Tory gerrymander. To get people on the electoral register.

It’s hard work – as I know from 10 years as the election agent for a marginal London constituency.

But now we have new resources.

The power of social media.

The power of our huge new membership.

Conference, let’s get to it. Get those people on the register to give us those victories but also to get fairness within our society.

And, friends, we need to renew our party in Scotland. I want to pay tribute today to our leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale and her team of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

I know that people in Scotland have been disappointed by the Labour Party.

I know you feel we lost our way.

I agree with you.

Kezia has asked people to take another look at the Labour Party.

And that’s what I want people across Scotland to do.

Under Kezia and my leadership we will change.

We will learn the lessons of the past.

And we will again make Labour the great fighting force you expect us to be.

We need to be investing in skills, investing in our young people – not cutting student numbers. Giving young people real hope and real opportunity.

Conference, it is Labour that is the progressive voice for Scotland.

There’s another big campaign we need to lead.

David Cameron’s attack on the living standards of low paid workers and their families through the assault on tax credits.

First, remind people over and over again David Cameron pledged during the election not to cut child tax credits.

On the Question Time Leader’s debate he said he had rejected child tax credit cuts.

It’s a shocking broken promise – and the Tories voted it through in Parliament just two weeks ago.

How can it be right for a single mother working as a part time nurse earning just £18,000 to lose £2,000 to this broken promise?

Some working families losing nearly £3,500 a year to this same broken promise.

And how can it be right or fair to break this promise while handing out an inheritance tax cut to 60,000 of the wealthiest families in the country?  See the contrast

So we’ll fight this every inch of the way.

And we’ll campaign at the workplace, in every community against this Tory broken promise.

And to expose the absurd lie that the Tories are on the side of working people, that they are giving Britain a pay rise.

It was one of the proudest days of my life when cycling home from Parliament at 5 o’clock in the morning having voted for the national minimum wage legislation to go through.

So of course it’s good to see a minimum wage.

But the phoney rebranding of it as a living wage doesn’t do anyone any good.

And the Institute of Fiscal Studies has shown Cameron’s broken promise mean millions of workers are still left far worse off.

They can and must be changed.

As I travelled the country during the leadership campaign it was wonderful to see the diversity of all the people in our country.

And that is now being reflected in our membership with more black, Asian and ethnic minority members joining our party.

Even more inspiring is the unity and unanimity of their values.

A belief in coming together to achieve more than we can on our own.

Fair play for all.

Solidarity and not walking by on the other side of the street when people are in trouble.

Respect for other people’s point of view.

It is this sense of fair play, these shared majority British values that are the fundamental reason why I love this country and its people.

These values are what I was elected on: a kinder politics and a more caring society.

They are Labour values and our country’s values.

We’re going to put these values back into politics.

I want to rid Britain of injustice, to make it fairer, more decent, more equal.

And I want all our citizens to benefit from prosperity and success.

There is nothing good about cutting support to the children of supermarket workers and cleaners.

There is nothing good about leaving hundreds of thousands unable to feed themselves, driving them to foodbanks that have almost become an institution.

And there is nothing good about a Prime Minister wandering around Europe trying to bargain away the rights that protect our workers.

As our Conference decided yesterday we will oppose that and stand up for the vision of a social Europe, a Europe of unity and solidarity, to defend those rights.

I am proud of our history.

It is a history of courageous people who defied overwhelming odds to fight for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

The rights of women to vote.

The rights and dignity of working people;

Our welfare state.

The NHS – rightly at the centre of Danny Boyle’s great Olympic opening ceremony.

The BBC.

Both great institutions.

Both under attack by the Tories.

Both threatened by the idea that profit comes first, not the needs and interests of our people. That’s the difference between us and the Tories.

So let me make this commitment.

Our Labour Party will always put people’s interests before profit.

Now I want to say a bit more about policy – and the review that Angela Eagle has announced this week.

Let’s start by recognising the huge amount of agreement we start from, thanks to the work that Angela led in the National Policy Forum.

Then we need to be imaginative and recognise the ways our country is changing.

In my leadership campaign I set out some ideas for how we should support small businesses and the self-employed.
That’s because one in seven of the labour force now work for themselves.

Some of them have been driven into it as their only response to keep an income coming in, insecure though it is.

But many people like the independence and flexibility self-employment brings to their lives, the sense of being your own boss.

And that’s a good thing.

But with that independence comes insecurity and risk especially for those on the lowest and most volatile incomes.

There’s no Statutory Sick Pay if they have an accident at work.

There’s no Statutory Maternity Pay for women when they become pregnant

They have to spend time chasing bigger firms to pay their invoices on time, so they don’t slip further into debt.

They earn less than other workers.

On average just £11,000 a year.

And their incomes have been hit hardest by five years of Tory economic failure.

So what are the Tories doing to help the self-employed, the entrepreneurs they claim to represent?

They’re clobbering them with the tax credit cuts.

And they are going to clobber them again harder as they bring in Universal Credit.

So I want our policy review to tackle this in a really serious way. And be reflective of what modern Britain is actually like.

Labour created the welfare state as an expression of a caring society – but all too often that safety net has holes in it, people fall through it, and it is not there for the self-employed.  It must be. That is the function of a universal welfare state.

Consider opening up Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay to the self-employed so all new born children can get the same level of care from their parents.

I’ve asked Angela Eagle, our Shadow Business Secretary, and Owen Smith, our Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, to look at all the ways we can we support self-employed people and help them to grow their businesses.

And I want to thank Lillian Greenwood, our Shadow Transport Secretary for the speed and skill with which she has moved policy on the future of our railways forward.

It was wonderful to see Conference this morning agree our new plan to bring private franchises into public ownership as they expire.

Labour’s policy now is to deliver the fully integrated, publicly owned railway the British people want and need. That’s the Labour policy, that’s the one we’ll deliver on.

Housing policy too is a top priority.

Perhaps nowhere else has Tory failure been so complete and so damaging to our people.

In the last parliament at least half a million fewer homes built than needed.

Private rents out of control.

A third of private rented homes not meeting basic standards of health and safety.

The chance of owning a home a distant dream for the vast majority of young people.

There’s no answer to this crisis that doesn’t start with a new council house-building programme.

With new homes that are affordable to rent and to buy.

As John Healey, our Shadow Housing Minister, has shown it can pay for itself and make the taxpayer a profit by cutting the housing benefit bill by having reasonable rents, not exorbitant rents

And we need new ideas to tackle land hoarding and land speculation.

These are issues that are so vital to how things go forward in this country.

I want a kinder, more caring politics that does not tolerate more homelessness, more upheaval for families in temporary accommodation.

A secure home is currently out of reach for millions.

And John Healey has already made a great start on a fundamental review of our housing policies to achieve that.

And we are going to make mental health a real priority.

It’s an issue for all of us.

Every one of us can have a mental health problem.

So let’s end the stigma.

End the discrimination.

And with Luciana Berger, our Shadow Minister for Mental Health, I’m going to challenge the Tories to make parity of esteem for mental health a reality not a slogan.

With increased funding – especially for services for children and young people.

As three quarters of chronic mental health problems start before the age of 18.

Yet only a quarter of those young people get the help they need.

All our work on policy will be underpinned by Labour’s values.

End the stigma, end the discrimination, treat people with mental health conditions as you would wish to be treated yourself. That’s our pledge.

Let’s put them back into politics.

Let’s build that kinder, more caring world.

Since the dawn of history in virtually every human society there are some people who are given a great deal and many more people who are given little or nothing.

Some people have property and power, class and capital, status and clout which are denied to the many.

And time and time again, the people who receive a great deal tell the many to be grateful to be given anything at all.

They say that the world cannot be changed and the many must accept the terms on which they are allowed to live in it.

These days this attitude is justified by economic theory.

The many with little or nothing are told they live in a global economy whose terms cannot be changed.

They must accept the place assigned to them by competitive markets.

By the way, isn’t it curious that globalisation always means low wages for poor people, but is used to justify massive payments to top chief executives.

Our Labour Party came into being to fight that attitude.

That is still what our Labour Party is all about. Labour is the voice that says to the many, at home and abroad: “you don’t have to take what you’re given.”

Labour says:

“You may be born poor but you don’t have to stay poor. You don’t have to live without power and without hope.

“You don’t have to set limits on your talent and your ambition – or those of your children.

“You don’t have to accept prejudice and discrimination, or sickness or poverty, or destruction and war.

“You don’t have to be grateful to survive in a world made by others.

No, you set the terms for the people in power over you, and you dismiss them when they fail you.”

That’s what democracy is about.

That has always been our Labour Party’s message.

You don’t have to take what you’re given.

It was the great Nigerian writer Ben Okri who perhaps put it best:

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love”.

But they’re at it again.

The people who want you to take what you’re given.

This Tory government.

This government which was made by the few – and paid for by the few.

Since becoming leader David Cameron has received £55 million in donations from hedge funds. From people who have a lot and want to keep it all.

That is why this pre-paid government came into being.

To protect the few and tell all the rest of us to accept what we’re given.

To deliver the £145 million tax break they have given the hedge funds in return.

They want us to believe there is no alternative to cutting jobs.

Slashing public services.

Vandalising the NHS.

Cutting junior doctor’s pay.

Reducing care for the elderly.

Destroying the hopes of young people for a college education or putting university graduates into massive debt.

Putting half a million more children in poverty.

They want the people of Britain to accept all of these things.

They expect millions of people to work harder and longer for a lower quality of life on lower wages. Well, they’re not having it.

Our Labour Party says no.
The British people never have to take what they are given.

And certainly not when it comes from Cameron and Osborne.

So Conference, I come almost to the end of my first conference speech, and I think you for listening OK, alright, don’t worry. Listen, I’ve spoken at 37 meetings since Saturday afternoon, is that not enough? Well talk later.

So I end conference with a quote.

The last bearded man to lead the Labour Party was a wonderful great Scotsman, Keir Hardie who died about a century ago this weekend and we commemorated him with a book we launched on Sunday evening. Kier grew up in dreadful poverty and made so much of his life and founded our party.

Stood up to be counted on votes for women, stood up for social justice, stood up to develop our political party.

We own him and so many more so much. And he was asked once summaries what you are about, summarise what you really mean in your life. And he thought for a moment and he said this:

“My work has consisted of trying to stir up a divine discontent with wrong”.

Don’t accept injustice, stand up against prejudice.

Let us build a kinder politics, a more caring society together.

Let us put our values, the people’s values, back into politics.

Thank you.