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of ifif‘m‘ t r’ 7 of manchester and london, mayors of manchester and london, played a crucial role in bringing people together in the aftermath of those brutal attacks. thank you both for what you did. applause what you did in uniting communities. the targeting of our democracy, of teenage girls at a music concert, of people enjoying a night out. worshippers outside a mosque, commuters going to work will stop all these are horrific crimes and we all these are horrific crimes and we all unite in both condemning the perpetrators and in our support for the emergency and security services working to keep us safe. applause all of our communities came together in manchester and london to condemn
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those attacks from all walks of life and all faiths. but we also know that terrorism is thriving in a world that frankly our governments have helped to shape with its failed states, military interventions and occupations. applause. where millions of people are forced to flee conflict or hunger, we have to flee conflict or hunger, we have to do better and swap the knee—jerk response of another bombing campaign for long—term help to solve the conflict, rather than fuel them. and we must put our values at the
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heart of our foreign policy. democracy and human rights are not an optional extra to be deployed selectively. we cannot be silent at the cruel saudi war in yemen while continuing to supply arms to saudi arabia. already or the crushing of democracy in egypt or bahrain. or the tragic loss of life in the congo which the media very seldom bother to report. and i say this today, through aung san suu kyi, a champion of democracy and human rights, please do all you can to end the violence now against
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the rohingya in myanmar. and allow the international agencies and international aid agencies into the state. the rohingya have suffered for too long. we should stand firm for peaceful solutions to international crises. let's tone down the rhetoric and back dialogue and negotiations. to wind down the keeply dangerous confrontation over the korean peninsula. i appeal to
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the korean peninsula. i appeal to the un secretary antonio gutirrez to go to washington and pyongyang to kick start the essential process of dialogue. applause. webb let's give real support to end the oppression of the palestinian people. applause. the 50—year occupation under legal
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settle m e nt the 50—year occupation under legal settlement expansion and move to a genuine two—state solution to the israel—palestine conflict. applause. israel's voice needs to be heard in the world and we must be a candidate of the united states now more than ever. the values we share are not served by building walls. polluting the planet or pandering to racism. let me say frankly, conference, the speech made by the united states president to the un last week was disturbing. it threatened war and talked of tearing up threatened war and talked of tearing up international agreements. devoid of concern for human rights and
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universal values, it really wasn't the speech that should have been made. applause. our government has a responsibility. it cannot meekly go along with this dangerous course. if the special relationship means anything, it must mean that we can say to washington, that way is the wrong way. applause. and that is clearly what is needed in the case of bombardier where thousands of jobs in the case of bombardier where thousands ofjobs are now at stake. thousands of jobs thousands ofjobs are now at stake. thousands ofjobs at risk. a prime minister betting our economic future ona minister betting our economic future on a deregulated trade deal with the us might want to take a moment to explain how 220% tariffs are going to boost our exports from this
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country! applause. so let britain's voice be heard loud and clear. for peace, forjustice and clear. for peace, forjustice and cooperation. applause. conference, it's often said that elections can only be won from the centre ground. and all right, well, ina way, centre ground. and all right, well, in a way, that's not wrong, so long as it's clear that the political centre of gravity isn't fixed or unmovable. applause. nor is it where the establishment pundits like to think it is because
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they know everything, as you know. it shifts as people's expectations and experiences change and political spaceis and experiences change and political space is opened up. today's centre ground is certainly not where it was 20 or 30 years ago. a new consensus is emerging, from the great economic crash and the years of austerity, to when people started to find a political voice. for their hopes for something different and something better. applause. 2017 may be the year when politics finally caught up with the crash of 2008. applause. because we offered people a clear
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choice. we need to build a still broader consensus around the priorities we set in the election campaign. making the case for both compassion and collective aspiration. that's the real centre of gravity in politics. we are now the political mainstream. yes. our manifesto and our policies are popular because that is what most people in the country actually want. not what they're being told they should want. applause. and that's why labour is on the way backin and that's why labour is on the way back in scotland, becoming once again the champion of social justice. applause.
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thank you, kezia, for your leadership in scotland, thank you alex for taking over, and whoever next leads scottish labour, i'll be working with them delivering a unifying, socialist message that will continue to inspire both south and north of the border. applause. we saw that in the election campaign, we saw that in our summer campaign. we are going to be out there doing a lot of campaigning. that's why our party now has around twice the membership of all other political parties put together. conference, we have left the status quo behind but we must make the change we seek credible and effective. i hope we've left our own
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tuitions behind but we must make our unity practical. we know we are campaign—ready. we must be government—ready too. our aspirations matched by our competence. during the election campaign, i met and listened to people in every part of the country andi people in every part of the country and i did the same over the summer. impressed with the determination of so many people to try to make their communities better, impressed with the hard work that people put in to try to deliver struggling public services. and i met struggling single parents, young people held back by the lack of opportunity, pensioners anxious about health and social care. public servants trying to keep services together. low and middle earners, self—employed and employed. facing insecurity and
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squeezed living standards. but hopeful, hopeful that things could change and that labour could make a difference. many haven't voted before, or not for many years passed, but they put their faith in our party. we offered an antidote to apathy and despair, to misery and depression. let everyone understand this — we've come this journey not to let you down because we listen to you, because we believe in you. labour can you, because we believe in you. labourcan and labour you, because we believe in you. labour can and labour will deliver a britain for the many, not the few! studio:. that was tend ofjeremy corbyn's speech, well over an hour, an hourand a corbyn's speech, well over an hour, an hour and a quarter, he wasn't
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even allowed to start for a good few minutes as they cheered him to the rafters, as they are doing now. here we have the usual standing ovation for him which i guess will go on for several minutes. he's alone there up on the stage. waving to the delegates. it had a bit of oomph to it and he kept it going as he covered a wide range of topics. everything was in there. in some ways it could have been a little bit shorter, there was a clear narrative all the way through that labour is on the threshold of power. the tories are on notice, he said. we didn't win, but we are becoming a government in waiting. here they are cheering him. there's scarves being held up "ohjeremy corbyn". he said labour is ready to tackle inequality. there was of course the classic passage of bashing the tories and the tory government saying they are not
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strong and definitely not stable. he said they had found a magic money tree he gave his analysis of britain today, a break he said was needed with the tory mantra of capitalism. he said it was a broken model. he said the tories put a brake on the damaging policies. they are chanting jeremy corbyn now and everybody will no doubt be cheering for quite some time. we can hear it behind us on set in brighton. he set out and repeated some of the policies that we re repeated some of the policies that were in his manifesto. then he had a go at the media, particularly the daily mail, saying the negative coverage of him, 1a pages or so, pushed support up. he said, make it 28 pages next time. he moved on to a serious passage about online abuse. he said that was partly the media's fault. he didn't quite perhaps say
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that some of the supporters of his labour party would be responsible too, but he said no—one felt abuse more than diane abbott. there was a big here for her and she stood up and soaked up, if you like, some of the love in the hall for her. she has, along with many others, suffered that online abuse. we are probably going to hear the anthem now of the labour party, the red flag being sung, as usual, at this point. he didn't tackle the issue of anti—semitism head—on though which people might have expected. he moved on to brexit, thanked his team and said that the tory government was all over the place and the eu citizens here would always be welcome. there wasn't that much detail on the economy or how the plans would be paid for, it was much more mood music being repeated but he said the capitalist system since the crash faced a crisis. there was a long pass only on grenfell tower which he said stood as a tragic testa m e nt to which he said stood as a tragic testament to a less caring society
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and he made a couple of announcements on housing before moving on to the international stage. journalist and author rachel shabbie is with me now. your thoughts? he looked much more confident and competent as a forceful speech. he was very much in command and in control of that room. the speech had a theme of showing that the labour party is ready for government. he did, as you say, spend some time pointing out that this government is not capable, it's not competent, they're at each other's throats, they're squabbling, they're callous and calculating and he urged them to either get it together or step aside. then the re st of together or step aside. then the rest of the speech was very much joining together the themes of attacking this leadership on its manifesto it's been leading towards — the for the many, not the few
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themes, the idea that the economy doesn't have to work like this, that there is a different way of doing things, that we can have a different way of managing the economy and society for the better. without setting out any detailed costings, of course. he will have referred to the manifesto where there were costs set out, but it did seem like there was something for everyone, there we re was something for everyone, there were baubles on every branch of every tree and people will say, is it credible, is it affordable, can people really pay for it? all he said in passing was, we arejust going to tax business a bit more and we know the institute of fiscal studies says it's just not going to do it? people always say is it credible and possible. we have been living in an economic paradigm that's said to us for 30 years, this is the only acceptable way and there is the only acceptable way and there is no other way. by the way, the rest of europe is looking at us saying why are you doing it that way, there are other ways to manage an economy and this's what labour is now trying to align itself with, there is a different way of managing
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there is a different way of managing the economy, that we rely on yes taxation at the top end but also investment, borrowing, national investment, borrowing, national investment bank, regional investment bank, restructuring of the economy ina bank, restructuring of the economy in a fundamental way it's very different which is why people keep asking if it's possible. we are not used to thinking that way but we do need to start thinking that way. all right. they are singing jerusalem in the hall now. everybody still on their feet. the slogan forjeremy corbyn of course, for the many, not the few. housing dhash followed on from the passage on grenfell tower and there were some policy announcements around that. tell us about those? housing's always been a keyissue about those? housing's always been a key issue forjeremy corbyn in several interviews he's said that's top of the list. he wants to see rent controls in our cities much like the ones that exist in other cities around the world. he also raised the issue of keeping accountability for local councils that are looking to restructure
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council housing, that the people who live in those homes will have more ofa live in those homes will have more of a say and stake in what happens to those homes. and that, of course, is if they want to, as you say, have a new redevelopment scheme, and he quoted back grenfell tower and some of the residents' groups that warned about catastrophe going to happen. in terms of his international world affairs, the passage that he did there, he listed obviously some things he feels strongly about, whether it was about donald trump or trying to get talks on the korean peninsula or the saudi war in yemen and a palestinian state, interestingly, there was no condemnation of the venezualan government of modura who has been criticised for violent clampdowns on p rotesto rs, criticised for violent clampdowns on protestors, why not? as you say, there's been a focus on lots of other things, i don't know why that wasn't raised but i do know what this policy's done is put a lot of water between the former sort of labour position and the new one. it's definitely changed its approach, it does not want to be
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tacked to the us. he mentioned several times that britain should have its own voice, an independent voice, on the international stage and that it will sometimes be very different from the us, especially a us under the leadership of donald trump. interesting at the very end of his speech that he referred to the centre ground, the centre ground of politics that every politician says they want to occupy and he says people don't always know exactly where that is, obviously trying to say that the move to the left could perhaps become the centre ground. he's going to find it difficult to persuade people of that, isn't he? i'm not sure he will, you know. for some time the centre ground hasn't been where centrists think it is. most of the population do define themselves as centrists but they also do support reinvestment in the welfare state, renalisation of public services, renalisation of energy and utility companies, higher
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taxation, you know, and cracking down on tax avoiders. those are left—wing policies but they have majority support. let's get a flavour of what delegates who're leaving the hall are thinking. ellie price is with some of them. 75 minutes, so a lot to digest there. what did you make of the speech? i was very inspired. there. what did you make of the speech? iwas very inspired. ifelt that the future was going to be extremely bright for everybody. i just... i mean i've come to brighton, i've seen so many homeless people. unbelievable. the announcement on housing? everything that he spoke about — housing, education, the health service, inspired me. i know the future is going to be bright under labour, particularly underjeremy corbyn. so you are a party member. do you think
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the message would resonate beyond the message would resonate beyond the party faithful beyond the 1200 people sitting in that hall? obviously that is jeremy corbyn's challenge. we are 60—odd seats short ofa challenge. we are 60—odd seats short of a majority of one. what is there in that speech that will take us over that line in the next election? next week the conservatives will be hammering us on where is the money coming from. the important word he said in his speech was about being competent. that's the mission for labour, to show that we are notjust a radical alternative or a campaigning force, which we are, but also a competent government that people can trust. if he can do that, he will be the next prime minister. was there anything in that speech that surprised you? i think there is a kind of, the point about the consensus being changed and the centre ground being changed is a very interesting piece of analysis. i haven't seen evidence for that yet. we didn't win the last election so maybe that's something that needs teasing out a bit more. but no, it was a good bit of vintage corbyn speak. the first time i saw him speak. the first time i saw him
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speak was 1988 so i've listened to him afew speak was 1988 so i've listened to him a few times before so this was a vintage performance. although you would think he's something rather new. you are a councillor in an area that hasn't had a labour mp for a while. anything you were enthused about. the local national and international message was powerful. the comments about competences came, we need to take those messages back. jeremy's speech summed up the whole week, it's hope over hate and fear. we have seen that in his speech over an hourlong. we have seen that in his speech over an hour long. over an hour long, the main feeling is hope and people are leaving with a spring in their step. thank you. joining me now is labour's election campaign coordinator and shadow communities secretary, andrew go wynn, welcome to the daily politics, only a few minutes left, the delegates are beginning to pour out of the conference. let's go through some of the policy announcements which we touched on a moment ago. rent controls — how will that work? touched on a moment ago. rent controls - how will that work? the
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detail is going to be put together byjohn heely, she going to produce a green party but —— green paper. but we are absolutely adamant to fix this crisis. how will rent controls fix that? they work in cities all over the world but it's not beyond the wit of man and woman in the united kingdom to come up with a system that will work for the benefit of people who live in, particularly expensive cities like london and manchester where they're being priced out of living in their own home communities. right, but of course you haven't been able to give me the evidence that it would help people bring down rents because the labour manifesto promised to limit them to inflation. we are going to put all of the details in a green paper. of course it's going to limit rents because the free market has allowed rents to soar, so of course if you bring in regulation, you can control rents so that we get a
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fairer distribution of that for the people who need it. is there an example of a city around the world which has rent controls that you say would be a good model to follow? which has rent controls that you say would be a good model to follow7m course we want a model that works for the cities in the uk but there are went controls in cities like new york and of course if it can work in new york, it can work in london. jeremy corbyn also attacked housing regeneration schemes which he said could lead to cleansing and cause gentrification. tenant balance — is that realistic or going to hold up the much—needed generation that he talks about? it has to be the right kind of regeneration. obviously if it's a generation that's community—led from the bottom up, the community will want to support that. who doesn't want to live in modern, better equipped housing? but if it is just pushing the current te na nts if it is just pushing the current tenants and lease holders out and bringing a new set of people in,
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that's not regeneration. but it could stall regeneration? we want to get regeneration right, we don't wa nt to get regeneration right, we don't want to leave people homeless, pushed out of their home communities, pushed to another part of the country because it's cheaper. we wa nt of the country because it's cheaper. we wantan of the country because it's cheaper. we want an economy and housing market that works for the many, not the few. labour said it would replace a failed, broken system, which he says led to the again fell fire and the party bringing out proposals next year. do you know what will be in those? no, we'll have the details of that. we are very clear that we want to make sure that all those families affected by g re nfell that all those families affected by grenfell get the housing they need and deserve back in the communities where they want to live and we call on the government to actually honour the pledges they made after that dreadful tragedy because they've let an awful lot of people down. people are pouring out behind us. we are right next to the labour stand here in brighton. just more broadly, jeremy corbyn repeatedly said that labour is on the threshold of power, it's a government in waiting, and
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that you are all ready for this. we are talked about the war gaming. but what about the economic model that you are proposing? you had costings in the manifesto, where is the detail going to come from going forward on all things put forward today in this speech? one of the first thingsjeremy today in this speech? one of the first things jeremy said after the general election is however short or long this parliament is, it's now incumbent on the shadow cabinet to go out, to put the flesh on the bones of the manifesto and to prepare for a planned—for government. that is precisely what we have seen at this conference. we are starting that process. butjo, we we re are starting that process. butjo, we were the only party at the last general election that had a costed ma nifesto. general election that had a costed manifesto. we are going to keep on doing that because we believe people deserve to have all the detail before them when they come to vote at the next general election. the spectrum of anti—semitism raised its head again. do you think labour has a problem with that?|j
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head again. do you think labour has a problem with that? i don't and i condemn it in whatever form and wherever it appears. you don't think the party has a problem with it? no. there are individuals that have views that i do not support and the labour party has a clear commitment to rooting out those people and to making sure that we are a fully inclusive party and that is the right approach. so you are on the campaign now going to the marginal constituencies? i'll be in rossendale and darwin on saturday for a national campaign day and i'm looking forward to taking some of the electricity that comes out of this conference. it's the liveliest, most optimistic labour conference i've been to in a very long time. let's spread some of thatjoy and hope around the country. i'll let you do that in a moment. that's all from me here in brighton at the labour conference of 2017. but, for viewers on the bbc news channel, there will be continuing coverage and analysis ofjeremy corbyn's speech throughout the day. we are looking here at delegates leaving brighton a a busy and yes, as you
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said, pretty full week. andrew gwynn, thank you very much. i'll be back at westminster tomorrow at midday with daily politics on bbc two, we'll say goodbye to the news channel for here in brighton and make sure you join us later for more. this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00 — a standing ovation forjeremy corbyn at the labour party conference. we did not do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. but we have become a government in waiting. iam in have become a government in waiting. i am in brighton where we will be analysing the speech from jeremy corbyn. is the labour party really ready for power? a man has died after a police incident near the m5 motorway. eyewitnesses say a number of shots were fired. the defence secretary warns boeing its behaviour in a trade dispute that's threatening thousands ofjobs in northern ireland
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