Jeremy Corbyn celebrates the values of solidarity, compassion and social justice

Tim Lezard
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing TUC Congress in Brighton, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing TUC Congress in Brighton, 2015

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation after speaking at TUC Congress in Brighton.

He was mobbed by supporters outside the venue as he arrived, then told delegates how proud he was to be a trade unionist.

He said: “This Congress is a shared celebration of our values as a labour and trade union movement. Values of solidarity, of compassion, of social justice, of fighting for the under-privileged, and for all working people at home and abroad. Those are the values that have shaped me and my political life.

“They are the values I took around the country to 99 public rallies in this extraordinary summer. And that a quarter of a million have stood up for and voted for”

 Commenting on the Trade Union Bill, he said: “For the Tories, you are still the enemy within. They think they will put me and Labour on the back foot by highlighting our support for trade unionism.

“I am a proud trade unionist. We will fight this bill all the way, and if it becomes law we will repeal it in 2020.”

 Jeremy Corbyn carHe moved on to talk about the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, saying: “Labour will oppose the Welfare Bill in full. We oppose the benefit cap. We oppose social cleansing.

“We will bring the welfare bill down by controlling rents and boosting wages, not by impoverishing families and socially cleansing our communities.”

 And on austerity he said: “They call us deficit deniers. But then they spend billions cutting taxes for the richest families or for the most profitable businesses.

“What they are is poverty deniers: Ignoring the growing queues at food banks. Ignoring the growing housing crisis. Cutting tax credits when child poverty rose by half a million under the last government to over 4 million.

“Let’s be clear austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity”

He finished by saying: “It is our job as Labour to set out a vision for a better society. We have a job to do, to understand the process that has been going through politics in Britain, to understand the levels of inequality that there are, to understand the levels of insecurity of people on zero hours contracts, students with massive debts.

“We want to see a better, more decent, more equal, fairer and more just society. These things are not dreams. These things are practical realities that we, together, intend to achieve.”

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Tim Lezard

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