Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn went all in during his speech at the party conference today, pointedly insinuating that David Cameron and the Conservative government are the real security threat to the UK.
In his hour-long speech in Brighton earlier this afternoon, Corbyn promised a ‘kinder politics’ in Britain, but also made it very clear that he wasn’t about to stand idly by and not call out the Tories on their policies he deems wrong.
The Tories talk about economic and family security being at risk from us, the Labour Party and, perhaps even more particularly, from me. I say this to them – how dare these people talk about security for families in Britain.
Where’s the security for people shuttled from one private sector flat to another on 6-month tenancies with children endlessly having to change schools? Where’s the security for carers struggling to support older family members as Tory inspired local government cuts destroy social care and take away the help they’re needed? Where’s the security for young people starting out in careers knowing they are locked out from ever buying their own home by soaring house prices?
His words appeared to be a direct response to David Cameron’s now infamous tweet following Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership elections, in which he bafflingly described the party under Corbyn’s leadership as a ‘threat to our national security’.
The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family's security.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 13, 2015
Corbyn was given a longstanding ovation as he took to the stage and, in a rousing speech, he took aim at the Conservative Party and those sections of the UK media which have attacked him, while outlining his policies after his landslide Labour leadership win which he called ‘nothing short of a political earthquake’.
Supporters queued for more than three hours in order to secure their place in the hall for the new Labour leader’s historic speech, and Corbyn didn’t disappoint.
He slammed the ‘absurd lie’ that the Conservative Party help working people, as well as their alleged callous attitude towards the refugee crisis.
Corbyn also raised the horrific case of Saudi protester, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, sentenced to execution and crucifixion, saying more needs to be done by the UK government in regards to human rights cases of this nature.
He then turned this on the Tories themselves, adding: “That is how our human rights were won, by ordinary people coming together. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The Tories want to repeal the Human Rights Act. Some want to leave the European Convention on Human Rights,” before claiming the Trade Union Bill is an attack on human rights.
Elsewhere in the speech, Corbyn pledged increased mental health funding, a huge social housing programme, protection to the NHS (“I’m proud of our history”), not sending troops to Syria and, despite opposition from many in his party, he said he will continue to oppose and attempt to scrap the Trident nuclear programme.
He also asked his own supporters not to sink to the level of bullying and to ‘treat people with respect’, adding: “Cut out the abuse, cut out the cyber-bullying, particularly the misogynistic abuse online.”
As he closed with a powerful statement against austerity, Corbyn received another standing ovation in the hall.
Our Labour party says NO! The British people don’t have to take what they’re given! And certainly don’t have to take those kind of messages from Cameron and Osborne.
So I say to you, don’t accept injustice. Stand up against prejudice. Let us build a kinder politics, a more caring society together. Let’s put our values, the people’s values, back into politics. Conference, thank you!
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