Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn formally launched his version of the party through a policy speech at the annual party conference at Brighton….reports Asian Lite News
The newly elected Labour leader in his first conference speech outlined his strategy to create a “better society” through a “kinder, more inclusive politics.”
Mr Corbyn, who said he would be “unapologetic” about opposing austerity, attempted to ditch the “Old” and “New Labour” tags by re-casting the party as as the “Modern Left Movement”.
The Labour leader said the economy of the future depends on the investment the country make today in infrastructure, skills, and schools.
He lauded the role of Lucy Powell in check mating the Tory educational policies.
“I’m delighted that Lucy Powell is our new shadow education secretary,” he said. “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.”
Corbyn challenged the Tory stance on refugees and said the country should do more to welcome the refuges.
“My first public engagement as Labour leader came within an hour of being elected,” Corbyn said. “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.
Corbyn challenged the Conservative allegation of threat to 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,” Corbyn said. “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.
“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,” Corbyn told the conference.
The speech was well-received but light on policies. The only new announcement was that he would extend paternity leave and sick pay to the self-employed if he swept to power, but he also underlined previously announced plans for 100,000 new council and housing association homes a year.