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View from the House: Why our party conference was so much better than the Tories’

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 October 2018

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It’s that time of year again – the party conference season, and another great party conference for Labour in Liverpool.

It’s that time of year again – the party conference season, and another great party conference for Labour in Liverpool.

A united Labour conference focused on policies like free childcare, security at work and the low carbon industrial revolution was in stark contrast with the Conservatives’ parade of disunity, disloyalty and dismal ideas.

On Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn extended a statesmanlike offer to Theresa May to back an agreement with Europe based around a new customs union to solve the problem of the Irish border and protect jobs, rights and environmental standards.

This would honour the result of the referendum and avoid the disaster of a “no deal”. But he equally clearly set out the case that if she could not secure a parliamentary majority or get an agreement with the EU around the promises she made, then we would call for a general election and, failing that, a people’s vote.

The contrast between Jeremy’s clarity and focus on the country’s needs, and the squalid squabbling of a succession of secretaries of state in Birmingham, each claiming they are the rightful heir to 10 Downing Street, has shown people the real depth to which this apology for a government has sunk.

Jeremy announced Labour would kick-start a green jobs revolution to put us on track to meet our climate change obligations. We will invest in renewables, jobs and training to reduce our net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and create 400,000 skilled jobs. He also announced Labour will introduce 30 hours’ free childcare for children aged two to four years old.

These are policies many in this country long to see enacted.

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