'Labour Ready for Government and Essential Social Change'

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'Labour Ready for Government and Essential Social Change'


Byline: David Williamson Political editor david.williamson@walesonline.co.uk

JEREMY Corbyn will declare that Labour is now a "Government in waiting" when he takes the stage of the Brighton conference.

The Labour leader will use his time in the limelight to try to convince the country that his party is "ready" to take the reins of power.

He will renew his commitment to "do politics differently" and pledge to put "power in the hands of the people".

Under Labour, he will say, rapid technological change can be managed so a "new settlement between work and leisure" will be possible.

Mr Corbyn will celebrate the party's much stronger than predicted performance in the June election, stating it has seen "the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945" and the "best vote for a generation".

He will say: "It's a result which has put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power."

Pointing to the Grenfell Tower disaster as to why Labour must "replace" the present political system, he will say: "The disregard for rampant inequality, the hollowing out of our public services, the disdain for the powerless and the poor have made our society more brutal and less caring.

"Now that graded regime has a tragic monument - the chilling wreckage of Grenfell Tower, a horrifying fire in which dozens perished, an entirely avoidable human disaster...

"Grenfell is not just the result of bad political decisions. It stands for a failed and broken system, which Labour must and will replace."

Mr Corbyn has resisted internal calls to commit to backing Britain staying in the single market but he will accuse the Conservatives of "bungling" Brexit.

He will say: "The Tories are more interested in posturing for personal advantage than in getting the best deal for Britain. Never has the national interest been so ill-served on such a vital issue. If there were no other reason for the Tories to go, their selfinterested Brexit bungling would be reason enough.

"So I have a simple message to the cabinet: for Britain's sake pull yourself together or make way."

On the June election, he will admit the party "didn't do quite well enough", but he will say: "[We] remain in opposition for now. But we have become a government-in-waiting.

"And our message to the country could not be clearer: Labour is ready.

"Ready to tackle inequality. Ready to rebuild our NHS. Ready to give opportunity to young people, dignity and security to older people. Ready to invest in our economy and meet the challenges of climate change and automation. …

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