There’s no rule saying the leader of one political party can’t visit the town hosting another’s conference – then-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was said to be outside the Welsh Labour Conference in Llandudno a few years ago – so Jeremy Corbyn was well within his rights to turn up and speak at the People’s Post event in Manchester.
As you can see, a few of his friends turned out to hear him speak at the city’s Cathedral – more than are attending the Conservative Party Conference, it seems.
It’s a CWU event so he started – outside the building – by blasting the Conservative Government over the sale of Royal Mail, saying it was time to stop public services being sacrificed on the altar of private profit: “Why do we so often in our society suppress the imagination, the intelligence and the ideas of so many people?” Labour is “committed to doing things a different way,” and will win the election by winning the hearts and minds of every person in UK.
“We’ve challenged the idea that the only show in town is austerity,” he said.
“And because we’ve challenged that – and had a huge mandate in challenging that – suddenly people are talking. People are excited.”
His main speech was inside. He started by attacking the Conservative Party’s plans for the UK – we’ve learned about a few of them today; the tax credit cut and the intention to make us work as hard as they do in China and the US (to reward the already-rich), the proposal to rob pensioners of their benefits. Corbyn said: “Tories are making Britain a more and more unequal society and pushing more and more people into poverty. That’s not an economic necessity – that’s a political choice.
“I know what choice we will make in our party. I want to live in a society where no one is living in desperate poverty.
“”We’re going to invest in the hope and futures of young people. We have a duty to protect the valuable public services we’ve got.”
David Cameron will address a much smaller audience of 2,000 people at the Tory Conference on Wednesday. By then, that will probably be all the people in the UK who are interested in anything he has to say.
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