Here are a few highlights we can expect from the Labour conference

This weekend, Labour Party members and supporters meet for their annual conference. What can we expect to hear announced at that event?

Here are just a few possibles that have been trailed in advance:

1. A Labour government may scrap the hated Universal Credit altogether.

“Labour is poised to back scrapping Universal Credit as part of a major shift over the Tories’ notorious six-in-one benefit. It comes after a year-long review by Labour found the UC brand is “toxic” and needs “transformative change”. Labour’s previous position was to “reform” UC… But multiple party sources said scrapping it, and replacing it with a fairer system, is now seen within Labour as the “direction of travel”.”

2. A Labour government’s ‘green revolution’ may plant a million trees to counteract the NHS’s carbon footprint.

“An “NHS forest” of a million trees would be planted at hospitals across the UK under a Labour government as part of the party’s plans for a green revolution. Under proposals due to be outlined at the party’s autumn conference, Labour will say it wants to plant the trees at hospitals to battle pollution and counteract the NHS’s carbon footprint.”

3. Labour may rid itself of one of its greatest detractors – by ending the ‘deputy leader’ post.

“Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will vote … on a motion that would remove the party’s barnacle-like deputy leader Tom Watson – by removing the deputy leader post altogether.”

Despite vowing to support whoever became leader when he was elected deputy in 2015, Mr Watson has spent the last four years determinedly undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Now, after one mass exodus of centrists (Labour right-wingers opposed to Mr Corbyn) to other parties like the Liberal Democrats, and with more set to depart at the next general election, Mr Watson may find himself isolated – and removing the ‘deputy leader’ position is a means of silencing him.

Indeed, Mr Watson’s removal could be the big event of the conference.

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2 thoughts on “Here are a few highlights we can expect from the Labour conference

  1. trev

    Sounds all good. They would end the Benefits freeze too if they could but I think it only has one more year to go before the freeze is over, but will still need to be increased by a Labour government as it is way too low to adequately live on (single persons JSA in particular), though a total overall of Social Security would hopefully address that (UBI ?). I would hope they would reduce State Pension age too but I don’t know if that’s possible now. And if Councils were properly funded then maybe Council Tax could be reduced, or full exemption restored. Millions of us are struggling to live under this brutal Tory regime with the cuts and reforms that have been inflicted upon us. Even the foodbank is struggling with empty shelves. The levels of poverty in the UK today are unacceptable, something must be done urgently.

  2. stevedavidh

    All the NEC rule changes went through despite the JLM and the CLPD unsuccessfully conspiring to oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to fast-track complaints in the “most serious” of disciplinary cases such as those involving antisemitism All the rule changes proposed by the NEC were backed by Momentum.

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