Rolling coverage of the final day of the Labour conference in Liverpool, including Jeremy Corbyns keynote speech
Jeremy Corbyn makes closing speech at Labours party conference Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images Andrew Sparrow
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It was good to hear Jeremy Corbyn reiterate his support for the policy passed by conference this week. He said he would listen to the members and he has by saying that Labour will reject any Brexit that does not match its six tests and that, if it cannot secure a general election then the option of a Peoples Vote remains on the table.
Jeremy Corbyn has thrown down the gauntlet to the Tories by challenging them to meet Keir Starmers six tests, but its clear that this government cant do that. The extreme Brexiteers in the Tory party certainly cant
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No form of Brexit can deliver the six tests or what Labour wants – the current deadlock in parliament and in negotiations with the EU show that. Only our current deal with the EU can meet those tests. Thats why the only way out of this mess is to call a peoples vote with the option to stay. Then the public can compare our current bespoke deal with whatever this government cobbles together.
However, unity has been the theme of this years Labour conference. At the fringe hosted by Progress — the group where Labours more centrist, non-Corbynista MPs hang out — MPs took to the stage and urged their colleagues not to leave. At a separate event by the Jewish Labour Movement, some of the biggest critics of Corbyns handling of the crisis also told their fellow delegates to stay in the party. “There is no way I am being driven out by racists in the Labour Party. I am staying put to drive out the racists out from the Labour Party,” MP Wes Streeting said.
Here is the Evening Standards take on the speech. It is, of course, edited by the anti-Brexit former Conservative chancellor, George Osborne.
Sir Keir Starmer, the partys Brexit spokesperson, announced the news on Tuesday, claiming that the deal May is trying to negotiate is unacceptable because it will not pass Labours “six tests.” In truth, the deal was never going to pass these six tests, given that they require the prime minister to secure a deal that maintains “the exact same benefits” of staying in the EU single market and customs union. This is obviously impossible to achieve once Britain has left them.
Our second edition @EveningStandard: Corbyn offers May a Brexit deal – stay in customs union, keep open Irish border and social protection. Business and unions would accept this; many in Tory party wont. Puts ball in PMs court pic.twitter.com/UUjoXn4WZb
Labour have proven they have nothing to offer Scotland but economic chaos and incompetence – failing to provide any meaningful alternative to the Tories.
Jeremy Corbyn may have been forced into saying he would not accept a no-deal Brexit – but he remains committed, like the Tories, to taking Scotland out of the EU against our will.
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The Conservative party response to Jeremy Corbyns speech is a bit OTT. This is from Brandon Lewis, the Conservative chairman.
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All he offers are failed ideas that didnt work in the past and would leave working families paying the price with higher taxes, more debt and more waste – just like last time.
He confirmed Labour are opening the door to re-running the referendum, which would take us all back to square one.
And he didnt even apologise to Jewish people for his total failure to tackle the anti-Jewish racism that is rife in the Labour Party.
Much of Labours vision for a more sustainable and fair country is absolutely right. Business not only supports it but holds many of the keys to making it a reality.
From onshore power to affordable childcare, the Labour leaders speech echoes calls from firms for more action on climate change and to unlock productivity.
But this will only happen if Labour invites business into the tent. Continual public barbs and backward-facing policy are deterring entrepreneurs and investors, at a time when we need them most.
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Lads just a quick heads up that youve got the whole shadow cabinet and half of Britains journalists about to get on your network in an hour and theyre all hungover and grumpy and wanting to nationalise things.
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The olive branch @jeremycorbyn has extended to @theresa_may could save or destroy her. Just to be clear, his offer is what some in her cabinet, and many on her benches, in Whitehall, in Brussels and in EU capitals have been mooting as a Brexit compromise that would solve both… pic.twitter.com/PrENJaQZLp
This is what journalists and political commentators are saying about Jeremy Corbyns speech. Overall, they are pretty positive.
So that was Jeremy Corbyns best speech to date. Intellectually v coherent, speaking directly to Britains desire for change. Full of conciliatory language to party and beyond. Scant on details + business reality. A real challenge and wake up call to the Tories next week #Lab18
So felt like that speech was about reminding Labour people who despair of his Brexit position of everything they still like about Corbynism, make them feel its still worth it. & suspect it willve worked.
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Because of Spectator deadlines, have only read—rather than seen—Jeremy Corbyns speech. But the thing that struck me about it was how he is trying to make very radical things sound reasonable, and with some success
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That speech, bang on an hour and the best Ive seen Corbyn deliver, should give the Tories the kick they have badly needed. They need to pull the finger out and explain what they are for and find new policies or theyre sunk. Cant just rely on Labour being rubbish any more.
Corbyns speech to Labour conference was littered throughout with new policies, all announced in the last couple of days. Comes across quite clear the party has been putting in some significant work on its 2017 election manifesto.
In my very humble opinion, Corbyns speech had a lot of filler, not a lot of killer. A few reheated policies, most of it bringing together other front bench speeches from this week. Good for the hall, not a lot for beyond. #Lab2018
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Dont agree with it but Corbyn has a comprehensive and maybe compelling vision for post-crash future of Britain. May doesnt and that leaves Tories very vulnerable. Much more than that, it leaves future of our free enterprise system vulnerable. Tick, tock, tick tock for Tory MPs
Striking change in tone (if not substance) on Brexit from Corbyn, making customs union his price for support on final deal. He is distancing Lab from ultra remainers, seen as “wreckers” in much of Labs heartlands. Clever signalling. Exactly what the Tories did not want
Jeremy Corbyn just pledged to back a brexit very similar to the landing zone many expect the brexit talks to end upHigh standards for goods, a customs union (for now, perhaps in all but name) no hard border…… is where some people think Theresa Mays deal could land. So… pic.twitter.com/YF1sFbCq57
Jeremy Corbyns #Brexit announcement will be read with interest in EU. Angela Merkel understood to believe #Chequers proposal on common rule book for goods could work if UK joined a customs union @BBCNewsnight
Jeremy Corbyns speech – Snap verdict: This is Jeremy Corbyns first normal conference as party leader and that had all the strengths and weaknesses of a normal party leaders speech. It went down a storm with activists in the hall, but its long-term impact on the wider national audience will be much more minimal. Corbyn did not use it to announce anything not already briefed to the media, but the policy offer weve had this week is important and of lasting significance.
The two best bits were probably the passages on Brexit, and on the economy. On Brexit he put the case against Theresa May, and the Tory handling of this, particularly effectively, and the argument about how it could be used as a free market shock doctrine for Britain deserves a wider audience. (See 1.25pm.) There were lines here that were well crafted, and worth re-reading. And his passage on the economy was also genuinely thought-provoking. (See 1.04pm and 1.06pm.) The Tories are already no doubt preparing a response saying he would clobber business, but what he is saying will resonate with people who have not seen their standard of living rise for years.
Corbyn is often accused of not being interested in domestic policy, but he countered that by devoting the first half of the speech to public services, with detailed accounts of whats wrong and what he would do about it. It was a tad miserabilist – you would not want to live in the country described by Corbyn – but that does not mean he was wrong, and it did show that Labour has policies to put to the public if he really does get his early election. In that respect, job done.
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