Labour Party Annual Conference 2019: Monday Morning

Labour Party Annual Conference 2019: Monday Morning


rd September 2019.>>: Delegates, please welcome
rachial Garman and the Platform Party. rich Rachel Garman and the
Platform Party.>>: Good morning, Conference.
Hope you have all had a very good evening and are ready for
another day of discussion and democracy. First time Chair, so, please be
nice to me. (Applause)
I’m sure you will be. So, first to run through what we
are doing today. We are going to begin by hearing Richard
Leonard deliver the Scotland Report. Followed by debates on
work, pension and equalities and the economy,
business and trade discussion, and of course, a contribution from our Shadow
Chancellor, John McDonald and at the end of
the morning starting the international debate which will
continue into the afternoon. The next point for your
information, the Labour Party is delighted to partnering with Mental health First Aid Day. We are giving practical
expression to our strong belief in parity of
esteem between mental health and physical health needs. Before we get to the main
agenda, I have an update on ballots, starting with
yesterday’s card votes. Is everybody ready? Card vote 29, [INAUDIBLE] card vote 30 was
invalid as the vote had been taken during the day. Card vote 31, carried. Card vote … carried. (Problem are sound) card vote
42, not carried. Card vote 43, not carried. And
card vote 44, not carried. The full details are in today’s
CAC report. The results of yesterday’s
ballots will be announced in a moment by
the Chief Statute near. But two issues, first due to an administrative error an item was included on the ballot that
should not have been. That is invalid. And an item that
should have been on the ballot was missed. This item is scheduled to be on
before the close of conference. That is in detail on the CAC
report. I call on the Chief Scrutineer
to deliver her report on the rest
of the Blatter. ballot ballot.>>: I’m your Chief Scrutineer. (Problem with sound) … 96. 2, 1 1% for … young Labour structure and
method of organisation, 95. 88% for, 4.12% against. This is
carried. Job shares, 3% against. Resolution 5, 93. 44, for, and 6.56% against. This resolution is carried. 6, equality structures, 98.16%
for, 1.84 against. Carried. Proceedural rules for elections
for national officers of the party, this vote is void. 8, disciplinary actions by
CLPs77. 46, for, 22.56 against. This is
carried. 9, role and responsibilities of an acting
leader. 58. 84% for, 48.16 against. This
is carried. Full results of the plat are
available in ballot are available in
report 3.>>: I would like to invite the Conference Arrangements
Committee Chair, to introduce the CAC report, Harry Donaldson.>>: Conference, formerly
presenting CAC3. We have a packed agenda,
including speeches from the Charleston, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer.
Composite meetings continued. Today we have timetabled for
debate, motions 6-14 on subjects,
industrial strategy, insourcing, working hours, employment right,
Royal Mail, Yemen, ethical foreign policy and Brexit. Also timetabled for debate are
two emergency motions on justice for rape, rape survivors and human rights
for [INAUDIBLE] as well as a second composite motion for women on
Universal Credit and the ballot support. in the ballot area we have the
ballot for the Conference arrangements
committee disabled members representative. Taking place
from 9-4pm. For CLP and delegates. Candidate statements
were printed in the delegate’s report and
reproduced on pages 38 to had 3, CAC3. Printed on pages 27-30 are the
results of the ballot to improve the NEC
democracy review. A further ballot is timetabled
by the CAC for the final part of the
document omitted yesterday. This is reported in CAC4. Today, conference are to debate
the economy, business and trade
section of the NPF report, the working
pensions and the quality section of the NPF
report. There is a reference back from question received by the CLPs
and for the first time detailed in full for the reasons with the reference back
on pages 46-49. (Applause) Conference votes are yet to be
taken on reference after yesterday afternoon, so
delegates will find full details on pages 43-46. It is hoped to give delegates
clarity on the reasons that the C LP
referenced back a section of the NPF report. The report was
sent to all delegates this morning. We continue to review
the reference back process, during and after annual
conference, 2019. The results of the card votes taken yesterday are detailed on pages
31-38. Card vote 29 is missing from
CAC3. Will be published tomorrow. Conference, composite 23 on
housing is produced as an addendum to
CAC3, circulated today. It is timetabled for debate tomorrow and reproduced on CAC4. Composite meetings are chaired
by the composite arrangement committee members, I would like
it place on record my thanks to them and the Party Policy Team
and the regional staff who worked through the night and on
Saturday and Sunday to support the composite of the 20 subject
areas prioritised on Saturday and the delegates that attended
all of the composite meetings. (Applause) I hope delegates will excues the
fact there is a missing T from
composite on the first word of Brexit, trying to be precise!
Conference was approached regarding the votes in
Conference Hall, so to clarify the position. The votes in the
hall are a matter for the Chair of the conference sessions. It
is in order to take the hand votes by the two sections of
Conference as this is a convenient way for the
Chair to see the balance of votes and the equal sections of conference,
CLPs and affiliated organisations. Chairs are
mindful to is best to avoid to take the votes in
parts, it is not always necessary as there is normally a
great deal of consensus. So Chairs will no doubt try to
avoid the need to take the votes in this way where ever possible.
It is important to remember we are a united movement,
representing all of Britain’s working people.
(Applause) Conference, this concludes the
CAC report. (Applause)
>>: Thank you, Harry. I have seen a few hands already
for questions and points on the conference arrangements
committee report. Can I remind delegates that they
must be brief. We have up to a minute, with you
it should only be up to, there are clearly a lot of people who
want to get in. Two people in the back row in the far section. One is waving and one further
along in the same row …>>: Tom better anger. I would like to move a reference
back on pages 50 to 54 for two
reasons. The first is the ordering of
composite motion 16 and 17. As everyone in the meeting
including Perry Donaldson Chairing it
knows, there were more CLPs and
affiliates who supported the motion that was
eventually proposed by FBU. Norms and conventions dictate
that the motion should be discussed first
and the splinter motion discussed afterwards.
(Applause) Secondly, there is a decision
made by the compositing group for the
FBU group to change the title of our
motion to Labour’s Sorelyist Green New Deal. That was the
title agreed on. It was done while Harry
Donaldson was in the room. We would like to change the
title to Labour’s Socialist New Green
Deal. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Nottingham South, to come in
further on what the comrade said. When Conference votes it
should vote on the radical policy first if there is a split
composite. Composite 17 is the most radical policy. It has the 2030 date that Jeremy
Corbyn says he wants to commit to. It has protections for workers
and job creation, and we must vote on this first. As was said, the majority of
CLPs and affiliates yesterday were
backing composite 17. Thank you.
(Applause)>>: I want to speak on the same
issue, the composite on the Green New
Deal. 17 should come before 16. The reason is that there were
hundreds of us in the room for two nights
that managed to get number 17, which
is the last consented, the most radical one, and more reflects the views
across the nation of people who believe in the Green New Deal. Than the splinter one which was
16. So, please can number 17,
Labour’s socialist Green New Deal come
first and 16 second, in the interest of democracy. Thank
you. (Applause)>>: Leicester South,
constituency Labour Partiment I wanted to raise for clarification ariseing from the
report on the Green New Deal
compositeing because actually in the
compositing yesterday, because of the concessions that had been made to get an
agreed deal which motion 17 did not row back on, Leicester
South, supported by a couple of other constituencies
asked for our motion that we had submitted to be on the order
paper. I am not clear, if it is not
listed in the composites as it is not one and has been published or if the
proposal is not to take it. If the proposal is not to take the
Leicester South motion, which is strengthening what is proposed,
then I would want to move reference
back but I say that we support motion 17, there is a lot of
good stuff in it.>>: So, the order that they are
printed in the Conference Arrangements Committee is not
necessarily the order that they are debated in. This is for
tomorrow, we can come back to that. I ask people to not make
the same points that some people have made. We have a huge
amount of important policy to discuss today. There is only
limited time so. , go . Go ahead.>>: I would like to thank the
composite arrangements committee for putting back on the board
motions. I am deaf, although the NHS is wonderful, it is not
the same as having your own ears or having hearing
aids. I missed most of what Harry said this morning. I
would appreciate if there are points of information, like what
is happening next. If it could be put on the screens.
Hopefully.Thank you.>>: I will take a few more
people to come up. That person there. One in the yellow jacket and the
person in the glasses at the end of the row. Please do bear in mind we have a
big day of policy.>>: Tottenham CLP. I would like to reference the
second paragraph on 124 on ethical
policy and foreign and human rights. The idea that we are not taking
Modis serious, the danger of the rights of Kashmiris is egregious, we
should be organising to establish an international commission tole investigate the
issue of forces for Kashmiris who want to
live in freedom and within justice. Modi spending time
yesterday with Trump, please reference back this second
paragraph on page 24, thank you.>>: The conference arrangements
committee is about what is going on at Conference, the content,
we don’t have to discuss the policies in it at this point.
Next delegate.>>: Thank you. I am Chair of United Unions
representative Committee. Representing over 10000,000.
There was a situation at the lifts this morning. Can I ask Harry, that the
conference arrangements committee looks to prioritise the lifts of people
who have accessibility issues. And could I appeal to
delegates, please, I know that people have hidden disabilities
but if you are able to use the stairs, please use them and
leave the lifts for people who have
accessibility needs. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Good morning, Conference,
can you hear me. I would like to make an appeal. We in the
room are focused on serious matters, policy and our
manifesto going forward to the next election. Meanwhile in Brighton, in my
ward on Saturday night there was a
devastating fire that broke out in a block
of flats up the road from me. Ten fire crews attended the
fire, I wanted to thank them for their efforts.
(Applause) There was no loss of life. This
is not a council block. It is a private block of flats
in one of the more deprived areas of Brighton. I am asking
a favour. Could we please have permission
for conference arrangements committee to rattle boxes at the end of
conference to collect money for the 50 people now displaced and at the mercy of
lack of provision in Brighton but being cared for by the
community centre at the moment. Thank you very much.
(Applause)>>: A final round of points if
there are any. A reminder that CAC is in
session throughout the day to raise points with them directly. Is that someone waving at the
back? Yes, the woman with the, the
delegate with the black hair and the black shirt. Yes ?? And with the with the red T-shirt and at the
back of this section here. >>: Liz Hind, a delegate from
Aylesbury CLP in standing orders for party
conference that there are items of business that should be done in
corns of responsibilities laid out in chapter 1 clause 8 of the
rule book. That section of the rule book
commits the NEC to maintaining a balanced partnership between
all-party stakeholders, well, the party stakeholders and
delegates were here in the hall today, we should be allowed to have our debate on composite
motions before listening to an NEC statement . This is the only
chance party stakeholders have to get together and to discuss
what our position is and that position should be established
and heard before we get to the NEC
statement as it is laid out in the standing orders of the CAC
Report 1.>>: Next delegate, please.
>>: Thank you. I would like to second the delegate who spoke to
make reference back on the scheduling of the NEC statement
before lunch that should take place at
the same time as the rest of the debate on Brexit. We have sat up all evening
compositing and an NEC statement was put
together in an undemocratic way with no chance for members to
debate or amend it. The NEC should not be allowed to
parachute proposals ahead of the members. We are the people who
run the party and knock on the doors and will be heard. If the NEC should compose a
statement, that is fine but as the rest of us, with no attempt
to stitch-up the agenda! (Applause)>>: If I say what she says will
I get the same clap? I want to say exactly the same thing!
(Applause) Hard working delegates last
night supporting different motions put
forward two composites, 13 and 14, they
deserve to be heard this afternoon, if the NEC have
something to say, they should say it then.
(Applause)>>: I will now ask Harry
Donaldson to reply to the points that have been raised.>>: Conference, CLP, this is on
accessibility, I am not deaf but I am hard of hearing. This is
the good ear, this is the bad ear. If you are having a
conversation please do it in the indoor voice, not their outdoor
voice. We are having a large number of people going to the
back of the hall in groups and talking as if they would
normally. I am sitting in the third row
from the back, all I can hear is their
voice. I am here to hear your voice.
Please respect, Conference, and take your conversations outside
of the hall. Thank you very much for listening.
(Applause)>>: Harry now.>>: Conference, getting back in
terms of disabilities, I think the issue that was raised by the
last delegate is clear. Asking for people to be more aware of
these matters and clearly we ask colleagues and delegates to
support that. In terms of the lifts we have heard that. It is
a challenging venue but again, if the colleagues, and the
delegates themselves can be more aware of that situation, and we
will certainly review and look at it going forward. We do have a disabled member who
is coming tonne CAC this week as a newly elected, that will add a
significant amount of experience and understanding that we may
have been lacking at times. That should be helpful for
everyone, we will try to do the best that we can. With regards to the NEC
statement, the, it will be tabled, the
votes taken all together. In terms of the disability
issues they have been raised. The issue from Leicester South,
if I ask the colleague to come to the CAC office. The issue,
possibly because of the situation in the break up of
that group last evening, it would be the issue there, there
was an oversight in terms of creating and giving the
information. It will be rectified and the
paperwork done, it will be a stand alone motion that is to be
resolved. With regards to the issues in terms of the
scheduling and the renaming of the documentation, that is
timetabled for tomorrow. That is to be resolved. And I think that covers most of
the issues that were raised. So the issues in terms of Labour
socialist new green deal that will be rectified in terms of
the title. Thank you. (Applause)
>>: Thank you, Harry. We move to a vote on the CAC
Report. Can I see all of those in favour
of accepting the report. Thank you. And those against.
That report is accepted. We move on. The first speaker of the day is
our good friend, Richard Leonard,
leader of the scholarship. Scottish Labour Party.
(Applause) rich
>>: Rachel, comrades and friends, good morning. I bring you greetings from the
Scottish Labour Party. This conference is one of the most important in our entire history
a history, with a General Election
imminent, this conference, it is important. We will win the
forthcoming election if we are rooted in our enduring
values of democracy and of socialism.
(Applause) If we articulate a positive
vision of change for the future, and if we
all get 100% behind Jeremy Corbyn’s
leadership. (Applause) And let me also say from the
outset, that my aim as the leader of the
Scottish Labour Party is not simply to lead a better
management team than the SNP, it is to lead a Scottish
Labour Government worthy of the name! Plays
(Applause) And it is to go forward, winning
Scotland back to Labour. Because, make no mistake, that
is the only way to deliver a Labour Government. That is the only way, by
electing Scottish Labour MPs because for the avoidance of
doubt, there is no short cut to a Jeremy Corbyn
Government through the SNP! (Applause) So, we must work together in a
spirit of co-operation, of shared endeavour, to build a better society, in a
peaceful world on the strong foundation of a democracy economy, a green
economy and a participating form of politics. That is the vision
of the future, that we are offering the people of this
country it is a vision of hope, it is a vision of real change
and it is a vision of the future which is worth
fighting for and that means it is not
enough to simply tell people what we are
against, we need to tell misdemeanour what we are for!
(Applause) people what we are for! And we stick to the message, the
message of investment overcuts, the message of the green
industrial revolution to transform our economy, the message that only Labour, only
Labour can stop a no deal Brexit and can deliver a public vote!
(Applause) And we are a Labour Party again,
with the message that we support the
public ownership of public services.
(Applause) Because the shoulder shareholder dividend and the
positive motion should never have a place in the NHS and it
should have no place in the delivery of our bus services,
it should have no place in the delivery of our post, it should have no place in
our Prison Service, and it should have no place in our
asylum system. (Applause) And it should have no place in
our railways, either which is why I
am today announcing that the Scottish Labour Party will force a vote in the
Scottish Parliament as early as next week
to end the Abellio franchise of
ScotRail. (Applause) So that once again, we can put
passengers before profits. And it is not just in transport that
we need fundamental change, it is in the economy, it is in housing,
and it is in land. Let me give you an example,
there is a housing emergency in Scotland and the price of land lies at the centre
of it. So when we launch our Housing Commission report in the
next few weeks, it will make radical recommendations that tackle the excess profits
of property developers. It will include a proposal to introduce
a new law giving local council, Housing Associations and housing
co-operative, the right to acquire land at an existing use
value. Good housing policy has always been at the core of
Labour Party values. It is where we came from and
under the Scottish Labour Government that I lead, housing will become a
national priority again. (Applause) From its very beginning, this
party of ours has never stood for the
status quo, economically, politically or constitutionally,
we delivered the Scottish Parliament, we delivered the Welsh Assembly but the UK
remains too centralised, which is why the time has come for radical reform again
and that’s not just the view from Glasgow
or Inverness, it is the view from Manchester and Leeds, and
it’s the view from Cardiff too, and if Brexit is showing us
anything, it is that the British constitution is
creaking. It is out of date and it is time
for democratic renewal. (Applause) So I am proud that our party
will go into Government with a new
determination to shift power closer to the people. We will extend democracy not
just at the ballot box but in every workplace and in every
community. So, let me be crystal clear,
this democratic e renewal, the redistribution of power that we
seek, it is not simply about Parliaments and the members
elected to them, it is about strong local government, it is
about redressing the imbalances of power in society, the
imbalance of power between tenant and landlord, between worker and
owner but citizen and state and between women and men.
(Applause) So the next Labour Government
will deliver a new Scotland act that will provide for the
devolution of employment law with a UK-wide floor. This time last week I joined
ASDA workers, GMB members in Glasgow
in a national protest. (Applause) Because I tell you this, if the
Labour Party cannot support working people fighting against
a basic injustice, then what else are we for?
(Applause) These workers, most of them
women, all of them with years of service,
they are facing the sack, facing the sack if they don’t sign a new contract that
cuts their terms and conditions. So if we do nothing else, we
should change the law to once and for all end this kind of bullying of workers
by an employer! (Applause) And it is not just more powers
coming to Scotland that we need, it is a fundamental rebuilding
of the broken British state that is required. So, that is why we are
proposeing, at last, the abolition of the House
of Lords. (Applause) I believe that it is replacement
with an elected Senate of the Nations and Regions built on a federal
settlement, would begin the process of
reshaping our whole political system. These changes will have
to be worked for. These changes will have to be worked for and the people won over but
we must be confident, confident in the democracy tradition which
we inherit. Confident in the socialist ideal that drives us.
Confident in these practical ideas for radical reform, we are on the
brink of something extraordinary, the greatest
opportunity for more than a generation to elect a truly radical
transformative Labour Government and with that opportunity we send out the
clear and simple message, from this conference today, that a
socialist Britain will do far more to improve the lives of the
people than a separate Scotland ever could.
(Applause) So, let’s hold our nerve, let’s
keep our faith, let’s put in the hours,
the hard work that is needed, because a Labour Government is within our grasp,
let’s go out and win it! Thank you.
(Applause)>>: Thank you, Richard, you have
all of our full support in increaseing
Labour representation in Scotland and at Westminster.
Conference, we move to the work, pensions and equalities debate.
As yesterday, we begin by taking references back. We have been notified of six references back of the work
pensions and equalities policy commission report. These are all from Brighton
Pavilion. If anyone wishes to move a
reference back from the floor, you will
need to clearly specify which page number and section you are referencing
back. and a reminder from yesterday, the affect of the
reference back is to refer back the section you have identified
to the relevant policy commission for further
consideration. Can I ask now if anyone … and you can only do this now, if
you have additional references back. So, do we have anyone who wishes
to move additional references back? One over here. And one at the end of that same
row. Can I remind you we will be
taking all of the votes at the end of the session so people should take note now
of what people are saying to move their reference back. If you need help from people
around you to do that, I am sure people will be happy to help.
Is the delegate from Brighton Pavilion ready? To be clear about which section
you are referring back, please. One minute.>>: I’m Mandy Clare, a
councillor from CLP in Cheshire. I would like to reference back
from page 172, entitled creating a
more equal society, paragraph 3 under the heading. The wording
says Labour developed plans to ensure that every policy is
audited and checked by an equalities department in
government. That will help to ensure
equality, if put centre stage in the in connection Labour
Government. I would like to add in the words, including structural and
systemic social class in equality. There have been lots of policies
which we have debated at conference conference that
no-one in their right mind, socialist, would disagree with. We have had time given over to
debating policies where 20 or more people have said the same
thing. They are important issues and passionate debates,
it is important to have people have the chance to speak. But
we have to agree on and change policy. Thank you.>>: It is not within the rule
book to move amendments to the policy
forum reports. It is a reference back to ask for the
paragraph to be discussed again. You cannot add in words at this
stage. Anyone else ready to move their reference back?
Brighton Pavilion?>>: We have several sections to
reference back in the work, pensions and equality. Referring to page 172, 170 and
158. I will not waste your time. We have spent time on
this, the references are detailed in the CAC report.
Hopefully you can reference those. Mainly, Brighton Pavilion would
like reference for the LGBTI+ pay gap
and the problems whilst employers are categorising
trance and nonbinary staff and the difficulty for equal pay
claims for trance and nonbinary people. We request that consideration is
given to this point.>>: I am representing the
disabled members forum of which I am an officer. I have hidden
disabilities. I am here to talk on references
on Universal Credit and means testing. We are appalled at the
hedging around the Universal Credit in the
policy forum document. The disabled people around the
country are terrified about Universal
Credit. Disabled people have been reassured by the statement
I by John McDonnell to say that Labour scraps the Universal
Credit, we don’t need the policy going back on that, where it has
language like universal credits continues in the current form. We have to get rid of Universal
Credit, that is why we have referenced back the document.
If I can talk about means testing. We don’t need to be
talking about means testing or a means tested
approach. Means testing is completely and utterly wrong. I
don’t have to explain that to a Labour Party audience but we
must explain it to the members of the national policy forum.
As said, these are documented now, the cases are documented in pages
about 46 to 48 of the CAC3 report. Read those, they are
the statements. We did not refer back complete paragraphs
but referred back to specific sentences. If you think that
the whole paragraph is good, our references back are specific on specific points of
the sentences. We are not out there, we are just wishing to
refer back to make the policy forum look again to keep what
the policy forum says in line with the
Labour Party policy, not weakening or mitigating it. I
have seen I have time left … so, I will just add, that in
terms of what Katie was saying about
trance and nonbinary people, one of the references back here is
talking about gender pay gab legislation, if you want to
bring a case you must be a man or a woman. If you are in transition or a
nonbinary person you have to go to that and is a I that you are
a man or a woman. I would like people to consider it could be
difficult or demeaning for someone who is in transition or
in particular for someone who is nonbinary.
(Applause) We have to take that into
account, conference, please support.>>: Good morning. Kim Johnston, Liverpool
riverside, C LP. I am a new delegate. I wanted to refer you
to page 157. The first paragraph that says that the
work, pensions and equality policy commission is charged with
Labour’s social policy on poverty and equality. My concern is on the document
that refers to race inequality and the problems that back
people have in this country. I would like to say that we have
to look at the commissions and the
people that embold — involved in the different policy
documents to ensure that there is greater representation from all of the equality groups,
so that their voices and concerns are heard in all
aspects of the policy document. So, I have probably not done it
right but I wanted to raise issues and
concerns about this in terms of race equality. Thank you.
(Applause)>>: Thank you, you did do that
right. Well done, thank you. Does anyone wish to speak in
favour or against any of the reference
backs? No? OK. We now move tonight motion on
Universal Credit, from women’s conference to be moved by Mary
Callaghan on behalf of unionite, the
union. . — Unite, the Union. Can you
make your way to the delegate desk.>>: Good morning, Chair,
conference conference, my name is Mary Callaghan, I am from Unite, the Union, proud,
and honoured to be moving this motion on behalf of all those women at
Labour Women’s Conference earlier this year much
(Applause) Delegates, we heard incredibly
powerful and heartbreaking speeches made
by our women members. Re-counting direct experience of
the long wait for care, the very low
pay, and poor conditions of careworkers. the horrifying experiences of Universal Credit and the
destruction it has had on our lives and the
lives of our loved ones. So when just last week, David
Cameron, in selling his memoirs tells the
Today Programme that he was proud of
Iain Duncan Smith’s work, I can only be struck by the cruelty and the
continued inhumanity of the Tories.
(Applause) Conference, so much of the
debate at Women’s Conference, and why I am proud to be moving
this motion, is that it was not just about despair … it was
also about Labour’s solutions. The commitments to transform in
the very structure of our economy, to put women and equality at the heart
of our society, rather than tinkering
around the edges is what my union and
as I as a worker, a Unite rep in a food
factory and Labour activist have fought so hard for decades to
achieve. When Laura Picock spoke about
what Labour did in Government to strengthen trade union and
employment rights to bring about a change of power in our
workplaces, creating sect oral collective bargaining and to
bring in statutory rights for equality reps, Laura spoke about
how it would change the lives of tens of millions of workers for the
better. The low-paid careworker with the
poor conditions we heard about at the Women’s Conference, would be
properly valued. By ending austerity and
rebuilding our public services, by having a social security system that enables
rather than punish, like Universal Credit
does, by putting equality at the heart
rather than as an afterthought, we can
end and bring about real change but to do that we need to Unite, fight and win
a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Government,
and I believe we can and we will. I move.
(Applause)>>: Katie Dunnin, CW, speaking on
behalf of the Labour Women’s Conference.
As was indicated this motion came from the first women’s stand alone
conference, everyone walked away feeling united and optimistic.
We have fought long and hard for a stand alone women’s
conference, it is right for it to continue in the future.
(Applause) Conference, it is a long motion,
I only have two minute, I will try to keep it as short as
possible. Over the last decade we have
seen undeniable strides forward in achieving equality across our
society. However, there are still many barriers to overcome
in the struggle for justice for women. Nowhere is clearer than
in regards to the gender pay gap, that exists
across our economy. We cannot stick with the status quo, we cannot afford to wait until
2073 for the closure of that gender pay gap to materialise and equally we
cannot allow employers to hide behind looking ar the minority of women at senior
management level and those that are members
of boards. Conference, our party has a trialled crack
record when it comes to fighting for inequality and overcoming
injustices. Labour brought in the equal pay
act, the sexual discrimination act, the Equality Act, the minimum wage,
and introduced Sure Start and we welcomed Angela Rayner less pledge to reintroduce Sure
Start Plus. I was proud to vote in the transformative 2017 manifesto
that promised new politics and a new economy. I am proud that the CWU has been
a part of this motion in building
on the 2017 manifesto in a way that puts gender equality at the
heart of everything that we do in Government. From trade unions to economic
democracy, from tackling gender pay gap, to ending the scandal
of Universal Credit. Conference, the economics of the
past have encouraged a vision, as a party we can offer a
hopeful alternative for a more equipmentable future, I second. e e e equal future. I move.
>>: Conference, we are talking on justice for rape survivors on
taunt on Dane, CLP, can I see the
delegates from Taunton Dane to move the motion? — Taunton Dean. Are Taunton
Dean here? We will come back to that and
take speakers from the debate. Can I see three to start with? There is with unthere. one there. the sent steward in
the back and the person in the stripy top at the front here. If you are called, you must
register at the desk before coming to the podium. I want
to get in as many speakers as possible. I will be quite strict and ask
you to stick to the three minutes. A lot of people have a
lot to say on this. It is a really important issue.>>: Comrades, good morning. I
am from . Springfield, CLP and the Chair
of disability Labour. We also are providing mental
health First Aid services in Conference, especially for disabled
delegates, do go to our store if you need that level of support,
thank you. (Applause) I’m sitting here because I know that we must stop and scrap
Universal Credit. It is the only way to change the
current punitive benefit system. I don’t want to see any longer
people having to choose between heating and eating or losing
their homes because they cannot get their benefit payments on
time. Nothing of that is acceptable
within this society or indeed in a
Labour Government. That is why we have to stop
this. Disability Labour have been working really hard for the
last six months designing a new, compassionate benefit system which would have
questionnaires, which people could think about
what could help disabled people, either getting to work or
becoming independent and to live our lives as we want to do. We should have assistance to eat
and drink and to eat nutritious
meals we should have personal care so we
can go out of our front doors looking smart and reasonable.
We should have the support to do simple things like access adult education if we wish to do so,
or heavens forbid actions disability campaigning!
(Applause)>>: Thank you, delegate. Your
time is up.>>: I’m a member of … sitting on the work, pensions
and equality … comrades, on the reference back,
please support the references back and stop and scrap. Thank
you. (Applause)
>>: Next delegate, please.>>: Good morning, comrades. I’m from Stroud District CLP. This is my first general
conference but have I spoken in support of this motion at the Women’s
Conference at Telford. I spoke about my experience as a
lone parent and about using a food bank to feed my toddler. We actually had a delivery as I
didn’t have enough money to get the bus to the food bank. Our welfare state used to be a safety net for vulnerable people
but due to years of vicious Tory cuts it
has been turned into a trap of pain,
suffering and humiliation. (Applause) In what society do working
parents have to choose between buying food
and paying utility bills? (Applause) In what society do terminally
ill people get declared fit to work?
(Applause) I want my daughter to grow up in
a society of justice and compassion and for that to happen we need
people who aren’t afraid to raise their
voices. (Applause) That is why I am standing for
Stroud District Council in 2020 because
someone has to tell them! (Applause) And that is why, comrades, we
need a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour
Government. Thank you! (Applause)>>: Good morning, Conference,
I’m from Rugby PLC, first time delegate
and first time speaker. (Applause) Rugby was one of the first areas
of the country to see the roll out of Universal Credit, we have
been suffering ever since. We have parents unable to feed
themselves and their children and our food bank usage in the
town has gone up. We have also seen the results of Universal
Credit impacting our local economy, the High Street is
suffering. When people can’t feed themselves or children they
cannot contribute to society. (Applause) The outright cruelty that the
successive Tory governments put into the benefit system is
nothing short of criminal. They have blood on their hands. And this includes things like
the Pit Payments. — PIP Payments. My friend has a dibill Tating
illness, using the toilets up to 16 times
a day and is in excruiseiating pain
24/7. She has lost three jobs. But the Government has stopped
her PIP payments and declared her fit
for work. Conference, we need a Labour Government to put
dignity, care, support back into the benefit
system and to put human decency back into
the heart of Government for those that need it the most. I
support this motion. (Applause)>>: We now have Taunton Dean
ready to move. I will chose three further
people to come to the front to get ready to move. Can I see Taunton Dean on
justice for rape survivors.>>: Hello. I’m from the Taunton Dean PLC,
a first time delegate, first time
speaker and I’m also standing here as a
rape survivor. (Applause) Today I am here calling for
justice for rape survivors. I would like to thank Richard
RichardBergen for his attention to this yesterday in his speech. 34% of rape cases referred to
the CPS in 2018-19 resulted in a charge. This is a decrease of almost 30%
since 2014. Since 2017, completed prosecutions have fallen by a third and
convictions fell by 27%. I would like to highlight that
rape is not just a statistic, rape is
carried by the survivors for life. Sarah Crew, deputy Police Chief
for Avon and Somerset said that we have a justice system that is
stretched and under pressure. Victims commissioner and former
Labour MP, Dame Vera Baird said this
was a deliberate policy by the Crown Prosecution Service to
improve their conviction rate by abandenning
thousands of cases of potentially
traumatised men and women who look to the Crown Prosecution
Service for support. Conference, this is a national
crisis. Our country has fallen victim of a Tory Government.
When the justice is foregone for the sake of profit margins it is
the Labour Party’s duty to reclaim justice for the people. Comrades, we must say no more to
austerity. We must insist that the victims’
voices are heard in a court of law. We must win the in
connection General Election and have a Government, a country and
a justice system that we are proud of. I hedger you all to
support this motion. Thank you. (Applause) urge you all to support the
motion. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Colleagues, comrades,
Conference, I stand in support of the motion. Also, I stand
here in support of those colleagues from the Women’s
Conference, the first ever. I represent Great Yarmouth as a
county and a Borough Councilor, for the
last three years, I have seen some of the most appalling
experiences of poverty that have been forced upon a
community by cruel Tory administration. I have seen lives decimated. I have had people come to my
door begging for food because of a
seven week wait on money in order to keep their children and
themselves alive. Now, if that is an indication of
Tory consideration I want shot of it. I want rid of Universal Credit
and every aspect of its malicious,
cruel … (Applause) Unfeeling systematic torture to
people that have got nothing to be
ashamed of, apart from the fact that they have been put in a position of never
ending poverty. And when you get to a stage of
life where you consider that the best
option is possibly suicide, like again
people have told me, that they have resorted to, then you know
that we have got to support this motion. We have got to support those
perspective candidates that want to oust those Tory administrators of
crime, of cruelty. And we have to stand up for a
government of Labour representatives that will make
the change that our country is crying out for. I say, please understand what
people are experiencing, please support
this motion and please let’s make the change for the good of
our country. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Conference, a proud Unison
delegate and proud to be Telford’s parliamentary
candidate for Labour. Speaking in support of the
composite motion Universal Credit and employment support.
The motion came from Women’s Conference, I was delighted to
host it in Telford. When even the UN identified a
gender disparity. And I quote if there were a
group of misogynists in a room, how to make it work for men and women, they
would not have come up with too many ideas in place. Universal
Credit causes poverty for women and families. We have lone parents, 90% of
whom are women, losing as much as £2,000. Women in abusive
relationships made financially dependent on the abuser as the
credit is paid into a single account. I have seen in my constituencies
the terrible impact of this policy. We agree that Universal Credit
is this: It is not a credit but a cruelty, not a universal
cruelty, though, this regime is forced on the most vulnerable in our society, women, BAME
women, and disabled women have born the
brunt of this cruel Government austerity. Labour have
challenged the Government to tackle the ten biggest
failings of the credit and when we kick the Government out we
have to implement them. It was saiderly, we should repeal cuts
to the legal system that impact heavily on women in violence and
in coercive relationships but it is not enough. We have to scrap
Universal Credit. We have to do it carefully, not leaving people in a rolling
limbo as the cruel Tory Government has left them in for
years. We need a redesign of benefits. In consultation, with all, we
must replace Universal Credit with a progressive benefits system to
promote equality, and abolishes the
punitive policy and eradicates the need for food banks. Thank
you. (Applause)>>: Mornings, conference, I’m
from Dartford CLP, a first time
delegate at Conference like many of you. We are a party of campaigners, sticking up for the
under-represented, undervalued and underresourced. This is a
women’s and a welfare issue, that is our unpaid carers. There are 8 million individuals
in the UK … (Applause)
… there are 8 million of them in the UK, they are the sticking plaster
for the underfunded social care and system in our NHS. Without
them millions of people with long-term health and mental care
needs would not be supported. Some of you will be carers
without realising, the shopping that you are getting for your
loved one, the prescriptions you are collecting, the
appointments you accompany them to. These are caring roles.
I’m a carer and campaigner. I help to care for my mum, a
responsibility that I take seriously. Being a carer
affects all parts of your lives from financial security, your
future, your health, your mental wellbeing. You are more likely
to have a stroke than the rest of the population. 600 people a
day are giving up work as they cannot do it alongside caring
for somebody. Carers have been shockingly
treated by the controversy Government we don’t have a
national carer’s strategy. It was promised then kicked into
the the long grass. We have been waiting for 3. 5 years for the promised social
care strategy. Carers use holiday time up to
take loved one to hospital appointments and there is no statutory carer’s
leave. Should they get a break, they catch up with their own
sleep or appointments. It is not acceptable. Real carers and
the people that they are caring for are struggling to cope right
now … (Applause) … yet they provide the equivalent
of 132 billion pounds … so, that is it, providing the equivalent of £132 billion into
the economy yearly. I support the motion. Thank you so much.
Thank you. (Applause)>>: Conference, sorry to speed
things a long we have a lot to pack in this morning. The
second debate of the day is on the economy, business and trade.
Once again we start with references back. We only have
one from Brighton Pavilion in this session. Does anyone else
wish to move areference back? This is the point at which you
do it must be precise? No? Brighton Pavilion, then to move
your reference back. As mentioned earlier, these are
detailed in the CAC report today.>>: I’m Lewis Crannock from
Brighton Pavilion moving a reference back
on page 44, the third of the four paragraphs. Labour Party
policy is to repeal the antitrade union laws. The 2017
conference voted for it, a repealing of the 2016 trade
union act was in the manifesto. I was therefore surprised not to
find it in the policy document on the economy. That is why I am referencing
back. 40 years ago to implement the pernicious neoliberal economic
Bodel, the Tories bode model, the Tories passed
laws to weaken the trade unions. There were issues with
employment, low pay, outsourcing, zero hours
contracts and much more. When we elect a Labour Government and
Jeremy Corbyn as the Prime Minister, we are going to
transform the economy and give working people dignity and
control of their terms and conditions at work. The right
to strike, the right to picture, free collective
bargaining and the things that the bosses hate
most, the closed shop. Taking back control, comrades!
(Applause)>>: Thank you, delegate and
Conference we move to the composite motions. Sorry, we need to take speeches
in favour or against the reference back if anyone has one
before moving to the composites? Nope. OK. We move to the composite
motions. The first is composite 6 on
industrial strategy. That is moved by Unite, the
union, seconded by ASLEF. If other delegates who are
moving and seconding composites could start thinking about being
in the right place at the right time that would be useful.
Thank you.>>: Chair, conference, McClusky,
Unite, moving composite 6. (Applause) Comrades, four years ago
something special happened and it has changed British politics
forever. A decent man, a genuine
socialist was elected as leader of our Labour Party!
(Applause) In my, and my union has sought
to support Jeremy Corbyn ever since. It is only a Jeremy Corbyn-led
Government that gives us hope. Only his radical vision can lead
to the irreversible shift in power to working people that we
desperately need. It is sometimes been a tough
fight against those without and those within our party who
reject that vision. But we have come this far,
comrades. We have got this far because of our unity. And because our new agenda
reflects the common sense of our times. We have an emerging generation
that has only known austerity,
austerity thrust on us by the Tories and
the Liberal Democrat partners. Joe Swinson does not like Jeremy
and the Labour Party, apparently, well, the feeling is
mutual! Their party, their party gave us austerity and destroyed our
community. She voted in fayre of every
attack on our welfare favour of ever attack on the
welfare state and we will not forget that. She reminds us you cannot trust
a Liberal Democrat. The country is crying out for the alternative to austerity
economics and neoliberal dogma that has thrown
Thomas Cook to the wall along with thousands of jobs. This composite sets out what is
needed. We want one thing, a progressive
Labour Government that will govern in the interests of
working people. To get there we must not be side
tracked. Unity got us where we are, only division, conference, can derail
us now, from Brexit to the bank, the country needs to hear a united Labour
voice arguing for that brighter future. Light me say Let me say here
that Jeremy Corbyn is 1,000 times right in trying to
speak to our whole country at this time
of crisis when we have … (Applause)
… when we have the Tories dismissing half of our nation and the liberals
writing off the other performance. It is Jeremy’s
Labour that puts social justice, that says whether you are Leave
or Remain matters less than your class. We should not let anyone …
Conference we should not let anyone, we should not let anyone define us
or divide us as Leavers or referencing mainors. What defines us is that we are
socialists … (Applause) referencing mainors. And our
vision of a better world is within our grasp. I beg you, comrades, keep your
eyes on the prize. In a General Election campaign, people will
see that only Labour offers policies to create a better and
fairer Britain. Policies to heal the nation,
securing the future with large scale investment in the
infrastructure and an industrial strategy that stimulates the
manufacturing base, protects the public services, provides decent work,
builds homes, gives workers in the trade unions dignity and
respect. People are sick of the lies that fall so easily from
our Prime Minister’s mouth, aided and abetted by a Cabinet
of millionaires who rake it in as
our people are sent to the dole
queues. The only antidote to the crux of
the Brexit Party and the charltans
in Number Ten is a Jeremy Corbyn
Corbyn-led Government. Comrades, it is our
responsibility our duty as trade unionists to ensure that Labour
wins the election. Unite, I pledge will not be wanting. We
are a socialist Party. We are united in wanting to live a profound and lasting change for
our people. I end on this, there is only one door to Number Ten, comrades, we can
only go through it if we go through it together. I implore you, please give
Jeremy the support he needs later so that
Prime Minister Corbyn can lead us to a
bright new dawn. I move. . (cheering and applause)>>: Thank you delegate. ASLEF to sec the motion second
the motion.>>: Thank you, Chair, thank you,
Conference. What Learn said! Len said!
(Applause) And while we are talking about industrial strategy, can I thank
Richard Leonard for promising to take
our railways back to a national ownership. Thank you, Richard. Conference, we are told that
technology is changing our world, we must move with the
time, the economy is changing therefore the world of work must
change also. This is true, our movement is
based on progress, the Labour move must embrace technology to make us a
prosperous and efficient country with better jobs and a just
transition. But for too long many voices have been used to encourage neoliberalism
and a race to the bottom and the excues to neglect our core
industries. We have to get the politicians
to stop piping up about the need for industrial strategy but act
on an industrial strategy. We need a world that looks ten,
20, 30 years from now for our children and grandchildren to
create a better future with real work that pays. And no inwork
poverty. This is time for action, there
will never be an act that deals with housing crisis, transport networks
schools and hospital buildings, we need a better future to boost
construction. And creates apprenticeships and a proper
educated future. A composite that is core, a
Labour industrial strategy must deal with the biggest challenge
of our times, climate change. (Applause) We must electrify the railways
to have a proper multi-integrate
multi-integrated transport system, to make sure that the
schools and the hospitals and public buildings are energy
efficient. The trade unions is central to the strategy. And
while here, trade union voices are central to the party. The
party was established on the voice of organised Labour. The
clue is in the name. Trade unions created the party and
comrades, if the collective voices of train drivers, nurses, school
staff, hospital workers, the party will
no longer be worthy of its name, so we must work together. So, conference, climate change has been a free market’s biggest
failure. We cannot listen to Trump and
the deniers. Dealing with it must be one of
the Labour movement’s greatest
successes, so let’s get in Corbyn so he can work for the
many, not for the few.>>: The next motion is composite
7 on insourcing, moved by Unison.>>: Thank you, Linda Hobson, Unison.
Conference, for decades my union fought the privatation of the
public service, what we know is what we have been saying for
years that privatation has failed. It failed in the 80s, the 90s
and it is still failing today. The costs borne by the
workforce, future generations and people
when desperately need the services. Privatation has been
a disaster for public service workers and 1 million decent
jobs gone from the local communities. The elEarl, the
frail, the vulnerable, suffering like never before. Privatiseed care services
collapsing, on the brink, starved of money. Public sector jobs, given to
those who care more about private profit than they do
about public good. The rich and the powerful are immune to the
damage it cause but those who rely on the public services are
not. Our people, struggling to get by with fewer resources, to
work with less and less pay in the pockets. If the public funds are siphoned
off and slipping into the pockets of the powerful and the
seedy off-shore companies, conference it is an outrage, an
outrage that we must end. We have to step up our fight to
bring our public services in-house. Not some, no when the
contracts end but all of them, all back in house where they
belong! (Applause) And I say to the doubters who
say it costs too much money, I will tell you where to get the
money from, close the tax haven, end the loopholes and those that cannot afford to pay, show
them the burden the decent and publicly
owned public services. We welcome the … (problem with sound) services run for private gain.
Properly funded, not cut to the bone. Decent paid workers, not
careworkers, nurses and teaching assistants struggling to get
by. That is a change our party can deliver, it is a change we
must deliver. Conference, I move.
(Applause)>>: Can I see a second? GMB to
second?>>: Barbara Plant, GMB delegate
and national President. Conference, privatisation has
been a failed 40 years experiment. We are outsourcing,
where it has happened in public services we have seen costs overrun, workers’ rights
watered down and communities let down. the Tory goth has spent the last
nine years cutting funding, forcing
through reorganisations, and out of control outsourcing and
privatisation and our public services are close to breaking
point. GMB represent members who work
in public services in every town and every city across the
country. The workers that have to face the worst of
privatation, and it is on behalf of the workers that we vote for
at this conference. They are our colleagues,
neighbours, friends and families. Conference, our
members are rightly proud of the jobs that they do. It is an era of where less more,
the number of the staff on the job and the terms and the
conditions that we are expected to put up with is getting
harder, harder for them. That is why GMB launched the Go
Public campaign. To call on the Government to invest in public
services. Replacing what the local Government has last in the
hands of over a decade of Tory cuts. End privatation and outsourcing
so that the taxpayer’s money goes into the public services
not the shareholder profits. Providing public services free
at the point of use. From cradle to grave for everyone
that needs them and to give fair pay and pensions for the public
service workers. Let’s end the race to the bottom in workers’
terms and conditions. Public service workers properly
celebrated and valued for the work that they do. GMB are calling time on the
outsourcing of the public services. It failed the public
and those workers. Finally, Conference, that is
why we need a radical Labour Government to stand up with us
for these principles and secure a future for
high-quality, accountable public service, conference, I second.
(Applause)>>: Composite 8. Working hours. It says GMB, about u it could be it could be the CWU?
>>: Tim would have been happy! Chair conference, Tony Kearns to
move the motion on working hours. We have an industrial strategy,
we have seen that spoken about by Len and talking about the
insourcing and the core of work of people. 25 years ago we saw
report after report about the benefits of automation, about
AI, how robots were coming to do the jobs and we would live a
life of leisure and reality 25 years on is a tax on sick pay, holiday, maternity
and paternity pay. Flexibility is one way, working
people with no control over their lives. Working people
arriving first in a queue to be picked for the follow day’s job. And workers told to sign away
terms and conditions or face the second. Get down to support the GMB. And we see in the CB in CWU, in Royal Mail, it is time
for rethink and for decisive action. Investment in
technology is not going to make your job easier, it is
done to extract profit, the problem is not AI, the problem is capitalism, it is
the faster, cheaper, race to the
bottom that we have to stop. A new economics foundation says
that a shorter working week can
increase productivity. In Germany and in the
Scandinavian countries their work a four day week and the productivity is better. It
can be done. We need industrial and political
issue, and on the state pension age with in a situation where
people could be worked to death, it is time to move on. We want
an ambitious and radical plan on rights for the individual and
for the collective in trade unions. It needs for a
legislation, which is why we call for a shorter
working week of 32 hours. It is not about waiting for
someone to do that job for us, it is about taking a radical new agenda for the
workers and the employers. The TUC unanimously endorsed a position two weeks ago, working
only shift funds, control over technology over collective
bargaining and to reverse the trends on longer
working lives and the issue, that the
pay ratio between Chief Executives and workers should be
limited to 10-1. If you can afford to pay your
Chief Executive, £800,000, we don’t have a problem but you pay the worker
£40,000 if you are going to do it! This is about enshrining trade
union values into society. Let’s tell the people who are
accumulating wealth, that it was us who made the wealth and we
want a share of it. The time off to see our families. Let’s
secure for the workers, the full fruits of their labour and equal
distribution by taking the hours back for ourselves. CWU and Jeremy Corbyn have
spoken in a campaign and we will stand with him when he gets to
Number Ten as he is on the side of workers, that is why we
want to enshrine with him a shorter weeking law. work weeking law.
(Applause)>>: Can I say, if there is a
second, please.>>: Chair, Tricia Duncan, the
Labour Party and proud Vice-Chair of
Scottish Labour Women’s Committee. I am delighted to
be here representing my CLP and to be a
supporting CWU and seconding a motion on a four day week. I say that a shorter working
week with no loss of pay is long overdue. Comrades, I remember
as a young trade union member of C PSA being
involved in a discussion of four day week with no loss of pay
over 30 years ago. It is somewhat ironic that we
have not moved on in that direction. Conference, the Labour and trade
union movement fought for two day weekends and limits of long
hours at work and the realisation of the four day with
week must be the next challenge. So I call for a new beginning
for UK workers, with the Labour Party and trade unions leading
the way. I envisage an exciting chapter ahead where we are
united and calling for a four day week and implementing the
changes necessary. (Applause) First of all, let’s think about
the pent situation. Conference, west are concerned that UK workers work longer hours than
our European counterparts and unpaid overtime worth billions
of pounds. Of course it is grossly unfair
that this is the way to work for UK workers but what detrimental
effect on our society? In a report from Autonomy on
the four day week campaign, it is
outlined the health and the wellbeing cost of overwork. That work-related anxiety,
stress or depression accounts for half of all working days lost it to ill
health. 12.5 million days, a staggering economic cost of over
5 billion a year. It is disgraceful. Our model of work
time is causing real harm to workers and a four
day week would cut levels of overwork and
increase wellbeing by delivering a better balance between work,
family and leisure. Comrades, this better balance is
also to gender equality to be improved. It is recognised
that on average women do 64% of unpaid work more
than men. So moving to a short are working week would help to
… would support on unpaid work and
help with valued jobs traditionally that women work. It would help men with more
outside paid employment to be active parents and carers and
change expectations as part time becomes a new full-time and
support more women to take up secured and well-paid
employment. Comrades …>>: Last sentence.
>>: Conference, I urge you support the motion and we have a
central pledge in the manifesto and a key aim … as led by
Jeremy Corbyn. (Applause)>>: It is the GMB this time.
Composite 9, employment rights. Thank you. >>: I thought it was early
merger talk, President. Good morning, Tim Roach, proud
to move composite 9 and proud to see a hall so full with such an
important debate. Comrades in 1979 trade union membership was at its height, at
13 million. The statistic is half that at
6.5 million. As a movement we have to take some responsibility
for that. As when the world of work changed, privatisation
fragmentation, frankly we were too slow to respond. Our once proud mine, steel work, woolen mills shut down and
shipped off-shore shore, we were slow to
react. But awe longside we had Government after Government and
yes, New Labour, who systematically dismantled
workers’ rights and put all obstacles in
the way of organised working people. And conference, it is
no coincidence as the trade union membership declined, so
inequality exploded in the UK. 2019 Tory Britain, where the
richest 100 people have the combined wealth of the bottom 19
million. How on earth has it got to this,
what is the real result of this? Amazon owner Martin Bezuidenhout Business Secretary Jeff Bezos,
the richest man on the planet. Wife is divorcing him, hope she
takes the lot. ASDA, ASDA rakes in the millions
while forcing our members with 40 years’ service to give away
the bank holiday, to give away the paid breaks and if you don’t
accept it, you are sacked on the 2nd of November. Really? Is that the way to treat loyal
workers? GMB will fight it. ASOS workers … thank you.
ASOS workers who daren’t use the toilet for fear that they will
not have a job in the morning. Amazon, ASDA, ASOS, and that is
the As, hows that come to this but
GMB are fighting back. Uber, we have taken them every time in
the courts and beaten them to show that we treat workers with
respect! Herm yes, sir, Herm yes, sir, we shamed the courier company,
Hermes by treating people, denying them sick, holiday pay,
it was the wrong thing. Now they have signed an agreement that 17,500 people will be
getting their sick and holiday pay. Well done done. Diageo, and Harland workers in
Belfast, occupying the yard to save it from closing. and women members striking in
pursuit of fairness and equality in pay. Yes, they won. GMB are fighting hard as with
sister unions doing fantastic stuff. But it is always with
one hand tied behind our back. That is what you get when the
people who benefit from the system are the same people who
designed the system. Who run the system, who milk the system,
well, conference, it is time to change the system! Change the system for the carers
and the cleaners, the school support staff, the ship betters
builders, the refuse workers, taking back
political power we will not just win in Westminster but across the
country in a biggest expansion of workers’ rights. Labour’s policy puts employers
to notice that the free market, free loading, free for all is a
thing of the past. Think of this one part of the massive
policy, sec material, collective bargaining with a guaranteed
living rate for all workers. That, for the first time, unions
will be able to negotiate upwards, so Labour creating a
race to the top, rather than the Tories race to the bottom. That
is what we are talking about! It is on that basis, it is on
that basis, conference, that we leave here united on Wednesday,
united in the fight to return a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour
Government to Number Ten, I move. Thank you.
(Applause)>>: Can I see our starter
second, please? >>: Dave McKrossan. Conference, the Tories have
continued their attacks on trade unions over a number of years.
This has led to a massive drop in the number of people covered
by collective bargaining. This in turn resulted in workers not
getting the pay increases that they deserve or the working
hours that they need. Indeed, the shift in working
patterns that they need in order to carry out caring
responsibilities. Conference, we need a Labour Government. We
need a Labour Government and ministry of employment rights to
turn the tide and to give people working people, a real voice in
the workplace. So, Labour is proposing sector
wide collective bargaining to start to deal with the evil that
is poverty pay. and improving workers’ pay and
conditions. But for pay and conditions and collective
bargaining to be effective yes to make sure we have well
organised workplaces. There are too many antiunion
employers as Tim listed. Companies like Aldi, companies
like Lidl who refuse to recognise or
discuss matters with trade unions. Worse, they will not let us
speak to the workers. Working people should have a right to
what the trade unions have to say. Trade unions should have a
legal right to access those people.
(Applause) We need to remove the hurdles
put in place by the Tory to ensure that they cannot have
accounts negotiating on their behalf. It should be easier for
the trade unions to trigger ballots to ensure that we can
represent the workers in the workplaces. Only through trade
union organisation and collective bargaining will the workers get a fair deal in the
workplace. Cross. Conference, when we
leave at the end of the week we have to do one thing, to go back to speak to friends,
workmates, colleagues and urge them to
create an army of activist, to get rid of Boris Johnson, the
nasty party and to put Jeremy Corbyn in Number Ten. I move.
Thank you.>>: Thank you. Can I see, hopefully, the CWU to
move composite 10, Royal Mail?>>: Conference, Dave Walker,
Communication Workers Union. In the next few weeks, you will
see CW postal workers deliver a massive turnout and “yes” vote
for strike action in the dispute against Royal Mail. There are two reasons why I’m
very confident that this will happen. The first is that we
have built a machine that combines
cutting-edge communications, incredible use of social media and that most traditional
thing that trade unions can never
forget, face-to-face meetings with your
members, getting them behind the union, getting them to stand
together. Secondly, we know postal workers
know, we face the fight of our lives. Literally to defend over 100,000
jobs to defend UK postal services
and to defend the future of our industry, we will be opposing the complete
direction that Royal Mail want to take us in. We have been on a journey. We
have been on a journey of liberalisation, of
privatisation, and through the strength of the workplace based union, we have been able
to fend off thus far most of the worst aspects and the destructive aspects of
asset stripping and of breaking up the company that
privatisation inevitably brings. So what has changed? We have now a new CEO, he
doesn’t actually work in the UK, he runs the company from abroad. He wants to bring in all of the
techniques that he has made millions and millions of pounds
on in a company called GLS described in an
internal investigation in Germany as a company that uses modern-day slavery
methods. That is the person that is currently leading the
postal services in the UK. Now, our members, we know that
what we are going to see, the first part of it is breaking up into a small
parcel business and the strategy is to let the rest of the industry wither on
the vine. We have fought against this all of our lives.
We are not going to accept it. We will fight until everlast
breath, to every pointer that we can make across the whole of the
UK to stop this. Conference, it doesn’t have to
be this way. I urge you to look at the vision
that is set out in the terms of this motion, a vision that has
been worked up with a leadership of the Labour Party
and all of the frontbench team. It offers a blueprint for every
industry that has been privatised. It talks about how you can
expand the role of postal workers,
rebuilding communities, ensuring we can contribute to growing
local economies, it talks about maximum pay ratios of
20-1, enforced in renationalised Royal Mail. And for our delivery workers,
yes to control the use of technology. Being a postal worker out on
delivery, it used to be about having the chance to make your
own decisions about what you did. Now it is like being
tagged every minute of the day like a criminal. It has to
stop. So, Conference, our members are
watching this debate. It is being live streamed to
our members. We want to know that every
single delegate in this hall, that the whole of the Labour Party is behind
postal workers in this dispute. Are you behind us? We want to know.
(cheering and applause) Wait a minute … wait a minute
… thank you. Thank you,
Conference. A couple of final things we want to know …
(Laughter) Are you behind the vision of renagsalisation that is set out
in re-nationalisation, are you
behind that? And one more, if I can give you a vote today for
strike action in our ballot, would you vote “yes”? It is the
people’s post, it is the people’s jobs and it is the
people that are going to win. I move.
(cheering and applause)>>: Before you speak, delegate,
I will take a round so that they are trod speak when you finish. Hold your horses, I will need
three, we own have time for three, yes,
you in the glasses and the Labour
T-shirt. Yes, in the, so, you are waving
at me with long blonde hair and pink. And I’m going to take women and
BAME delegates as we need to increase
the diversity of the speakers this morning. Yes, the woman in the checked
shirt and glasses.>>: Thank you, Chair. Chair, Conference, Kate
Osborne, Unite member and Royal Mail
worker proud to second the motion with Royal
Mail and show solidarity with our comrades in the CWU. Conference, Unite organises
managers and senior staff in Royal Mail and we too have seen
threats to our members’ job security and an environment that has seen morale amongst our membership drop to an
unprecedented low. In 2017 we also made a similar
pledge to the CWU as Royal Mail
attacked pay and conditions in the continuing race to the
bottom. That future cannot be built on
sand and the weak proo foundations of privatation due regulation and
ever more injure contracting and employment model models.
Conference we support the fight against privatisation and will
continue to support the campaign to
defend our Royal Mail, Parcel Force, Post
Office, returning them to where they belong in public ownership
under a Labour Party Government who are already committed to do
it. We will stand united with the
CWU in our fight for the future of this
vital public service and the dedicated people who work for
it. Unite is proud to stand with the
CWU and I ask Conference to do the same. We are behind you.
(Applause)>>: Conference, Charlotte Childs
Childs. Speaking in support of motions and composite 6.
Conference, speaking in support of a coherent and radical
industrial strategy. I am from Scunsthorpe. I started working life as an
electrician on the school works, it is where I found my place in
the trade union and the Labour movement. During 11 years on the stool
works we went through numerous reworkings
from investment bankers to investment bankers and thousands
of jobs lost. The Tories economic structure,
is destroying communities like mine that I grew up in.
Scunthorpe needs a strategy investing in sustainable jobs that will
future proof the cornerstone
industries. Scunthorpe is where we make the best rail in the
world. We need to get rid of the
arrogant Tory Government that do not give a crap about our
people. We need to protect job, families and communities,
nationalise now and protect our jobs. Thank you, Conference.
(Applause)>>: Good morning. Speaking in
favour of a four day working week. Trade unions and the
Labour movement were built to fight for a worker’s rights to a
health and safety working environment and to ensure a
happy and a fulfilled life outside of work. Technological advances left the
bosses richer than ever, the workers worse off, the profits
have grown and the wages stagnated. As a workforce we are more
anxious and depressed with 57% of working days down to work related stress and moor
mental health. Some on zero hours contracts are waiting by
the phone to find out if they have a shift while others work
50, 60, 70 hours a week to make ends
meet to the detriment of health, social lives and family. On the
one hand we have people desperately seeking work and on
the other, those losing days related
to stress and sickness. We must be united in finding a
solution that benefits us all. In the face of attacks on the
workforce we cannot look to incountrimental climate change incremental change but bold
change. We have to ensure that we the workers and not just the bosses benefit
from increased wealth and surplus time. In stead of fearing alternative
we have to see the changes now to
ensure that more of us can work and we
can work less with fewer hours and sharing the profits of
greater productivity with a proper work life balance. Our party, the Labour Party, the
trade unions must show the way to show
a full strong workforce with a reduced working week but with a full weeking
week’s pay. Workers demand brand but we need
roses too. Please, support the motion. .
>>: Conference many of news the hall know from our experiences of
those of family and friends that working life can be a good and
reworking experience. Where healthy balance is struck
between work and life, where pay, pensions and progressions
are up for negotiations and where strong trade unions CAC as
a counterweight on our behalf ensuring that we are taken
seriously, respected and able to have real says over the work
that we are organised in. Of course, we also know that
through our own experiences or of those
of our family and friends that we are the lucky ones, that far too many working
today, that, sorry that for far too many working today, life is
shaped by huge powers of imbalance. Where workers are at
the Beck and call of the employers. Where the workforce is treated
like commodities to be bought and sold in the Labour matter.
And where employers have no sense of responsibility for
anything other than the bottom line. Employers like this have thrived
under the Tory Government. The trade union Act has made it
harder for a trade union to fight back and to promote the
Labour market policies that are characterised by the expulsion
of zero hours and other types of short hours contract in the
public and private sectors. Through growth of bogus self-employment and the
sustained fall in real terms of pay since the
19th century we have to send a clear message in a language that
everyone understands that a Labour Government will fix the
world of work to ensure that all employees are respected in
their, by their employers and able to work in dignity. Please
support. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Thank you, delegate. It
gives me great pleasure to introduce the Shadow Chancellor,
John McDonnell. (cheering and applause)>>: Thank you. Thank you. Thanks a lot. Thank you! Can I just say, thank you, thank
you, thank you, thank you very much. I got all of the warmth of that
welcome, I take it as a response to the hard work of my whole Shadow
Treasury Team. I want to thank them as the
unsung heroes of my team. Peter Dod, the Chief Secretary, on
what he describes as a small fishing
village of Bootle. And Jonathan that we send into
London to preach socialism and Annalise
Dodds tackleing our programme of tax
avoidance and tax evasion. Annaliese has found that magic
money tree in the caman islands Cayman Islands and digging it up
and bringing it here! (Applause) And Clive Lieuy, always getting
into Lewis, always getting into
scrape after scrape, pushing on our green
agenda with courage and vigour. And I want to thank Lynn Brown,
the conscious of our party in
inensuring that everything we do secures
social justice and equality for all that need it. (Applause) Finally, my parliamentary
Private Secretary, Thelma Walker, she
brings her skills as a former head teacher to ensure that we all do our home
work and we deliver on every occasion. Thank you, Thelma for all that
you do. and I want to pay tribute to
others as well, to the GMB workers, who
work for ASDA, threatened with the sack for Christmas if they
don’t sign up to the worst contract. Here they are.
Solidarity! (Applause) Can I just say this, comrades,
we will support you all the way in standing up to these bullies.
We will support you all the way. (Applause) Let me say to Dave Ward as well,
I heard his speech earlier, Dave from
CWU, as far as I am concerned, the role of a Labour MP is yes,
to support in Parliament but also on the picture lines, so if
it is in Parliament or on the picture line, Dave, we are with
you on this campaign. John Prescott (A.
(Applause) I want to also thank a friend of
mine. He is a mate who almost
accidentally became the leader of the Labour Party!
(Laughter) I just want to say this, he has
given our team 100% support. What mikes me so proud makes me so proud, no matter
the smears by the press, he always
embodies the gender politics he
advocates, I am so proud of Jeremy Corbyn!
(cheering and applause) # Oh, Jeremy Corbyn # Oh, Jeremy Corbyn # Oh, Jeremy Corbyn #
your singing is improving! Not much but it is improving! Let
me just say … cut it out! About
(Laughter) My fear though at the moment is
that, and it is a genuine fear, my fear is that as a result of the
behaviour, the language and the cynical
opportunism of some politicians on the right, I think we have
entered a period of profound insecurity and risk to our
democratic system. (Applause) I don’t say this lightly, we
have seen before in our history what kind of forces can be
unleashed by politicians who is have a complete disregard for
the truth in their ruthless pursuit
of power for power’s sake. Politicians who is attack the
very institutions and practices, no matter how flawed they are,
the institutions and the practices that uphold our
democracy, they attack Parliament, the courts, the rule
of law. I tell you the best antidote to
those who attack our democratic rules and institutions is more
democracy itself … that’s why …
(Applause) … that’s why we are right. We
are right in our aim to trust the people in having the final say
on Brexit, a deal or remain. We are right to go back and trust
the people. (Applause) Some of you will know I have
said that I campaign for Remain but let me make it clear, I
profoundly respect those who support a genuine alternative. I agree, I agree that we need to
root through that Jeremy is offering to ensure that we bring
our party and country together again. In our debates I want to
demonstrate the respect we show etch ear, how to bring our party together each other, to bring our party
together and how as a part of that
respect, we can bring the country back together again.
(Applause) I warn those who would revoke
Article 50 without a democratic mandate,
just ask yourselves what message it sends to our people?
(Applause) An old professor of mine, was
once asked to define social anymore a sentence, he said,
“Socialism is the achievement of equality through democracy.”
Kearns cannot say to people that Labour wants you to share in the
rung of your workplace, community and your environment
but we don’t trust you to have the final say over Brexit. I believe nothing does more to
undermine their faith in democracy in all of its forms.
We would run the risk of losing the confident we have built up
in people in using democracy, yes, to change the world. The blossoming of hope and
radical thought we have seen over the last three to four
years. The potential to turn that
radicalism and that hope into transforming
live, increasing fulfilment and happiness for the many. That is
what we’re about. Equality through democracy, the
definition of socialism. The transforming of lives means
as opposed before everything else, yes, having enough to get
by but not to scrape by, also to live a rich and a fulfilling life. And today, after nine years of
Tory austerity, millions know how hard it is to do that. Just
worry being getting to the end of the month. So transforming people’s lives
means ending the modern evil of inwork
poverty. Now Labour … (Applause) … Labour has traditionally
been committed to full employment. We have always
believed that getting a job should mean you are lifted out
of poverty. You lift yourself out of poverty. But under the
Tories, the link between work and escapeing poverty has
been broken. I commit today that within the
first term of office Labour will end
inwork poverty in this country. (Applause)
End it. End it. That means completely
transforming the way our economy works. We will restore full trade union
rights back in this country once again. Once again.
(Applause) We will fulfil the promise of our
leader, of those workplace rights will apply for day one of
employment. (Applause) We will roll out collective
bargaining to enable workers to get their fair share of what
they produce and yes, we will bring in a real Living Wage
of at least £10 an hour, to end the
barbaric roll out of Universal Credit,
cap rents and build 1 million new homes that our people need.
(Applause) We want to build the 1 million
new affordable homes so that young people in particular are not storing
thousands of pounds from wages to rip off
landlords exploiting them as a cause of the current housing shortage, caused
by the Tories. And work is not just about wages
it is about freedom from drudgery, having dignity,
respect, a voice in the workplace. What does that mean?
It mean as strong trade union movement with collective
bargaining but in the new public services we are creating it is
management by workers and service users themselves, rather than a
row moat bureaucrat in Whitehall. Self-management by
workers. (Applause) It also means yes, a tenth of
shares being owned by those workers themselves.
(Applause) It means, it means our
commitment to doubling the size of our co-operative sector and going further, I
hope, in our ambitions. But you know, our commitment to
every worker, therefore, is that where ever you work you will
have a stake and you will have a say in the future of
your working environment, the company and the firm that you
work for and yes, how you are treated at work. Do you know,
it is not just about, it is not just about a fulfilling life at
work. I have always believed we should work to live, not live to
work. (Applause) Look at the history of this, in
the 1860s people worked a 65 hour
week. Thanks to past Labour
governments and mainly thanks to the trade union movement, by the 1970s the
average working week was reduced to 43
hours. As society got richer we could spend fewer hours at
work. But in recent decades progress
has stalled. People in our country work some
of the longest hours in Europe. Since the 198 the link between
increasing productivity and expanded free time has been
broken. It is time to put that right. So I can tell you today that the
next Labour Government will reduce the average full-time
working week to 32 hours within the next decade.
(Applause) It will be a shorter working week with no
loss of pay! (Applause) As a first step, and this has
been a real bugbear for some of us, as
a first step we will end the opt out
from the European Working Time Directive. We will roll out sect oral
collective bargaining and includes
negotiations of working hours and require working hours
included in legally binding agreements between employers and
trade unions. To allow the unions and the employers to decide how best to reduce
hours for their particular sector and set up a working time commission with the
power to recommended to Government on increasing statute
leaving entitlements as quickly as possible without increasing
unemployment. But while millions are exhausted fromover
work, there are too many others who can’t get the working hours
that they need, so let’s make it clear, absolutely clear, we will
also ban zero hour contracts to ensure that every employ ee …
(Applause) … we will make sure every employee has a guaranteed
number of hours a week. And I told this story at the
TUC, I think lank year, my dad was on the Liverpool dock, his
generation were those dockers who used to stand
at the side of the street and then get picked by a ganger to
see if they got work that day or not. If they were not picked
they did not get work. Zero hour contracts are the same
level of exploitation as my father and grandfather experienced in the
1930s! (Applause) When people worked those hours,
our real Living Wage will ensure that people earn enough to live
on. It is not just enough to give
people power over their working lives. We believe in extending
democracy across the board. We know one of the most urgent
tasks that we face when we go into Government is to rebuild
local democracy. Rebuild the local council services decimated
by the conservatives and yes, the Lib Dems as well when they
were nonbinary in government. in government. My generation inherited a
treasure of public parks, libraries,
swimming pools and leisure centre, free or affordable for
all. But in too many cases they are gone. Privatiseed, or they
have priced out the families that they were built for.Le the
public assets meant a better life for millions of us, they were a
part of welfare state that our movement, our Labour governments fought for
and built providing free at the point of use the things that
made life worth living. (Applause) I believe we should not limit
our ambition to simply repairing the damage causeed by nine years of Tory
cuts. We have to go further. We have to go further. So, today I am launching a
document on universal basic services. It lays out our belief, it lays
out our belief that everyone has a right to a good life. That the State has a
responsibility to make good on that right by providing public
services free at the point of use. These service are part of
our shared experiences. Experiences that are too
important to be left to the market, whether a family can afford them or not, or if
they receive them or not. As socialists let’s be clear, let’s
make it absolutely clear to everyone, we believe that people
have the right to education, health, a home and a decent
environment, and yes, access to culture and leisure. (Applause) I fervently believe the right to
dignity in retirement is part of that
right to health. (Applause) Older people have the right to
that dignity at every stage of their lives. You know as well
as I do, the truth is that our social care system at the moment
is a national scandal. There has been nearly £8 billion
taken from council budgets from social
care since 2010. Result … is 1 million people not getting the
care that they need. Immense scale of human suffering
and stress placed upon them and their families. More than 5 million unpaid
carers, most of them women, looking after loved ones. and overworked, underpaid
careworkers only allowed 10 minute visits to those that they
care for as the current system will not pay for more. A report last week demonstrated
how at the same time the many big care providers developed highly
complex corporate structure, involving
tax haven, sucking more money from the system. I can announce
after years of campaigning by trade unions and carers, as the
first building block in the new National Care Service, the in
connection Labour Government will introduce personal care
free at the point of use in England. It will be funded …
(Applause) … it will be funded not through Conservative gimmick insurance
schemes but like the NHS and other example, funded through a
fair taxation system where everybody pays their way. We are publishing the first
steps of our National Care Service
vision today, investing in the workforce. Ensuring, ensuring that those
careworkers are employed, that they are employed on local
authority rates of pay working conditions and training to the high-quality care as Unison and
the MB advocated for so long. (Applause) Over time, over time, we will
bring the services back into public ownership and democratic
control. We will ensure that local
councils have the necessary resources
after years of savage cuts, building up the
capacity in local Government for care homes and domiciliary care, back under
public, democratic control. (Applause) And we will, as a start, we will
require all providers, public, private or charitable to adhere
to strict criteria on ethical standards. I believe, and I believe we
share this belief. There is nothing more important than
dignity in retirement for those who built our country and have
given younger generations the world that we live in today. It
is a debt of honour. (Applause) I want to say a personal thank
you to the hard work and leadership
that Barbara Keeley has shown in
driving forward this policy over the years to achieve this break
through today, Barbara Keeley …
(Applause) Of course, as you know in
Scotland, the Government has introduced free personal care. So when we spend the billions
needed to guarantee free personal care in England, there will be billions
more for First Minister Richard Leonard when he takes office in
2021. (Applause) A Labour Government making
millions of lives better across the UK, thanks to our
transformative policies in Westminster. But also through the new
resources for the Scottish and the Welsh governments as we roll
out our transformative policies. But do you know of all of the
universal rights that we hold dear, I suppose nothing is more
important than the right to survival, and the survival of
our planet. I believe when historians write
about 2019, the most important
political event so far has not been the
replacement of one useless Tory Prime Minister with another one
… (Laughter)
… it is a consistent pattern. It’s been the emergence of
climate change as the most important political question of
the day. (Applause) Nobody has done more in
Parliament than my colleague Sue Hayman and
Rebecca Long Bayley to pave the way to
Parliament declaring a climate emergency this year. And outside of Parliament, I
want to pay tribute, just the exhill
ration of it, to pay tribute to the
school strikers and Extinction
Rebellion. I’ve been so proud to march and
demonstrate alongside of them despite the climb act tick
conditions they always seem to choose a day when it is raining!
They have shamed older generations of politicians into
taking climate change seriously and with the urgence
why I urgency it needs, now it is
essential for the Labour constituencies to
join in and to hell lead the fight. For my part I will
ensure we put in whatever resources are necessary to meet
our climate change obligations. Whatever is necessary.
(Applause) As you know, we are setting up a
sustainable investment board co-ordinating the Treasury, the
Business Department, and the Bank of
England, £250 billion of green Government investment in our
national transformation fund. £250 billion more of lending
through the national investment bank delivered at grass roots by regional
development banks and the new Oust Bank.And
while, and let me make this clear as well, while the Labour
Government will need to take the lead, yes, with
state investment, we will make
whatever forms unnecessary to ensure the finance sector is not
pushing the other way by investing in carbon intensive
sectors in the future. That means …
(Applause) … that means billions more
raised through green bonds and support for a
European Green New Deal programme so that
we can bring forwards significantly
that 2050 date. We are mobilising financial resources on a scale not seen since the
post-war reconstruction, to achieve the twin goals of a sustainable future
and a better today. In July at our inaugural
International Social Forum, I reiterated the support for
socialist internationalism. We recognise that the first
industrial revolution meant Britain was the first major
contributor to climate change, something that left a lasting
legacy for the global south. To begin making a reparations
for our colonial past, I pledge we will
provide the citizens of the global south free or cheap
access to the green technologies that we develop as part of our
green industrial revolution. (Applause) It is only just. And we will work, we will work
with other countries and social movements across the globe to
reform the major international bodies, to enable them to co-ordinate the global response
to climate change. There is an old trade union
saying: The cause of Labour is the hope
of the world. Here in Britain it’s the Labour Party that is carrying that hope into
this century. (Applause) The hope of a world where the
rich riches of the planet are shared the hope of the world
with the chance for everyone to realise their full potential.
We know we will not build that world overnight. Let nobody
tell you it will be easy or we will not face enormous
resistance, I tell you this, I believe that our time is coming.
Time to start work on the historic mission to lay the foundations
of a new world. And do you know some time in the future when
they ask you, “Where were you when our people were left to
seep sleep on the streets? When families queued at food banks to
survive? When the Tories sold the country to Trump? When
climate change threatened our planet and very existence?” I
want you to be able to say, “I built the homes and the public
services or people needed. I made sure everyone was fed and
cared for, with nobody forced to
endure poverty. To I saved the planet by
tackling climate change. I helped lay the foundations of
that new society. Foundations deeply rooted that no Tory in the future can ever break
them up. ” And when they ask you, “How did you do that? ” You can tell them, “I support
the Labour. I joined Labour. I voted for Jeremy Corbyn. I elected a Labour Government. That’s how, solidarity.”
(Applause)>>: Thank you, John. That was
pretty good! Thank you, Conference. I am sure that I
speak for everyone when we say we cannot wait to
get you into number number 11 you into Number 11. We have an
NEC statement on Brexit and to move the statement on behalf of
the NEC I call Yasmin Dahr.>>: Good afternoon, Conference! My comrades, my brothers and
sister, socialist, welcome. My name is Yasmin Dahr an elect
the CLP representative on the
NationalEct executive Committee. I want to move Jeremy’s
statement on Brexit as endorsed by the NEC. (Applause) Before I begin, I want to be
clear, this Conference is about you,
delegates, passing this motion will not
block any further debate this afternoon on Brexit, or any
further votes. OK. (Applause) Comrades, it does not knock
anything out. It doesn’t mean any other
motions will fall. The statement sets out Jeremy’s
position, committing the next Labour Government to give the
British public the final say on any Brexit
outcome with a public vote. Which will include the option to
remain. Labour is the only major UK
party willing to give our people the final say. The Conservatives want a no deal
Brexit with no mandate, delivering us into the tiny hands of Donald Trump.
(Laughter) While their accomplices in
austerity, the Lib Dems want to override democracy in a
parliamentary stitch-up. But we are democratic socialist, we
believe in putting the decision back to the people in a
referendum. (Applause) That is something that we can
all get behind. To give members the maximum say
on how Labour will campaign in any future referendum, we will hold a one
one-day special conference to decide. (Applause) So, Conference, comrades, let us
be uniteed. (Applause) Brexit is dividing our nation
but let’s not let it divide our party.
(Applause) We will go into the in
connection the next General Election as one
united movement, committed to a public vote, how we get a radical Labour
Government and put Jeremy Corbyn in number number 10 number 10. Please, comrades, support Jeremy
on the issue, let’s move forwards together. Thank you. (Applause)>>: Thank you, Yasmin that is
the opening part of the international session. We will
continue the debate and take the vote in the afternoon session
alongside the other motions in the international debate. So now we come to our favourite
part of the session, the voting. We start with, are you not
staying for the voting, John?
>>: I will leave you to it.>>: We start with the references
back. They are on page 43 of your blue
conference arrangement committee report, we start with yesterday’s on
justice and home affairs, the first from Brighton Pavilion CLP, can I see all of
those in favour of the reference back?
Thank you. All of those against? That is carried. The second one is from Brighton
Pavilion CLP. All of those in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. The third one from Brighton
Pavilion CLP, can I see all of those in
favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. The in connection one from
Brighton Pavilion CLP, we are at the
bottom of paining 44 now. of page 444. We all of those
in favour? All of those against? That is carried. The next from Brighton pavilion
CLP. All in favour? All against? That’s carried. The next one from Brighton
Pavilion C LP. All in favour? All against? That’s carried. The next one from Beverly
Holderness, CLP, can I see all of those in
favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. We now move on to the references
back on works, pensions and equality, page 46. Can I see all, the first one is
from Brighton Pavilion, CLP, can I
see all of those in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. The next one on page 47,
Brighton Pavilion CLP, all of those in
favour? All of those against? That’s carried. The next one from Brighton
Pavilion CLP, all of those in favour? All of those against?
That’s carried. The next one were Brighton
Pavilion CLP, the bottom of page 47. All in favour? All of those against? Thank you, that’s carried. The next one from Brighton
Pavilion CLP, all in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. the next is the reference back
from Liverpool Riverside moved from
the floor. Page 157, the first paragraph on
race and equality, can I see all of those in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. Now we move on to the references
back in under economy, business and trade. It was just one from Brighton
Pavilion, CLP. All of those in favour? All of those against?
Thank you, that’s carried. Thanks to Brighton pavilion for
their great engagement with this
process! (Laughter)
(cheering and applause) We are now taking the motions.
The first motion is the Women’s Conference motion on Universal
Credit. Can I see those in favour? All of those against?
That’s carried. (Applause)
Unanimously. the emerge motion on justice for rape victims, can I see all of
those in favour? All of those against? That’s carried.
(Applause) Composite 6, industrial
strategy. All of those in favour? All of those against?
That’s carried. Composite 7 on inof coursing,
all in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. Composite 8, working hours, all
of those in favour? All of those against? That’s
carried. Composite 9 on employment
rights, all of those in favour? All of those against against?
That’s carried. Composite 10 on Royal Mail, all
in favour? All of those against? Turns out we are
united! Hooray! (Applause) We still have to take votes on
the NPF report, all of those in favour of the early years education and skills
policy commission report and NPF report. Thank you. All of
those against? That’s carried. And all of those in favour of
the health and social care policy commission annual report?
Thank you, all of those against? That’s carried. The justice and home affair
policy commission annual report, all in favour? All of those
against? That’s carried. The work, pension and equalities
policy commission annual report, all in favour? All of those
against? That’s carried. And finally, the economy,
business and trade policy commission annual
report, all of those in favour? And all of those against?
That’s carried. Conference, is now … thank you for a great session,
we are now adjourned to 2.15pm.

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