Labour offers hope instead of the same old establishment demand for cuts, privatisation and austerity – Corbyn in Broxtowe
At a public rally in Broxtowe on Saturday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will set out how Labour offers hope to people up and down the country, “instead of the same old establishment formula of cuts, privatisation and austerity.”
The rally will take place in the Broxtowe constituency whose MP Anna Soubry resigned from the Conservative Party this week to join the ex-Labour quitters. Soubry has a majority of just 863 votes.
Corbyn will be joined at the rally by the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero and Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Broxtowe Greg Marshall.
Corbyn is expected to say:
Over the last few years, Labour’s membership has grown dramatically and set our party on a new course. I understand why that has been difficult for some.
As leader of the party it’s necessary of course to listen to the concerns of our MPs as well as our members and affiliates.
I’m disappointed that a small number of Labour MPs have decided to leave our party and join forces with disaffected Tories, who say they have no problem with austerity that has plunged thousands into desperate poverty and insecurity.
Our programme for change won huge support in the General Election because we offered hope, instead of the same old establishment demand for cuts, privatisation and austerity.
That’s why we now back public ownership of the utilities and railways, why we now oppose tuition fees and corporate giveaways, and why we’re no longer afraid to ask the rich to pay their fair share of tax.
Our movement, the labour movement, is the greatest force for progressive change our country has ever known.
We created the NHS and the welfare state, we brought in the Equal Pay Act and every piece of anti-racist legislation of the 20th century. We introduced the minimum wage and the world’s first Climate Change Act.
We, the Labour Party, are a movement of half a million people in every city and town in our country. We’re your neighbours, your colleagues, your friends, fighting the same battles alongside you because we’re part of your community, standing up for your interests: the interests of the many, not the few.
So today, I invite still more people to join our democratic movement. Together, we will end the injustices of the past and meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.
We will take on the powerful interests who are determined that nothing will change, so together, we can live peacefully, on a sustainable planet, with an economy that rewards the many, not just the few.
Corbyn’s statesmanship – and his status as a Prime Minister in waiting – are only made clearer by the cynical, disingenuous and self-serving behaviour of a clique of ‘old intake’ MPs who have quit Labour this week, to the immediate improvement and strengthening of the party.
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