In the first of four videos featuring Unite leader Len McCluskey’s inspiring speech to a packed Labour gathering in Liverpool, McCluskey speaks of his pride in Labour’s and Liverpool’s history of standing against racists – and tells his audience that expecting accountability from their representatives is just democracy
On Friday night, Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden hosted a packed gathering of Labour activists at a venue situated neatly between the Everton and Liverpool football grounds. A spokesperson for Carden described the night:
The room was fully behind Jeremy Corbyn and his vision of a socialist Labour government in a fantastic display of solidarity between Labour members and Trade Unions.
There were lots of new members, too, in an audience inspired by speakers eager for a general election and a chance to campaign for a better future for this country
The event, which included great music as well as a range of speakers including Shami Chakrabarti, front-bencher Richard Burgon, economist Grace Blakeley and a guest video appearance by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was a vibrant example of the energy and vision that drives Labour and frightens the Establishment.
One of the highlights of the evening was an inspiring speech, full of humour, by local lad Len McCluskey – general secretary of the Unite union. McCluskey’s address set out Labour’s vision, purpose and priorities, touching on Brexit, democracy and the plight of the vulnerable under Tory government. It also featured hilarious put-downs of Tom Watson and the quitter group of MPs.
In the first of four videos, McCluskey evokes Liverpool as a representation of the left as a bulwark against racism – and defends local Labour members against the recent media onslaught against the city, underscoring their right to question their representatives:
Next: McCluskey’s witheringly humorous take-down of grandstanding deputy leader Tom Watson.
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