Jeremy Corbyn speech – Labour Party leader warns Theresa May he will try to use Brexit to get into Number 10

JEREMY Corbyn today vowed he’d be Prime Minister within a year – telling Theresa May he will try to use Brexit chaos to make it to Downing Street.

The Labour leader insisted his socialist vision for Britain is now “the new common sense” as he made his party conference speech.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool today
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He said: “We must take our message to every town, city and village. United and ready to win, ready to govern as we were in 1945, 1964 and 1997.

“So that when we meet this time next year let it be as a Labour government.”

The Labour leader warned well-off Brits will have to show “solidarity” by handing over huge new taxes on property if the party takes power.

He vowed to slap a levy on anyone who owns a second home, saying: “Think of it as a solidarity fund.”

Mr Corbyn told supporters his party is “ready to take charge and start the work of rebuilding our divided country” in his party conference speech.

But he also admitted the party had been damaged by the failure to drive out anti-Semitism from the ranks of the hard left – appealing to Jewish voters not to abandon Labour.

Laying out his hard-left future for Britain, Mr Corbyn:

The leader was greeted with chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” as he walked on stage to lay out his vision for a hard-left future.

Mr Corbyn lashed out at his political enemies from the conference platform
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Mr Corbyn addressed a crowd of leftie fans
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Mr Corbyn suggested he’d hike taxes on Brits to pay for an increase in the powers of the state.

He said: “You can’t keep people safe on the cheap.”

And he vowed to push for a new tax on second homes which would see anyone who owns a holiday property paying TWICE the council tax.

But despite his radical plans to expand the powers of the state, Mr Corbyn claimed Labour’s policies are only “common sense” which are now supported by a majority of voters.

He said: “Where the Tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern.

“We represent the new common sense of our time. And we are ready to deliver on it.

“We must speak for the people to whom Theresa May promised so much but has delivered so little.”

And he added that Labour is “the new political mainstream” – inviting even Tory politicians to switch sides.

He opened his speech with an attack on the free press and vowed to bring in new curbs on the media.

The Labour boss also bizarrely claimed that getting a Brexit deal in Brussels would be a “piece of cake”.

Vowing to vote against Theresa May’s deal when it comes to the Commons, he said that his Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer would have more luck in Brussels.

Mr Corbyn making his speech today
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Fans of Mr Corbyn waved scarves with his name on
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Mr Corbyn said: “Keir, having got agreement yesterday in this conference hall, getting one in Brussels should be a piece of cake. ”
And he again repeated calls for a general election so Labour can try and storm No10 and take power.

Mr Corbyn had a crack at the ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who has been accused of buttering up tycoons to get cash for the Tories.

He sneered: “I don’t have to play tennis with an oligarch to keep our party organisation running.

“Our money comes from hundreds of thousands of people across our country who believe in what we stand for.”

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Other Shadow Cabinet members cheering on Mr Corbyn’s speech
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And later on he lashed out at him for his “dog-whistle jibes at Muslim women”.

The Labour boss admitted  that the anti-Semitism crisis over the summer “was tough” for him and apologised to Jewish people for tolerating bigotry in the party.

In an attempt to move on from the scandal that has engulfed his party for months he told delegates of his visit to a former Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, and claimed he would be an “ally” for the Jewish community.

He said: “The row over anti-Semitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the Jewish community and great dismay in the Labour Party. But I hope we can work together to draw a line under it.

“I say this to all in the Jewish community: This party, this movement, will always be implacable campaigners against anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms.

“We are your ally.

Cheering supporters during the party leader’s address
Jeremy Corbyn arriving to give his party conference speech

“And the next Labour government will guarantee whatever support necessary to ensure the security of Jewish community centres and places of worship, as we will for any other community experiencing hateful behaviour and physical attacks.

He claimed to want to fight to stamp out anti-Jew hate “with every breath I possess”.

But he didn’t give details of how he would scrub out the hate in his own party.

And he attempted to make political capital by accusing the Tories of hypocrisy for pointing out the scandal.

The veteran leftie got his biggest cheer from vowing to recognise Palestine as a state if he ever became PM.

Delegates gave him a standing ovation as he promised to secure land for the Palestinian people.

He was also applauded during a passage where he vowed to help end the civil war in Yemen.

After months of playing down the evidence that Putin carried out the Salisbury novichok poisoning today he said Russia were “clearly” responsible.

He said: “We are entering a new fast-changing and more dangerous world including the reckless attacks in Salisbury – which the evidence painstakingly assembled by the police now points clearly to the Russian state.”

Mr Corbyn used his speech to hit out at the “greed is good” attitude which he claims has dominated Britain.

He said: “Ten years ago this month, the whole edifice of greed-is-good, deregulated financial capitalism, lauded for a generation as the only way to run a modern economy, came crashing to earth, with devastating consequences.

”But instead of making essential changes to a broken economic system, the political and corporate establishment strained every sinew to bail out and prop up the system that led to the crash in the first place.

“People in this country know – they showed that in June last year – that the old way of running things isn’t working any more.

Mr Corbyn with his top team at the conference venue in Liverpool
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Corbyn supporters in the conference hall for his speech today
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“That’s why Labour is offering a radical plan to rebuild and transform Britain.”

And he promised a future Labour government would create 400,000 “green jobs” by carpeting the country in windfarms and solar panels.

Mr Corbyn’s speech in Liverpool comes after a conference dominated by bust-ups over Brexit and anti-Semitism.

The party unveiled a new policy fudge which could see Labour backing a second EU referendum without the option to cancel Brexit altogether.

Mr Corbyn’s wife Laura Alvarez watching his speech
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A pro-Corbyn T-shirt seen in Liverpool today
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But senior figures clashed in public over the issue – as Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told delegates that Remain should be on the ballot paper in any second referendum.

John McDonnell and Emily Thornberry both warned it would be anti-democratic to ignore the result of the 2016 vote.

And Corbynista activists brought embarrassment on the party by repeatedly trying to play down the seriousness of Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis.

Some hardcore lefties claimed the scandal has been whipped up by Mr Corbyn’s enemies in a bid to discredit his leadership.


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