01 October 2015 - Labour Party conference in Brighton
A Labour conference for activists – while Corbyn works out what to do
Michael White (The Guardian)
Burly Tom Watson, the union apparatchik unexpectedly tasked with keeping Labour’s feet on the ground as Jeremy Corbyn’s new deputy, rounded off this week’s Brighton conference at lunchtime on Wednesday in the rousing John “send ’em home cheerful” Prescott spot.
There was Prescottian Tory-bashing knockabout and some rousing passages. But it was a thoughtful and inclusive speech that embraced the imperatives of a digital economy, small businesses and hard-pressed dairy farmers, as well as women, minorities and even the traditional working class.
“Born poor, die poor. Born rich, die rich. That’s not fair,” Watson said, adding: “For the first time since the war, people in their 20s and 30s are now worse off than their parents’ generation. Unless things change, they always will be.” The activist audience loved it. Read on...
Michael Wilkinson (The Telegraph)
Jeremy Corbyn has put himself on collision course with his own Labour shadow cabinet over defence policy by declaring he would never launch a nuclear strike if he was prime minister.
The Labour leader, who said he could "obviously" imagine being in Number 10, stressed he has a mandate from party members for his opposition to renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent.
But his comments were described as unhelpful by shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle, who said they "undermined to some degree" the review she is carrying out of the party's defence policy.
Andrew Grice (The Independent)
I’ve covered every Labour annual conference for the past 35 years, but this week’s gathering in Brighton wins my award for the most fascinating one. Neil Kinnock’s 1985 attack on Militant was the most dramatic, while Tony Blair’s ditching of the party’s Clause IV commitment to public ownership made 1994 the most historic.
This week, the see-saw tipped suddenly. After 30 years in the wilderness, the left again tasted the power it enjoyed at my first conference – in 1981, when Tony Benn was the hero of the Labour grassroots, and Jeremy Corbyn one of his disciples.
The party was split then, and it is now. The ecstatic reception in the conference hall for Mr Corbyn’s speech on Tuesday was in stark contrast to the despair of Labour moderates, banished to fringe meetings in nearby hotels – until this year, the refuge of the marginalised left. It is a remarkable role reversal. After addressing 2,500 delegates from the conference platform, John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, denied that at the same time a year ago, he would have been speaking to 35 left-wing activists at a fringe event. “It was less than 35,” he quipped.
Paul Worthington (The Huffington Post)
Like most people I attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton not really knowing what to expect. Would the mood feel like a celebration or a wake? What policy positions would emerge? And what would Jeremy Corbyn focus on in his first speech?
In particular, though, I went to Brighton in search of Labour's response to the Northern Powerhouse, the economic devolution agenda being driven by Chancellor George Osborne.
Given that Labour has allowed the Conservative Party to steal the march in the devolution agenda with the Northern Powerhouse, I was reassured even before stepping off the train in Brighton that the event schedule had a selection of events on the issue. Even better, the debate at conference provided a lot of clarity on the party's thinking.
New Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Jon Trickett, confirmed Labour intends to adopt a three-pronged approach to the Northern Powerhouse
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