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Live coverage of the Labour Party general election manifesto launch in Bradford, with leader Jeremy Corbyn, Tuesday 16 May.

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all so much for that


amazing welcome. But I have to say, it's something that both Jeremy and


the whole team have been getting across the country, and we are so


grateful for that. Thank you all very much. Good morning and welcome,


I would love to say to a sunny Yorkshire but good morning and


welcome to Yorkshire and to this fantastic space. My name is Sarah


Champion. I am proud to be a member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet.


Firstly, I want to thank everyone from Bradford University involved in


organising this event, and also, thank you to all of you for coming.


APPLAUSE APPLAUSE today, you will hear in


detail about Labour's programme for Government. A government for the


many, not the few shortly you will be hearing from the leader the


Labour Party and Britain's next Prime Minister.




But first, I think it is only right that we hear from two local


residents, who are going to share with us their personal stories,


about why they need a Labour Government elected on the 8th June.


So firstly, please give a warm welcome to Martin.


APPLAUSE My name is Martin Kilcullen. I was


born in Bradford Royal Infirmary in 1973. I am the father of five


children and the managing director of a planning business employing 40


people. My eldest son has asthma and has been admitted to hospital eight


times in the last three months. In the past, he has suffered from


respiratory arrest. Each time we visit hospital, we with mayhem. The


A departments are understaffed, ambulances are queueing up and


doctors don't have time to explain what is going on. Two of my younger


sons have been diagnosed at the severe end of the autistic spectrum.


Both are unable to speak. We use from an early age that he was


different, and asked for help. After much toing and froing, we were


referred to a paediatrician, who put him on an autism waiting lists. At


the time, that was three years long. We tried to make our case to the NHS


about the waiting list, but were met with the same apologies, there is no


money for this. In 2011, Freddie was born. By 2013, he was showing signs


of autism. Again, after a battle, we were added to another three-year


waiting list. Thanks to the intervention of the late Jo Cox,


Freddie received his diagnosis in 2013. During this time, I would work


until 7pm or 8pm and, arriving home, the first thing I would do is open a


bottle of red wine. To a lot of people, a bottle of red wine each


night is not a lot. But I knew this was not for me and sought help from


eye local doctor. There was no support for


this, I was not an alcoholic. One Sunday night in 2014, things finally


got to me and I took a walk on the hard shoulder of the 62. I don't


know how I managed to get there, but the intended outcome was to end my


own life. Fortunately, I didn't. With intervention, I gave up


drinking. I spoke at great length with my wife and we realised we were


both suffering from severe depression. We set up a support


group for parents of autistic children in October 20 14. This has


now become a charity called The Whole Autism Family and last week


received an award from the Duke of York. It was set up because we


didn't want parents to go through the same issues we had with no


support available. We are now in the process of moving our children back


to a special needs school. The local school they attend say they cannot


meet their needs. We had a meeting with a special school last week and


have been told they can not go there because the school is full. The team


in charge at the council have informed us that the other special


schools are all over numbers. We are currently paying towards one-to-one


care to make sure that our children are kept safe at school. In every


meeting with the special needs team, they tell me they don't have the


finances to do anything different. On Sundays, both boys attend a


respite centre, and there was recently consultation to close it


down in an attempt to save ?500,000 per year. The service is safe for


now only because there is nothing to replace it. I spoke on Sunday to the


manager. She is running on zero budget and being asked to make


further savings. We met with other parents at the support group. Most


had to give up work, due to their child's needs. I regularly see grown


men and women cry. Dealing with a disability and special needs is hard


enough and does not need to be made harder by the reduction of vital


services. Something has to change. A Labour government will fully fund


the NHS, giving it the money it needs. They will provide emergency


funding to address the social care crisis, as well as develop a fully


funded social care model over the longer run. It will stop cuts to


school budgets and introduce new schools funding formulas that are


truly fair to develop a world-class education for every child. Labour


will develop a better, fairer Britain. This is why I am voting


Labour what this election. I would like now to welcome Mohamed to the


stage. Comrades, sisters, brothers,


colleagues. Good morning, peace be with you all. My name is Muhammad, I


am a bus driver, I am from Oldham and a former Labour Party


councillor. I am also a proud dad, but also a worried dad. Worried


about the future. My kids, three of whom have graduated from university,


two who are currently in University, what are they going to come out with


after university? There are very few jobs they can go into. But they will


have a massive debt on their shoulders. Is that the kind of


future I envisage for them? Actually, no. I wanted my kids to do


better than me. As a bus driver, I have no debt. Yet my kids, who are


better educated and should have better opportunities have got


massive debts. That is not the kind of future I need for my kids or for


anybody else's kids. The Tories have been holding us back and putting a


cap on our kids. How will they afford homes of their own? How will


they manage their debt? How can they live a richer life? That is why I am


proud to be a Labour Party activist, somebody who wants to bring about


peace and prosperity, not just for my kids and my neighbourhood, but


for the whole world. That is why the Labour Party, and the Jeremy Corbyn,


is now proposing a future where there is hope for everybody. No


community will be left behind. This is a party that stands for the many,


and not a few. You will hear more details and a


short while. But I can tell you, for me as a worker and my colleagues in


the bus industry, the proposals that have already leaked out have been


really enthusiastically accepted. ?10 an hour. How many people is that


going to lift out of poverty? That is going to do a huge favour for


communities I live in. ?10 an hour. Add to that, and extra four days


bank holiday. Bank holidays for those people that want time off to


spend their families are needed and we will be able to enjoy that. There


are a whole host of other proposals that I am sure, and I don't want to


take the thunder from people that will introduce them to you, but I


think housing, work, security at work, dignity and a peaceful world


is something that we all aspire to. That is why I am out, up and down


the country, trying to help my colleagues from the Labour Party to


get elected so that we can have, on June the 8th, a Labour Party


government that serves the many and not the few.


Colleagues, my message today is quite clear. It is short and sweet.


We have very little time. The media is not going to do our job. We need


to be on the doorstep. We need to be talking to people. Our communities,


our colleagues, we need to be telling them how bad the next Tory


government will be if they get in. On the other hand, with this Labour


Party, the colleagues here, who will form the next government, I am sure


they will be able to deliver not just for our communities, not just


for me and my kids, but everybody in this room and everybody in this


country. That is the kind of future I am looking forward to. That is the


kind of future I ask everybody to work towards. We have very little


time, we have to get out there and do our work. Colleagues, we know


this manifesto is going to deliver for us. Please, take the time out


there and do whatever you can. We need a government that will be on


our side. I need a Labour government that will get my kids out of the


debt, out of the poverty, out of the situation. I worry for their future.


I know many more people, up and down the country, worry for the future as


well. Let's end the worrying. Let's start looking forward to a brighter


future. Let's look forward to a Labour government, on June nine, but


we have to do work for that. Colleagues, my message is clear. Let


us go for peace and prosperity, and not what the Tories offer, war and


austerity. Let's get out there and do our work. Thank you for giving me


this opportunity and listening to me. Now I would like to invite


Christine to say a few words. Hello, my name is Christine and I


live not far from Bradford. I am a busy working mum of two girls. Like


all parents, I work hard to make sure they have everything they need.


As a single parent and carer for my girl's grandmother, sometimes I have


additional challenges. Work needs to fit around looking after the girls


and their grandmother, so I used to work all kinds of shift patterns at


a bookies. Now they are older, I have started working nights at a


hotel. Even though I work hard, after paying for food, rent and


bills, there is not much left. Sometimes there is not even enough,


full stop. I know I'm not the only person who has to deal with these


challenges and look after their family, and I don't think I am the


only one that feels it should not be this hard. The Tories are taking the


country backwards. But I want better opportunities for me and my family.


I want my girls to have more opportunities and not fewer. I want


a party in government that stands up for people. I want a government that


works for the many, not the few. This general election is a clear


choice between the Labour Party, who will stand up for working people,


and the Tory party, who are failing us. I will be voting Labour on June


the 8th for the good of my family and I hope you will too. I would


like to introduce the leader of the Labour Party and our next Prime


Minister, Jeremy Corbyn. Can I say first of all, thank you so


much for everyone coming here today, thank you to Bradford University for


giving us this space this morning, and the lovely conversation with


Professor Brian Cantor, the vice Chancellor of the University. I


think this university is a great place, going great places. Thank you


very much for giving us the space this morning.


Thank you to everyone in Bradford, and all across Yorkshire,


campaigning over the last few days. What a fantastic welcome we have


had, what fantastic support we have received. So many people tell me so


much about the hopes they have in our manifesto, in our plans, in all


of us. We intend to deliver on those hopes and on those plans.


Thank you to Brian, Mohammed and Christine for what they have just


said, and the bravery with which you spoke about your own problems and


Demons. I am determined that we will deal with, address and confront the


issues of the mental health crisis facing this country, so people don't


face it and suffer alone. Thank you for what you said this morning.


I also wanted to say a big thank you to all of those that contributed to


our manifesto. Those in our teams at the Labour Party had office, in my


team, who put such amazing amounts of work in producing a very good


manifesto in a very short space of time. Well done to all of them. And


thank you to all of the different society groups, civil society


organisations, so many others, that sent in really good ideas to us,


which have helped to frame our thinking and ideas. And, of course,


the members and affiliated trade unions of the Labour Party. I also


wanted to say thank you to the party's National executive for the


huge work they put in on this, and a very deep appreciation to all of my


colleagues who are here today, in our Shadow Cabinet. They have put in


an enormous amount of work into upholding their briefs, into getting


a message across, into contributing to our manifesto. If you look at our


Shadow Cabinet, you see experience, diversity, you see a drainage, you


see people whose life experience -- and age range, you see people whose


life experience is rooted in real life experience, he will never


forget that when they are holding great offices of state, to deliver


for the people that put them there. Thank you to all of my colleagues in


the Shadow Cabinet. And, of course, it is a pleasure to


be here in Bradford to launch this manifesto, for the many, notes the


few. Because Bradford University had a Chancellor for a long time, and a


great Chancellor he was, he was Harold Wilson, a former Labour Prime


Minister. Who while not born in Bradford saw


the strength and the values of this fantastic city, and Harold, as Prime


Minister, did so much to expand university education, and make it


accessible for all, and, his greatest legacy I believe, is the


Open University, and the access that gives to everybody, to go into


higher education, if that is what they wish to do at any stage in


their lives. So I think today we are setting out a manifesto to transform


the 21st century in the same way that Harold Wilson in the 196 0s


sought to transform the 20th century and it is a pleasure to be here


today. This manifesto is a draft for a


better future, for our country. It's a blueprint of what Britain could


be, and a pledge of the difference a Labour Government can, and will


make. Like thousands of other Labour Party members, I have been making


the case to people across the country, over the last few weeks.


This is a manifesto for all generations. We are providing hope,


and genuine opportunity for everybody. I say to our children,


what ever the postcode you are born in, we will make sure you have the




And I have to say, as the days turn into weeks as this campaign's


continued, opinion is changing, and it is moving towards Labour.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And actually there is no secret as


to the reason for that, because people want a country run for the


benefit of the many, not the few. That is because, for the last seven


years, our people have lived through the opposite. A Britain for the


rich, and the elite, and the vested interests, they have benefitted from


tax cuts, bumper salaries, and millions of struggled at the same


time. Whatever your age or situation, people are under


pressure, struggling to make ends meet. Our manifesto is for you.


Parents worrying about the prospects of their children, and anxious about


the growing needs of their elderly parents. Young people, struggling to


find a secure job, and despairing of ever getting a home of their own.


Children growing up in poverty. Students, leaving college, burdened


with debt. Workers, who have gone years without a real pay rise, and


stretching family budgets just to survive. Labour's mission over the


next five years is to change all of that. Our manifesto sets out how.


With a programme that is radical, and responsible. A programme that


will reverse our national priorities and put the interests of the many


first. We will change our country, while managing within our means.


And will lead us through Brexit while putting the preservation of


jobs first. Let me highlight just a few of our key pledges. And believe


it or not, you may have read them already. If you are a reader of


newspapers. We are ruling out rises in VAT and National Insurance. And


on income tax, for all be 5% of the highest earners. Labour will boost


the wages of 5.7 million people earning less than the living wage to


?10 an hour by 2020. APPLAUSE


Labour will end the cuts in the National Health Service and deliver


safe staffing levels, and reduce waiting lists.


Labour will scrap tuition fees, lifting the debt...


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And that will lift the debt cloud


from hundreds of thousands of young people. Labour be move towards


universal childcare, expanding free provision, for two, three and


four-year-olds in the next Parliament. Labour is guaranteeing


the triple lock to protect pensioners incomes.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And we will build over one million


new home, at least half of them for social rent.


APPLAUSE Labour makes no apology for offering


no protections to people at work, including ending the scandal of zero


hours contracts. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


And we make no apology for finding the resources, to hire 10,000 new


police officers is and 3,000 new firefighters.


APPLAUSE And we will do the smaller things


that can make a real difference, like ending hospital car parking


charges, or introducing four extra... Four extra public holidays


every year. APPLAUSE


But we in the Labour Party recognise that dealing with and solving these


problems requires a thriving economy. One that gets our economy


working again. And rises to the challenges of Brexit on jobs, and


investment, for seven years, the Conservatives have been holding


Britain back. Low investment, low wages, low growth. Labour will move


Britain forward with ambitious plans to unlock this country's potential.


We will set up a national investment bank and Regional Development banks


to finance growth and good jobs for all par parts of the United Kingdom.


APPLAUSE APPLAUSE Through the funding of


major capital projects. Labour will also invest in our young people,


through a national education service, focussed on childcare,


schools and skills, giving them the capacity to make a productive


contribution to tomorrow's economy. APPLAUSE


And Labour will take our railways back in to public ownership and put


passengers first. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


We will take back control of our country's water, by bringing them


into regional public ownership. And we take a public stake in the


energy sector, to keep fuel prices down, and ensure a balanced and


APPLAUSE APPLAUSE The Tories now want to


scare us, into accepting more of the same. Only Labour has a plan


ambitious enough to unleash this country's potential. And only Labour


has the plan to make Brexit work for ordinary people. We are clear, there


is no now a choice, Labour Brexit that puts jobs first or a Tory


Brexit that will be geared towards the interests of the City of London,


and risk making Britain a low wage tax haven.


APPLAUSE As believe the EU, because that is


what the people have voted for, only Labour will negotiate a deal, that


preserves jobs, access the single market and preserves rights and


access not plunge our country into a race to the bottom.


APPLAUSE All this is costed as the documents


accompanying the manifesto make very very clear. Our revenue raising


plans ensure we can embark on this ambitious programme, without


jeopardising our national a finances. We are asking the better


off and the big corporations, to pay a little bit more. And of course, to


stop dodging their tax obligationses in the first place.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And in the longer term, we look to a


faster rate of growth, driven by increased private and public


investment, to keep our accounts in shape. This is a programme of hope.


APPLAUSE built on one word. Fear.


APPLAUSE What would another five years of


Conservative Government mean for Britain? Just... Just look back at


the last seven. More children living in poverty. Fewer young people able


to buy their first home. More people queueing at food banks. Fewer police


on the beet. Fewer firefighters too. More people are in work but they are


not getting the pay, or o hours to make ends meet. More young people in


debt. Will the Tories change their spots? Don't bank on it.


Their record says they won't. The Prime Minister will disagree, of


course, so I say to her today, in the most polite and friendly way


possible, come out of hiding, and let's have a debate.




Let's have a polite respectful debate on television, so millions of


people can make up their own minds about which party offers bet hoper


for Britain. -- better hope.


APPLAUSE Let's debate, let's debate our two


manifestos. Have the discussion. I am confident that once the people of


this country get the chance to study the issue, look at the promises,


they will decide that Britain has indeed been held back by the


Conservative Government. They have prevailed over the many, for far too


long. And, that they will decide it's now time for Labour.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Our country will only work for the


many, not the few, if opportunity is in the hands of the many. So our


manifesto is a plan for everyone. Have a fair chance to get on in


life, and our country will only succeed when everyone succeeds. This


message is for everyone in this country, the gay young, middle-aged


or older. -- be they young, middle-aged or older. As I said at


the start of my speech, we are determined that a child's future is


not decided by the Place of birth, a child's future is not decided by the


underfunding of their primary School. That a child's future is not


decided by the poverty of their community. A government that invests


for all. A government with a vision to ensure that the brilliance and


imagination of every child can be fulfilled during their lifetime. Our


proposal is a government for the many, not the few. Our proposal or


hope for the many across the country. I am proud to present our


APPLAUSE Thank you very much!


Thank you, everyone. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. We now have


an opportunity for questions. Jeremy Lomas answering questions! -- Jeremy


Lomas answering questions. I will take them in groups of three. Bear


with me, because there are a of people in the room. I thought the


lady the pink, the gentleman, Ben Rohrer.


It is wonderful to hear, I have been waiting 30 years to hear something


like this, that I could believe in and fight for. The question is, we


have a huge issue in our area, which is fracking. We are delighted to see


it in the manifesto and we would love to hear you say it as well.


Gentleman behind you, with the tide? Channel five news. I know you do not


want to set a target for immigration, sorry... That is more


like it. I know you don't want to set a target number for immigration,


but can you simply say if you think it would be good for the country if


the immigration level was reduced, if immigration came down?


Lets have respect for everyone that once to ask a question, including


members of the media. By the way, I am a member of the NUJ.


Laura Kuenssberg. To be crystal clear for viewers, for good or for


ill, you think it is time to pay for your ideas, to tax more, to spend


more, and to borrow more? Thank you very much, the manifesto


is absolutely clear, we believe that fracking is very damaging to the


environment, and therefore we have made the statement on that. I am


sure you understand and accept them. I thank Barry for the work he has


done. He is nodding in agreement, it must be done.


On the issue of immigration, there is immigration from all parts of the


world. Those that have migrated to this country have made an immense,


enormous and fantastical division to our society. -- fantastic


contribution to our society. Those nurses that came from Jamaica, the


doctors that came from India, the specialists that come from Germany,


those that work in all aspects of our National Health Service,


education service, industry, transport and so much else have


helped to give us the living standards that we all have. I think


we should recognise that our country owes them a great deal of debt and


thanks for what they have done. We have also made it clear that


people should not be brought into this country to work in poor


conditions on low wages, deliberately to undercut the people


that are already here in work on agreed conditions. And that the free


movement that currently exists within the European Union, obviously


at the time that leaves the European Union, that free movement does not


continue. We will negotiate a trade agreement with the European Union


that will insure tariff free access to the European Union and future


migration will be based on a fair migration policy, fairness towards


our economy and the needs of our people, and an end to the


undercutting and exploitation that goes with it. I believe that a Home


Office led by Diane Abbott would be fair, decent and reasonable in the


way that it runs it. Bear in mind, if there had not been people coming


here to work in our NHS, all of us would be in far worse health than we


are at the present time. Let's remember that.


Laura, thank you very much for your question, thanks for the way you put


it. What we are proposing here is rebalancing of the economy, a


rebalancing so that there is proper levels of investment in


infrastructure, fairly across the whole of the UK, not totally in


London and the south-east, but in every region of the country. I think


that is extremely important. And a national investment bank that will


ensure that fairness is taken all the way through it. We will also be,


yes, increasing wages through the Living Wage. That will actually lead


to economic growth and higher spending in the economy. It will


also be a slight reduction in work benefits, because of higher wages.


It will also help to rebalance our society. From a government that has


borrowed more than every Labour government in history over the past


seven years, we really don't need lectures, we really don't need


lectures from the Tories on this. We are there to invest for the future


and invest for the good of all, and ensure there is fairness across


communities and across the regions of Britain. You know what, every


other country in the world says, why does Britain invests so little and


pay itself so little, while it allows such grotesque levels of


inequality to get worse? Let's turn it around and do it the other way.


I have a lady on the back row, the gentleman with the most splendid


moustache I have ever seen... What is wrong with mine!? Second most...


Are there any provisions to fix the failing academies that we already


have? My son is 18 and came out with no GCSEs because the schools fail


him. Peter Lazenby, Morning Star. Can


anything be done about the shockingly biased media?


One problem that people face is economic isolation. We see the High


Street banks that are closing down. Do you think it would be a good idea


if there were a network of banks on the High Street, maybe utilising


post offices to provide banks for the people? Scarlets, thank you for


your question. We don't want to close schools, we want to see there


is proper investment in schools right across the country. Under


Labour, headteachers will not be asked to take collections at the


school gates in order to pay for teacher salaries and teaching


Assistant salaries. We will ensure there is decent and fair funding of


all schools across Britain, not what is happening now, which is funding


per pupil is being cut in the vast majority of schools, and the schools


are paying the price with super-sized classes, insufficient


teachers, and insufficiency of teaching assistants and staff in the


schools. We would ensure that schools are properly funded. Where


there are schools that are failing, I believe, and I am sure Angela


would agree, there has to be an effective and strong education


authority that can step in to make sure schools are properly funded.


We're not convinced of the idea that every school should be accountable


only to the Department for Education. We want a much stronger


local community and family of schools and education. We want to


bring free and academies within that mutually supportive environment. At


its best, if one school recognises it has a problem in achievement in


say English or maths, a school down the road might be doing well in


those areas. You learn from each other. If you create competition


between schools, you reduce the ability to learn from each other.


Children need to grow up knowing the whole community is working for them.


It takes a village to raise a child, not just the parents immediately


with them. Since you kindly took up the issue of education, Tom Watson


has been discussing on our wonderful campaign bus how exciting it is


going to be when we introduce the Pupil Arts Premium, so every child


gets an opportunity to learn an instrument in school.


Thank you for your question. You have noticed the media is slightly


biased against the Labour Party. This is sometimes said to be the


case. We are very serious about ensuring there is freedom of


information and a right to know in society. It was Labour that


introduced the Freedom of Information Act. We also recognise


in many societies around the world that very brave journalists lose


their lives or are assassinated because they have uncovered the


truth about a brutal regimes and abuses of human rights. Journalists


and journalism, and free journalism, free press, are intrinsic to a


democracy and free society. I fully understand that.


It is also important to ensure that there is responsible journalism,


that there is a multiplicity of ownership, that there is a right of


reply, and there isn't an abuse of monopoly power within it. So, we


would develop Leveson, and Tom Watson is very clear on this, we


will protect the diversity of our free press and we will ensure there


is diversity of all of our media outlets in this country. So that


everybody can take an informed opinion.


The point that Tony raised about economic isolation, John McDonnell


has put forward a very clear view that a high-street bank is something


that is quite important, part of our community. If you think about it,


there are too many small towns, even medium-sized towns, where the town


centre has been hollowed out, where various shops go, the banks go, you


get to a whole process of decline and ended with a town centre that is


payday loan shops, bookies and fast-food outlets, and very little


else. It is quite complicated, but, with intelligent planning and good


support, you can end up with a much more vibrant and effective town


centre all across the country. And so, John's proposal is that


banks shouldn't be allowed willy-nilly to close all their


branches and leave some towns with to bank whatsoever. There is also


the question of the promotion of other banks as well, credit credit


union I don't knows have grown a great deal. I am a member of one


myself because I think they are a great way of helping people


financially manage and helping them to get credit if they need it and


loans if they need it. I think those things are very important. There is


also the role of the Post Office in this, as an alternative source of


banking and it was a Labour Government of Harold Wilson that


introduced the Giro account system in those days and so we would be


looking in a, alongside the question of public ownership of Royal Mail of


the role that the Post Office will play in assisting people to get good


banking, that means you have to keep Post Offices on the high streets of


all our towns and cities in Britain. APPLAUSE


Thank you. The next three I am just going to go to journalists to prove


how unbiased they are, I have Robert, Jack, sorry I am gaing for


Jack instead. Robert is first. Hello. Couple of things. Most


forecasters say that the main reason why the living standards of those on


lower pay is set to fall over the next few years is because of the


freeze on benefits and I am struck that you haven't promised to end the


benefits freeze, why didn't you choose to do that in your programme?


And secondly, you have set out plans to spend about ?50 billion a year


more and tax companies and the rich by round ?50 billion a year more,


you have also got an ambitious programme of investment and an


extension of public ownership of energy, the Royal Mail and water,


how much do you intend to borrow additionally every year? Mr Corbyn,


so, you have described the manifesto as radical. The Institute for Fiscal


Studies has said this is the biggest involvement of a government in the


state since the '70s. At the last election two million more voters


felt that the Labour Party was too radical, why outside of this hall,


and the swing voters who will determine the election, why should


they trust you to set their water rates, gas bills and train fares? Mr


Corbyn, when the manifesto leaked last week, a lot of these policies


is were put to an opinion poll and they proved to be wildly popular,


the vast majority of people really really like, what they didn't like


was you as leader, why do you think that is? OK. Thanks for your


question Jack. All right, it's all right. It's not


the cult of personality, don't worry about it.


APPLAUSE Robert, thank you for your question.


Yes, increasing benefits is important, and clear we are not


going to freeze benefit, that is very clear, we are looking at the


perverse effects of the benefit cap on people and their housing


accommodation, particularly in London, and the centre of our big


city, you will be hearing more about that in the very near feature. --


future. Secly on borrowing and investment. I have made it very


clear that this Government has borrowed because it hasn't invested,


and it has borrowed more and more because it invested less and less


and we end up with a process of almost managed economic decline,


relative to what we could achieve as a result of that and so, we are


going to make it very very clear, that this Government will invest for


the future in all parts of the country. We have a grossly


imbalanced where it goes to London and the south-east. One of our key


commitments is a Crossrail for the north, from Manchester across to


Newcastle. Your questions are the mirror images


of each other, did you get together to decide who was going to ask


which? That is a joke, don't worry about it! When people talk about the


'70s, and our manifesto doing that, I simply say that the other major


party contesting this election, is really really forward looking, they


are going to bring back fox hunting, and grammar school, that sounds


APPLAUSE APPLAUSE And so, yes, I have made it


very clear and John McDonnell will set out this in great detail


tomorrow, every one of our commitments is costed and funded,


all of our borrowing commitments are there, out there in the open of what


we would do. And you say the manifesto was leaked last week, yes,


many people got an advance copy of it, well, they read it any way, and


the opinion polls that have tested the policies individually have found


them all to be very very popular indeed. I just say this. I am very


very proud to lead this party. I was elected by a very large number of


members and supporter, ordinary people, all over this country. In


trade union, Labour supporterers, Labour Party member, and I am very


proud we have a party that is diverse, inclusive, that is


pluralistic, and this manifesto, this manifesto is a product of that


process. I see leadership as not dictating but leadership is also


about listening. Listening to what people say, understanding the stress


the pressures and the tensions in their lives, and ensuring that our


party's policies, our Government's approach to things reflects the


reality of people's lives. I am very proud to represent an inner city


community in London, and I love the community and I listen very


carefully to what they all say, as I do on all the travelling round the


country. The function of leadership is to understand the stresses that


people face, in their daily lives, the frustrations, the thwarted


ambition, the anger that they face. And try to produce policies that


make that different. Being strong and standing up doesn't necessarily


mean shouting dictating and instructing, it is how you put your




So as you well know, I do not indulge in personal abuse, I think


it is appalling, the abuse that is thrown at individual colleagues in


the Shadow Cabinet, in a trade unions, the appalling abuse that is


thrown round on social media and the very dark places it drives people


into, when that abuse takes place. So I want to set an example. An


example that you don't indulge in that, you debate the issues that we


all face, and come to solutions that we can all collectively accept and


be enthusiastic and excited by. And you know what? This is something


that has brought more than 500,000 people into membership of our party


because they are excited about what we can do together, for the good of


everybody else. APPLAUSE


Ladies and gentlemen, on that note, thank you to all of you, thank you


to all of the colleagues that have made this amazing document of which


we are very proud to stand by and ladies and gentlemen, with your


support, your hard work and your dedication, over the next


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