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Jeremy Corbyn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE today, you will hear in

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

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

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Labour Party and Britain's next Prime Minister.

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

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

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

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

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So firstly, please give a warm welcome to Martin.

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APPLAUSE My name is Martin Kilcullen. I was

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

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children and the managing director of a planning business employing 40

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

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

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

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A departments are understaffed, ambulances are queueing up and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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eye local doctor. There was no support for

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

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

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

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

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

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both suffering from severe depression. We set up a support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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respite centre, and there was recently consultation to close it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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school budgets and introduce new schools funding formulas that are

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

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

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

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stage. Comrades, sisters, brothers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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better educated and should have better opportunities have got

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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government that serves the many and not the few.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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very much for giving us the space this morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minister. Who while not born in Bradford saw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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today. This manifesto is a draft for a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

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

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

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And actually there is no secret as

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

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

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

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

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

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time. Whatever your age or situation, people are under

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And will lead us through Brexit while putting the preservation of

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

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

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

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

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

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?10 an hour by 2020. APPLAUSE

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

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safe staffing levels, and reduce waiting lists.

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

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And that will lift the debt cloud

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

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

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

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the triple lock to protect pensioners incomes.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And we will build over one million

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

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APPLAUSE Labour makes no apology for offering

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

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hours contracts. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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

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police officers is and 3,000 new firefighters.

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APPLAUSE And we will do the smaller things

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

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

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every year. APPLAUSE

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

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problems requires a thriving economy. One that gets our economy

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

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investment, for seven years, the Conservatives have been holding

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE Through the funding of

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

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through a national education service, focussed on childcare,

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

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contribution to tomorrow's economy. APPLAUSE

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

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passengers first. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE The Tories now want to

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

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

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

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

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

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and risk making Britain a low wage tax haven.

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APPLAUSE As believe the EU, because that is

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

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preserves jobs, access the single market and preserves rights and

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

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APPLAUSE All this is costed as the documents

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accompanying the manifesto make very very clear. Our revenue raising

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plans ensure we can embark on this ambitious programme, without

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jeopardising our national a finances. We are asking the better

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

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stop dodging their tax obligationses in the first place.

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

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faster rate of growth, driven by increased private and public

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

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APPLAUSE built on one word. Fear.

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APPLAUSE What would another five years of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

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

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

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for Britain. -- better hope.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Our country will only work for the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE Thank you very much!

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

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

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

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

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lady the pink, the gentleman, Ben Rohrer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the immigration level was reduced, if immigration came down?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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enormous and fantastical division to our society. -- fantastic

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

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

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

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education service, industry, transport and so much else have

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

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

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

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

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conditions on low wages, deliberately to undercut the people

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

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movement that currently exists within the European Union, obviously

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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rebalancing so that there is proper levels of investment in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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borrowed more than every Labour government in history over the past

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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him. Peter Lazenby, Morning Star. Can

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anything be done about the shockingly biased media?

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

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

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

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

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

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is proper investment in schools right across the country. Under

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

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school gates in order to pay for teacher salaries and teaching

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

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

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

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are paying the price with super-sized classes, insufficient

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teachers, and insufficiency of teaching assistants and staff in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bring free and academies within that mutually supportive environment. At

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

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

:56:43.:56:44.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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gets an opportunity to learn an instrument in school.

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

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

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

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

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introduced the Freedom of Information Act. We also recognise

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in many societies around the world that very brave journalists lose

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their lives or are assassinated because they have uncovered the

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

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

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democracy and free society. I fully understand that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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everybody can take an informed opinion.

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The point that Tony raised about economic isolation, John McDonnell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:00:18.:00:21.

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

:00:22.:00:25.

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

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

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

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banking and it was a Labour Government of Harold Wilson that

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

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

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

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

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all our towns and cities in Britain. APPLAUSE

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

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

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

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

:01:35.:01:37.

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

:01:38.:01:41.

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

:01:42.:01:44.

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

:01:45.:01:52.

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

:01:53.:01:59.

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

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you have also got an ambitious programme of investment and an

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

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

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

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

:02:34.:02:37.

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

:02:38.:02:42.

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

:02:43.:02:46.

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

:02:47.:02:49.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE Robert, thank you for your question.

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

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

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perverse effects of the benefit cap on people and their housing

:03:49.:03:50.

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

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

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

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

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

:04:09.:04:12.

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

:04:13.:04:15.

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

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

:04:21.:04:24.

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

:04:25.:04:31.

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

:04:32.:04:36.

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

:04:37.:04:37.

Newcastle. Your questions are the mirror images

:04:38.:04:51.

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

:04:52.:04:56.

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

:04:57.:05:02.

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

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

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

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE And so, yes, I have made it

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

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

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

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

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

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the opinion polls that have tested the policies individually have found

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

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

:06:07.:06:12.

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

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

:06:18.:06:22.

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

:06:23.:06:26.

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

:06:27.:06:34.

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

:06:35.:06:40.

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

:06:41.:06:45.

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

:06:46.:06:51.

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

:06:52.:06:57.

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

:06:58.:07:02.

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

:07:03.:07:06.

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

:07:07.:07:14.

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

:07:15.:07:20.

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

:07:21.:07:25.

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

:07:26.:07:31.

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

:07:32.:07:35.

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

:07:36.:07:39.

case. APPLAUSE

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

:07:49.:07:56.

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

:07:57.:08:02.

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

:08:03.:08:05.

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

:08:06.:08:10.

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

:08:11.:08:16.

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

:08:17.:08:21.

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

:08:22.:08:27.

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

:08:28.:08:32.

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

:08:33.:08:36.

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

:08:37.:08:40.

everybody else. APPLAUSE

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

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

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

:09:09.:09:12.

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

:09:13.:09:16.

three-and-a-half weeks, please say thank you to your next Prime

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Minister. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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