Jeremy Corbyn Election 2017

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Good afternoon! CHEERING Welcome, our next MP, Thelma.


Thelma, teacher, experienced campaigner, standing up for


education and housing. She is the kind of person you want as your MP,


she is the kind of person that will represent you in Parliament and make


sure that the sustainability and plans designed to reduce A all


around the country are suspended when John Ashworth becomes the


Health Secretary. Give us a chance to look again at all of these to


make sure there are good quality A departments within reach of


everybody. That is the whole point behind our strategy. Today, we


launched our manifesto in Bradford. That manifesto sets out a very clear


path for this country. Either we can continue going down the road of low


investment, greater inequality, greater poverty, more homeless


people, more food banks, more debt, more young people underachieving,


more schools where headteachers are told the solution to the problem is


to collect from the parents to pay the teachers salary, or we could


say, 95% of us will not be paying more in tax, VAT or National


Insurance, but those with the broadest shoulders, those largest


corporations will be asked to pay a little more. APPLAUSE


So that we can establish and ensure a fairness of investment for


manufacturing and service industries all over the country. They properly


invested transport infrastructure for all parts of Britain, not just


London and the South East. CHEERING Your rail lines need upgrading just


like rail lines all over the country as well. That is why we are going to


set up a national investment bank, so there is a fairness in the


distribution of those farms all over the country. -- so there is a


fairness in the distribution of those funds all over the country.


Looking at all of the other issues we face, fundamentally our unfair


society. We are just covering a couple of subjects. In education, I


am utterly fed up with the way in which school funding formula is so


unfair. It tends to be, the poorest schools with the poorest children,


achieve less because they received the least. It is wrong. And so we


will change that. Making sure there is proper funding. And I want all


our children to be properly fed because a child coming into school


hungry finds it hard to concentrate. A child coming into school hungry


finding it hard to concentrate is less likely to succeed in primary


school. Leaving primary school without all the skills they should


be equipped with, less likely to do well in secondary school, less


likely to do A-levels or any other qualification, less likely to get to


college or university. That means a poor child growing up in poverty


does not get to be the teacher, the engineer, the doctor, the lawyer, or


to achieve what they want in their lives. Two people lose because of


that, one is that child who hasn't achieved what they wanted in life,


their ambitions, the other people who lose all of us because that


bright child didn't get to be the doctor, the lawyer or whatever else


they wanted to be. They underachieved in life. So I am


utterly determined that we will find our schools properly, we will pay


our teachers properly and not force them to leave under stress levels


that are unbearable. And we will make sure children are properly fed


and primary schools are giving every child a good lunch every day. And,


I'm sure you agree with me and that we all share this, learning is about


English, it is about maths, science, geography and history, all


absolutely crucial and important subjects. But it is also about


unlocking the creativity and imagination that is the air in all


of us. -- that is there in all of us. It is about being part of a


wider community, the great African saying is, it takes a village to


bring up a child, it takes a child to educate a village. That is the


philosophy that will be behind it and I am very proud of what we are


doing. We are also going to introduce a pupil premium so every


child in every school can learn a musical instrument. CHEERING


And before some incredible expert writes for one of our broadsheet


papers, tells me this is all unnecessary and excessive and


nonsense, I simply say this, you do well at music, you do well at music,


you do well at maths, you do well at music. Science and arts are not that


far apart. But we also have other challenges. Students going on in the


university, those who want to be nurses, held back because the


Government has cancelled the nurse bursary. I was talking to a group of


nurses in Bristol last week and they had decided to go into nursing, they


had done other jobs in their lives and they wanted to go into nursing.


Absolutely brilliant because they are bringing that life experience


into nursing. But they told me they could only do it because they had


got the nurse bursary to help them through the training. The Tories


cancelled, the force there will be a shortage of nurses. A Labour


Government on June ninth will bring it back.


As well as being in Parliament, I have been a long enough to remember


when going to university was a choice, not something you approach


with trepidation because you wondered what will happen in the


future. We have gone through it all very carefully and we are utterly


determined to get rid of student fees so everyone can go to


university. CHEERING So, these things are all very


important. What is also important is the way in which we approach the


other issues that are facing so many. I am constantly angry and


shocked at the number of people I meet in all our towns and cities who


are sleeping rough, who are homeless. Those that have suffered


all kind of problems in their lives end up sleeping rough. What is it


with modern Britain? What is it with modern Tory Britain that somehow or


other, we just condone it? We just accept it as one of those things? It


is not, it hasn't always been like that. So, we will have a housing


strategy that does support the homeless, that does make sure


everyone... CHEERING But in many ways, those farmers are


a symptom of the problem, a symptom of a country that has not developed


enough secure lifetime tenancy Council housing, that has not


ensured that those who want to buy get a chance because the deposits


are too high or their income to low and those who are living in a


private renting sector in some parts of the country paid far too much and


in all parts of the country are living in an insecure way in an


insecure place, so next week in Birmingham we will be launching our


comprehensive housing strategy that supports the homeless, to give them


somewhere to live, to build the council housing we need, we want a


million new homes in five years, half of which will be council


housing, and we want to regulate the private renting sector and ensure


those that want to buy are able to get that start.


CHEERING Because I do not measure the success


of a housing policy by the number of big-time investors that can buy


luxury homes in London and the south-east and keep them empty while


the prices rise and sell them on without them ever being used. There


is something offensive about places being kept empty while there are


people who are homeless. It will be different. It will be a very, very


different philosophy. And it is also the world in which we live. We are


faced, our generation, we are faced with the issues of climate change.


We are faced with the issues of environmental destruction and


sustainability. I have a very strong view on all of this. I want to bring


the Government that develops an energy policy where 60% of our power


is generated from renewable sources. CHEERING


I want to be the Government that does pay respect to the natural


world, our ecosystems and does play its part in understanding and


supporting global emission agreements and doing everything we


can to protect this planet on which we all live. And so, you will find a


Government that is serious about environmental policies and politics


and serious about sustainability. Because we need to leave this planet


in a better state for our children and grandchildren...


CHEERING And all of this is not romantic


optimism. What it is is serious about people's lives, serious about


our communities and serious about how we invest in our economy and


that is why I started by a short contribution today. But really it is


about what we do to convince people between now and June the 8th how


they are going to vote and what choice they are going to make. Since


this campaign started, we are going on 41 events all around the country


and the numbers of people coming are enormous and if you look around


yourselves at this crowd here today, we are young, we are old, we are


black, we fight, we are women, we are men, we are every part of our


community. -- we are black, we are white. Get that message across,


communities doing things together. Some things you can legislate for.


You can legislate to improve health, improve education, you can spend


money to improve housing. You can invest to improve our economy and


get better rights at work. You can do many of those things. What we can


also do is understand the crisis people go through. I'm very proud of


the section of our manifesto on mental health and Brian who spoke


this morning in Bradford at our launch about his own problems and


his own life and what he was trying to do about it, and what he was


trying to do to help others. Just as much as those people that are living


in difficult lives with mental health, waiting months to get


support, they need help and we need a mental Health Service that works


for them. CHEERING


We also need to recognise that those that rely on pensions, if you are of


an older age, need the security of a triple lock. We will guarantee the


triple lock for all pensioners. Which is something the Conservatives


are incapable of doing. And we also recognise the way in which the Busby


women have been so short-changed by this Government and will indeed


deliver for them. Because I am determined at the end of the period


of a Labour Government, this will be a society not riven by injustice,


inequality, necessary poverty and under of so many of our people but


will instead be stronger communities, stronger public


services and a more efficient economy that works for role, with a


real living wage for all of ?10 an hour.


CHEERING None of this... None of this will be


achieved if you are not registered to vote and don't vote. None of this


will be achieved if we don't ensure that we gain constituencies we don't


hold at the moment. This place is historic beyond belief in political


terms. The political battles through Carn Valley go back hundred years or


more. I have read the history of it but I don't have time to give it to


you now. But in the steps of those that went before, for victory, for


justice, social justice, decent housing, decent health and a decent


and fair society, I invite you all to get behind Delmar, work with her,


knock on those doors... CHEERING


Thelma! Thelma! Thelma! So on June nine, we will know the good news


that this area once again returns to the local polls are Labour MP, who


will deliver the things we are determined to do. The manifesto


hasn't made it from the bus to my hands but Thelma has one. Seamless.


There you are. For the many, not the few. That's our slogan, that's our


watchword, that's our message, that's our inspiration. Go through


it! Thank you very much. CHEERING


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