Absolutely everything you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn's rousing party speech


Jeremy Corbyn has closed Labour's party conference at Liverpool with an impassioned speech to members, promising to clamp down on hate and stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia in the event of a new Labour government.

Corbyn, who was re-elected as the official leader of the opposition last weekend after months of party in-fighting and a challenge from the former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith, took to the stage to a rousing round of applause.

Invoking a mixture of popular culture, sporting references and poetry to illustrate a wide array of policies and promises for a future Labour government to uphold, Corbyn made a particularly animated call for unity to his members.

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Setting out the 10 pledges which will form the framework of Labour's platform at the next election, Corbyn said he was offering "greater equality of wealth and income, but also of power".

Promises included a "real living wage" worth £10 an hour or more, a new National Education Service to be funded by levies on business, a £500 billion National Investment Bank, the renationalisation of railways, one million new homes and a foreign policy with "peace and justice at its heart".

Here are the key points from his speech:

Working together

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is applauded following his keynote speech on the final day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
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After a difficult few months and successive shadow cabinet ministers resigning over the summer, Corbyn set out to draw a line under party squabbles, referring to MP Jo Cox as an exemplar of unity.

He said: "Jo's killing was a hate-filled attack on democracy itself that shocked the whole country. Jo Cox didn't just believe in loving her neighbour, she believed in loving her neighbour's neighbour, that every life counted the same.

"And as Jo said in her maiden speech as an MP: 'We have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.' Let that essential truth guide us as we come together again to challenge this Tory Government and its shaky grip on power."

Building new homes

File photo dated 19/01/2016 of terraced residential houses in south east London as the number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its
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Criticising the Tories for allowing house building to fall to its lowest level since 1920, Corbyn promised to build over a million homes, of which half would be council-owned with rent control enforced in the private rental sector.

Banning zero hours contracts

Corbyn said: "We will raise the minimum wage to a real living wage that brings working people out of poverty and we'll ban zero hours contracts as John McDonnell and Ian Lavery have set out at this conference."

The Labour leader also criticised the appointment of former BHS boss Sir Philip Green to an advisory position for the Government, saying: "The Government might be a bit more efficient if the super-rich like Sir Philip actually paid their taxes."

Increased security for self-employed

Corbyn said: "One in six workers now in Britain are now self-employed. They're right to value their independence but for too many it comes with insecurity and a woeful lack of rights.

"So we will review arrangements for self-employed people including social security that self-employed people pay for in their taxes, yet aren't fully covered by.

"And we will ensure that successful innovators have access to the finance necessary to take their ideas to the next level to grow their businesses and generate employment."

Setting up a National Investment Bank

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech on the final day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
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Corbyn promised to set up a National Investment Bank, aimed at taking advantage of low-interest rates to invest public money with the aim of generating greater returns on government funds, and providing £500bn for broadband, railways, housing and energy infrastructure.

He said: "It would be foolish not to, because that investment is expanding the economy and the income it generates for us all in the process."

Defence of migrants

People march through central London as they take part in a protest rally organised by Solidarity with Refugees in a bid to urge the Government to take more action on the migrant crisis.
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Corbyn hit out at the increase of hate crime since Britain voted to leave the European Union, saying: "It isn't migrants that drive down wages, it's exploitative employers and the politicians who deregulate the labour market and rip up trade union rights.

"It isn't migrants who put a strain on our NHS, it only keeps going because of the migrant nurses and doctors who come here filling the gaps left by politicians who have failed to invest in training.

"It isn't migrants that have caused a housing crisis; it's a Tory government that has failed to build homes."

Ending arms deals to Saudi Arabia

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering his keynote speech on the final day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
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In a particularly controversial move, Corbyn pledged to end lucrative arms deals with countries that hold poor records in human rights, including the long-time British ally, Saudi Arabia.

He said: "We are a long way from that humanitarian vision. Britain continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, a country that the United Nations says is committing repeated violations of international humanitarian law war crimes in Yemen just as we have seen taking place in Syria.

"So today I make it clear that under a Labour government when there are credible reports of human rights abuses or war crimes being committed British arms sales will be suspended, starting with Saudi Arabia."

Having made a rousing call for unity, Corbyn left the stage to a standing ovation, having spoken for over an hour to a packed hall.

He asked that Labour members "end the trench warfare and work together to take on the Tories.

"Anything else is a luxury that the millions of people who depend on Labour cannot afford."