Labour’s mission is to support working class, says Corbyn

Labour is “obsessed” with tackling the problems faced by everyday people rather than the constitution, Jeremy Corbyn will tell his party’s Scottish conference.

Mr Corbyn will address delegates in Dundee – the city with the largest vote for independence in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Support for Labour has slumped north of the border after it teamed up with the Conservatives to campaign to keep Scotland in the UK.

Mr Corbyn will insist that unlike other parties, Labour is not obsessed with the constitution, saying instead: “Our mission is to back the working class, in all its diversity.”

He will say: “The truth about Labour is we’re not obsessed by constitutional questions like the others are.

“We’re obsessed with tackling the problems people face in their daily lives. Ending insecurity at work. Ending poverty wages. Ending the cuts to our public services.”

The Brexit referendum in 2016 means the constitution has continued to dominate political debate across the UK.

But Mr Corbyn will argue: “We believe that the real divide in our society is not between people who voted yes or no for independence.

“And it’s not between people who voted to remain or to leave the EU.

“The real divide is between the many – who do the work, create the wealth and pay their taxes – and the few – who set the rules, reap the rewards and dodge their taxes.”

The leader will use his speech to insist the “climate crisis” facing the world is fundamentally a class issue.

“It’s working class communities that suffer the worst pollution and the worst air quality,” he will say.

“It’s working class people who will lose their jobs as resources run dry.

“And it is working class people who will be left behind as the rich escape rising sea levels.”

Tackling this will be a “central objective” of a Labour Government’s industrial strategy, with the leader to add: “It’s not just an ecological priority, it’s a socialist priority too.”

He will also speak out about the impact of austerity, telling the conference: “We shouldn’t have a situation where a quarter of children in Scotland are living in poverty.

“We shouldn’t have thousands of Scottish young people without a home. We shouldn’t have life expectancy in Britain falling.

“It’s not only an economic and social disaster, it is a moral outrage.”

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