Corbyn Speech To Promise 'Kinder Politics'

Corbyn Speech To Promise 'Kinder Politics'

Jeremy Corbyn will today promise a different kind of politics as he attempts to win over voters outside of the conference hall.

In his most significant speech yet, the new Labour leader will say: "It is this sense of fair play, these shared majority British values, that are the fundamental reason why I love this country & its people.

"These values are what I was elected on: a kinder politics & a more caring society.

"These are Labour values & our country's values."

And he will say that his "huge mandate" by 59% of Labour supporters was a vote for a alter in the way the party did politics "bottom up, not top down".

But he will not use his maiden leader's speech to apologise for the Iraq War – a high-profile promise in his campaign for the top job.

Some of the Labour leader's core supporters had been expecting the high profile move at the conference in Brighton.

Former shadow ministers had been arguing against the timing because the Chilcot report on Britain's role in the conflict has not yet been released.

But last month Mr Corbyn said it was "past time" for a Labour apology which should preempt the Chilcot report into Britain's role in the conflict, writing: "We don’t have to wait for Chilcot to know that mistakes were made".

It is another potentially divisive issue, alongside Trident, & People's Quantitative Easing, that has been parked at this Conference.

Labour sources said that Mr Corbyn was still committed to the apology, a high profile promise in his leader's campaign. 

The leadership would prefer the focus for today's speech to be on Mr Corbyn's values & vision for the country.

Labour released pictures of Mr Corbyn preparing for the biggest challenge of his leadership so far by relaxing in red socks & pool side shoes, characteristic of his laid back style.

Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell told Sky News: "I think what he wants to show is that he cares less approximately photo opportunities. He doesn't care so much approximately those things, yet he wants to have a new approach to politics. He wants to make politics more open & inclusive."

Unlike most leaders, Mr Corbyn won't walk on to music at conference today. However, he will walk out to Chairman of the Board's "Working on a Building of Love".

:: Watch the speech live from 2.15pm on Sky News, & our mobile apps.  You can moreover obtain involved & provide instant reaction to what Mr Corbyn says using Sky Pulse.

His speech comes as Sky Data research suggested that when asked to select a word associated with Mr Corbyn, popular choices were "different", "unknown", & "refreshing".

There is a flip side, however. That moreover makes him dangerous.

His policy ideas are popular.

According to our poll, 69% of people support a £10 minimum wage, 55% like the idea of nationalising the railways & 74% agree with rent controls.

When people were told they were Mr Corbyn’s ideas, they liked them a little less: Some 61% supported a £10 minimum wage, 51% rail nationalisation & 64% rent controls.

Ms Powell said the "public don't know him yet"  and added that today was his chance to show people "that we can run the economy & deliver these policies".

However, she went on to say that while he had consulted widely approximately his speech with the shadow cabinet, Mr Corbyn would not be unveiling any new policies.

Today Mr Corbyn is pitching outside of the Brighton bubble to the wider electorate – perhaps for the first time since he became leader.

There's always a gap between the party faithful & the general public – now, though, it's a gulf.

What they both want to hear from the speech could be irreconcilable.

:: Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,002 Sky customers online 18-20 September 2015. Data weighted to the profile of the population.

For full Sky Data tables, please click here .


Source: “Sky News”