Tuesday 3 July 2018 / 3:17 PM Jeremy Corbyn

Labour is back as the political voice of the working class – Corbyn

Speaking at Unite the Union’s policy conference today, Tuesday 3 July 2018, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said that “Labour is back as the political voice of the working class” and committed the Labour party to doing “far more to give a real voice to working class communities who feel they aren’t heard in politics”.

Corbyn hit out at thirty years of the media and the establishment claiming “class doesn’t matter anymore”, which has led to “living standards falling while inequality and insecurity grow” while “a tiny minority at the very top of society have become ever more wealthy”.

He argued that “transformative change” of how our society and economy works won’t come just from Parliament or politicians, but from ordinary people, as “the greatest changes in history have never been handed down from above, they have always been worked for and fought for by people on the ground campaigning and demanding that change is made.”

Central to empowering working class people both in workplaces and society, Jeremy Corbyn said, is Labour’s 20 point plan for working people, which will redistribute power to give workers more control over their lives and ending the race to the bottom in pay and conditions, which has defined the last 40 years.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“We need to do far more to give a real voice to working class communities who feel they aren’t heard in politics often older people living outside the big cities in areas hit by decades of failed economic policies.

“For thirty years, the media and the establishment tried to tell us that class doesn’t matter anymore and that we should ditch any idea of representing and advancing the interests of the working class.

“We’ve seen where that’s got us. Trade union membership and living standards falling while inequality and insecurity grow.

“That’s why it’s so important that Labour is back as the political voice of the working class in all its diversity across Britain and we will be campaigning on the issues that matter to communities that have been held back and ignored across the country in the weeks and months to come.

“Labour exists to represent the large majority of the population the many, not the few: lower and middle income voters, the skilled and unskilled: nurses and teachers, shop floor workers, builders, designers, technicians and professionals in every community, region and nation.

“Working class issues are our issues: jobs, homes, health, education.

“Working class values are our values: solidarity, collective strength, support for each other, pride in our communities.

“In government, we will put the interests of working class people centre stage to give the majority a decent chance, real control of their lives and a larger share of the wealth created.”