Labour vow to 'get Britain's future back' as conference kicks off

By John Mercury October 6, 2023

Labour are promising to “get Britain’s future back” as the party meets for its annual conference.

Proceedings will kick off on Saturday with Labour Party‘s women’s conference, before the full summit commences on Sunday.

It follows the Conservative Party conference last week, which was beset by leaks about the scrapping of HS2 – as those hoping to succeed Rishi Sunak made a splash.

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Labour will be hoping to capitalise on its recent win in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election.

Angela Rayner, who is the party’s deputy leader and shadow levelling up secretary, will tell delegates in Liverpool that Labour want “growth in all places for all people” – with “a decent job, a secure home and a strong community” for everyone.

According to the party, Ms Rayner will also “set out Labour’s plan to end the Tory housing emergency”.

Housing is one of many areas that delegates will be hoping to hear more details on, with some accusing the party of being light on detail with its policies, including issues such as the cancellation of HS2.

Business and the economy are other areas where Labour want to show they are ready for government.

The party is keen to show off that it has companies such as Gatwick Airport, Scottish Renewables, Specsavers, Ikea and McVities hosting stands for the first time – with the likes of John Lewis and Mastercard speaking to a “sold-out” business forum.

After Ms Rayner’s speech on Sunday, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves will speak on Monday, with party leader Sir Keir Starmer on Tuesday.

It is during this speech that he will “outline plans to get Britain’s future back” – a slogan that Sir Keir has used before.

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Another policy pledge expected to be announced by Ms Rayner is the “biggest-ever transfer of power out of Westminster”, a policy touted last year at an event with former leader and ex-prime minister Gordon Brown.

Speaking on Friday, Sir Keir’s deputy said: “Rishi Sunak and the Tories have time and time again taken a sledgehammer to the foundations a good life can be built upon. Decent jobs, secure homes and strong communities are being snatched away from people.

“With five prime ministers in seven years and constant chaos and instability, Britain’s future has been left to take a back seat. The Tories’ legacy is national decline – a nation levelled down and starved of hope.

“While the Tories have stolen Britain’s future, it’s Labour that will give it back with our plan to make working people better off by securing growth for all people and in all places.”

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Anneliese Dodds, the chair of the Labour Party, said: “It is fantastic to be back in Liverpool for Labour’s annual conference.

“After 13 years of chaos and mismanagement under the Conservatives, people are struggling. Rishi Sunak has lost control of his party who are more interested in fighting among themselves than actually governing.

“In what is likely to be the final conference season before the general election, it has never been more clear that Labour has the plans to unlock growth, make our streets safe, secure the future of the NHS, break down barriers to opportunity and make the UK a green energy superpower.

“Let’s come together to get Britain’s future back.”

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