Jeremy Corbyn closed the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool this afternoon with an hour-long speech in which he promised to protect rights.
The Labour leader pledged to protect and stand up for rights across a range of areas. Here are the key sections of Corbyn’s speech relating to rights.
A Brexit that Protects Workers’ Rights
Corbyn said: “Brexit is about the future of our country and our vital interests. It is not about leadership squabbles or parliamentary posturing.
If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work and environmental and consumer standards – then we will support that sensible deal.
A deal that would be backed by most of the business world and trade unions too.”
Human Rights Should be Central to Foreign Policy
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Corbyn said: “Labour’s foreign policy will be driven by progressive values and international solidarity, led by Emily Thornberry, Kate Osamor and Nia Griffith.
That means no more reckless wars of intervention, like Iraq or Libya.
It means putting negotiations before confrontation, diplomacy before tub-thumping threats. It means championing human rights and democracy everywhere and not just where it is commercially convenient.
And working to resolve the world’s injustices, not standing idly by, or worse, fuelling them in the first place.”
Highlighting International Human Rights Abuses
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“We need a British government that can not only keep the country safe, but can also speak out for democratic values and human rights.
Today’s Conservative government continues to collude with the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen, turning a blind eye to evidence of war crimes and the devastating suffering of millions of civilians.”
Why a 19th Century Protest Inspired ‘For the Many Not the Few’
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“Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre when 15 peaceful demonstrators were killed and hundreds injured on the streets of Manchester by troops sent in by the Tories to suppress the struggle for democratic rights.
The great English poet Percy Shelley wrote a poem about the massacre. That was the origin of our slogan: “for the many not the few”.
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