The Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle said Mr Corbyn also w ants Britain to stay in the European Union “no matter what” emerges from the Prime Minister’s negotiations. Sources close to the shadow foreign secretary, who is one of Labour’s leading moderates, told the Telegraph that Benn was asked to step down by Corbyn.
Strong NEC support strengthens Corbyn’s position on rule change debates within the party.
Trident was on a list of 12 issues suggested for debate at the conference but party members chose not to select it for inclusion in the final list of eight issues.
I understand the moral case and the huge cost of replacing Trident, especially in this era of austerity, but the most important thing for us is jobs and the defence of communities.
Harking back to the battles of the 1980s, he spoke of scrapping the Trident nuclear deterrent – “a weapon of mass destruction” – and hiking taxes for businesses and the “rich”.
Mr Corbyn earlier derided Scottish Nationalism and claimed that Labour was being reborn north of the Border, with thousands more members joining in the wake of his leadership victory. “It’s perverse to think that there would be any circumstances in which we would come out”.
The veteran left-winger stuck to his guns on the renewal of Trident, declaring he did not believe that spending £100 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons was “the right way forward”.
“These values are what I was elected on: a kinder politics and a more caring society”.
The Labour leader has no problem coining memorable phrases but it seemed as if he could not be bothered to insert dramatic pauses into his speech which the audience would fill with applause.
Mr Watson admitted he disagreed with Mr Corbyn on nuclear weapons and said it was “likely” MPs would have to be given a free vote when the issue comes to the Commons next year.
John McDonnell, the new Shadow Chancellor, will announce what aides described as a “radical review” of financial levers.
We would certainly expect Labour Party conference to be a big festival of fiscal expansion.
“I think at the moment, we are fresh out of a leadership election, we are not long from a general election where we went down to one of our worst defeats”.
A Conservative spokesman said: “Labour can not stand up for Britain because their policies are a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security”.
Mr Corbyn’s line of attack was also taken up by Ms Dugdale, who said the intense focus on the constitution in Scotland meant public services were not what they should be.
He continued: “Politics is a tough game, we all know that, but I had lots of colleagues who didn’t deserve to lose, and in the fullness of time they’ll reflect back on that”.
Today at conference, Labour will turn its guns on the UK’s economic institutions, including the Bank of England, just hours after Mr Corbyn said he wanted to give the lowest paid a tax cut.
In his first major speech as Labour leader to the Trades Union Congress, Corbyn said that the Conservatives had called Labour “deficit deniers”.
“We are going to come to an accommodation of a few sort”, he told BBC television.
If the Trident programme is not renewed then the jobs of 40,000 defence workers at Faslane will be in jeopardy.