Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, reacts to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Labour party conference

Reacting to the speech today (Wednesday 25 September) by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:

“That speech was inspiring. We heard a Labour leader draw a very clear line under the failed policies of the past, policies that have caused despair and division in our communities, and then set out a distinctive, different, positive Labour programme for the country.

“People watching at home will have heard something very new. They will be hearing a leader say that his party, the Labour party, will put their interests front and centre. 

“Decent jobs, strong and secure public services, humane treatment for the vulnerable in our society, a future for our children that we can all be proud of.

“When it comes to Brexit, Corbyn exposed the Tories for their ideological zealotry, a creed that sees their leading figures line their pockets while lowering the living standards of the rest of us.

"Above all, they will have heard a prime minister-in-waiting, one that is leading the only party capable of putting their interests and that of the country first - and that party is Labour.

“The game is up Theresa May. You and your party are a busted flush. If you have one shred of decency left, you’ll do the right thing - call a general election and give this country and its people the hope of a better future.”