JEREMY CORBYN told cheering Labour members yesterday he is ‘ready to win, ready to govern’ — and could replace Theresa May in No.10 within months.
The party leader signalled a swing to the left as he vowed to deliver a ‘radical plan to rebuild and transform our country’.
‘Change in our country is long overdue,’ Mr Corbyn told the Labour conference in Liverpool. ‘Every month this government remains in power, the worse things get.
‘We will rebuild the public realm and create a genuinely mixed economy for the 21st century. After a decade of austerity, the next Labour government will confront the challenge of rebuilding public services.’
Mr Corbyn predicted Brexit could bring down Mrs May’s government as he tore into her handling of negotiations.
He said Labour would support her if she agreed a deal with the EU but only if it protected jobs, the economy and trade.
He lent weight to predictions that he would stop short of offering voters a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the bloc, saying the party ‘respects the decision of the people’. But he added: ‘No one can respect the conduct of the government since that vote took place.’
Mr Corbyn said: ‘The Tory Brexiteers unite the politics of the 1950s with the economics of the 19th century. Daydreaming about a Britannia that both rules the waves and waives the rules.
‘As it stands, Labour will vote against the Chequers plan — or whatever is left of it. And it is inconceivable that we should crash out of Europe with no deal — that would be a national disaster.’
Mr Corbyn admitted the ‘row’ over anti-Semitism within Labour caused ‘immense hurt’ to Jewish people but said he hoped ‘we can work together to draw a line under it’.
Calling for an ‘end to abuse, online and in person’, he said: ‘We must learn to listen a bit more and shout a bit less.’
The leader promised there would be ‘no more reckless wars of intervention’ and launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump for his ‘America First posturing’.
He also pointed the finger at Russia over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with novichok.
‘The evidence painstakingly assembled by the police now points clearly to the Russian state,’ he said.
In his hour-long speech Mr Corbyn thanked family members for their support, slipping into Spanish to pay tribute to his wife Laura Alvarez (pictured), who clapped in the audience.
‘Tu eres mi fuerza y mi apoyo. Gracias Laurita,’ he told the 48-year-old Mexican.
It translates as: ‘You are my strength and my support, thank you little Laura.’
Keynote speech has Marmite effect
FAMILIES will pay the price if Jeremy Corbyn wins power, the Conservatives warned last night.
Responding to the Labour leader’s keynote conference speech, party chairman Brandon Lewis claimed Mr Corbyn was ‘unfit to govern’. He added: ‘All he offers are failed ideas that didn’t work in the past and would leave working families paying the price with higher taxes, more debt and more waste.’
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said Mr Corbyn’s plan to recruit many more pre-school teachers and train them better would be challenging but added: ‘They are the right moves.’
Public and Commercial Services Union leader Mark Serwotka said ‘new green jobs, proper investment in our public services and a commitment to overhaul financial services will all be welcomed’.
But CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn said Labour’s ‘continual public barbs and backward-facing policy are deterring entrepreneurs and investors’.