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Corbyn: Labour to Campaign for Yes Vote for a “real social Europe”.

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Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will campaign for a ‘real social Europe’

Labour will campaign for a “real social Europe” that has greater public ownership and stronger workers’ rights, Jeremy Corbyn will tell supporters.

The party wants the UK to remain part of the European Union because it brings jobs and investment as well as protections for employees, but it wants “progressive change” in the 28-member bloc, the opposition leader will say.

Reforms secured  by Prime Minister David Cameron that curb benefit payments for low-paid migrants “won’t put a penny in the pockets” of British workers or stop their wages being undercut, Labour members will be told.

Mr Corbyn, a long-standing critic of the EU, was earlier this week forced to defend his campaigning role after criticism from backbenchers that the vote could be “lost” unless the party made a more “passionate” case.

He will tell the Labour North conference in Newcastle : ” We will be campaigning to keep Britain in Europe in the coming referendum because it brings investment, jobs and protection for British workers and consumers.

“But we will also be campaigning with our allies for reform and progressive change in Europe: for more democracy, jobs and sustainable growth, public ownership and workers’ rights – in other words, a real social Europe.

“The North East is the only part of Britain that still has a trade surplus and over half your region’s exports go to Europe. The good jobs and quality apprenticeships here in the North East make the case for staying in Europe.

“Let us be clear too, taking benefits off low paid migrants won’t put a penny in the pockets of workers in Britain or stop the undercutting of UK wages through the exploitation of migrant workers.

Shropshire Star.

Corbyn: Labour to campaign for ‘progressive change’ in EU. ITN.

Labour will campaign to keep the UK in the EU but wants “progressive change” in the union, the party’s leader will say.

Jeremy Corbyn will tell a party conference in Newcastle later today that he wants to see a “real social Europe” that has greater public ownership and stronger workers’ rights.

He has come under some criticism recently from backbenchers who warned the EU referendum vote could be lost unless the party made a more “passionate” case for remaining.

The opposition leader will say reforms secured by David Cameron which curb benefit payments for low-paid migrants “won’t put a penny in the pockets of workers in Britain”.

We will be campaigning to keep Britain in Europe in the coming referendum because it brings investment, jobs and protection for British workers and consumers.

But we will also be campaigning with our allies for reform and progressive change in Europe: for more democracy, jobs and sustainable growth, public ownership and workers’ rights – in other words, a real social Europe.

– Extract of speech Jeremy Corbyn is expected to make later today

Ahead of next week’s budget, the Labour leader will insist the Conservative’s austerity measures are a “political choice not an economic necessity” and call the cuts “both brutal and unnecessary”.

“In 2010 they said that their ‘long-term economic’ plan would sort all this out, that the deficit would be eradicated by now.

“Their long-term plan has turned out far longer than they imagined, but subject to short-term revision when it fails again and again. It is a blueprint in deepest Tory blue to shrink the state, to shrink people’s security, stability and opportunity.”

Jeremy Corbyn will also dismiss Chancellor George Osborne’s so-called Northern Powerhouse policy as “southern hot air”, saying most of the investment for infrastructure projects in going to London and the south-east.

Why stay in the EU?

Free movement of people

Your right to work and study in other European countries would be at risk. There are 1.8 million British people living in Europe who currently benefit from these rights.

Workplace protections

Limits on weekly hours, guaranteed breaks at work and minimum amounts of annual holiday – these key rights are protected at a European level.

Human rights

Membership of the European Convention on Human Rights secures precious freedoms. Leaving the EU places our human rights at real risk because many of those who advocate British exit also want to abandon the European Convention.

 

Environmental safeguards.

 

Key safeguards protecting wildlife and tackling climate change have also been won at a European level. By establishing a level playing field they stop a ‘race to the bottom’ on environmental standards.

Protecting these things doesn’t mean settling for Europe as it is.

A different Europe is urgently needed – one that breaks with the free market economics that have caused so much damage to our societies. With 1 in 4 EU citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion, we can’t afford to accept the same broken economic thinking.

Building ‘another Europe’ means working to strengthen social and progressive movements across the continent and pushing for democratic change – not walking away from the EU. It’s clear that an exit at the current time would boost right wing movements and parties like UKIP and hurt ordinary people in Britain. Join the campaign that says, ‘Stay in Europe, to change Europe’.

There is of course this ‘campaigner’ for Brexit to show us where that leads:

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  1. should tell Corbyn to watch this:

    Dean

    March 13, 2016 at 3:51 am

  2. Yesterday: George Galloway addressing his swelling mass support:

    Andrew Coates

    March 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm


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