Labour Party Annual Conference 2018: Monday Afternoon


Conference, please welcome the
chair for this session. CHAIR: Conference, welcome back
for this afternoon’s session. I hope everybody is fed and
watered and refreshed after our lunch break. We’ve got a really
interesting debate ahead of us this afternoon and we are going to kick off with our
Scotland Report and Scotland as I know you will all agree is
absolutely critical to us in the Labour movement and our ability
to form a Labour Government at the next election. Our first
speaker is making his first speech to us as Leader of the
Scottish Labour Party, a post he was elected to last November.
Please welcome, Richard Leonard. [Applause] RICHARD: Shabana, comrades and
friends, it really is an honour to stand before you today as the
leader of the Scottish Labour Party. [Applause] When I stood for the leadership
of our Scottish party last year, journalists kept asking me two
questions. The first was: can somebody born
in England be the next First
Minister of Scotland? Well, for the sake of all of
those people in all of those
communities who need Labour government,
conference I fully intend to be the next First Minister of
Scotland. [Applause] And the second question I kept
being asked was: are you a Corbynista? So I confessed that I voted for
Jeremy, both times. Because the people of Scotland
need a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government to tackle poverty,
inequality and a failing economy just as much as the people from
every other community represented at this conference. Because I tell you this, we know
that the forces that threaten the life chances of children growing up
by the Mersey are the same ones that threaten life chances of children growing
up by the Clyde. [Applause] So we should stop dividing
people on the basis of nationality and start
uniting them on the basis of class. [Applause]
Because the real division in our society is not between Scotland and
England, it is between those people who own the wealth and
those people who, through their hard work and endeavour, create
the wealth. That’s the real division in society. And let me say as well that I
firmly believe that we will get Jeremy
Corbyn into Downing Street, and I hope it’s sooner, not later, and we will get him in
not despite the fact he has got principles and integrity, we will get him
in precisely because of the fact that he has got principles and
integrity. [Applause] I was elected on a platform of
public ownership, of anti-austerity,
and of a redistribution of not just
wealth but power, on a conviction that the days are
long gone when we could tinker around the edges or manage our
way back to power, that the time has come
for real change, and I am even more
convinced now than ever, after a summer spent travelling the
length and breadth of Scotland, from Stanraer to
Shetland, from Aberdeenshire to Ayrshire, holding public
meetings, visiting with workers, trade unions, community groups
and businesses, real change is
needed. Let me say at the very outset,
we don’t need another independence referendum to
change Scotland as far as I am concerned. [Applause]
We’ve just had one. And the majority of people do
not want one. And as we meet here this week,
with the prospect of a general
election, I can make clear today that the next Labour manifesto will oppose
another independence referendum referendum. We don’t need a referendum to
change Scotland, we need the election
of a Scottish Labour government to change Scotland, and we need
a confident Labour Party reawakening hope out of
despair, right across these shared
islands, because too much inequality is unrecognised,
unacknowledged, but worse, it is unchallenged. In Scotland today the richest 1%
own more personal wealth than the whole of the poorest 50% put
together. So instead of a fervent devotion
to inequality from the Tories and
timidity and mediocrity from the
Nationalists, it is time for moral courage and
audacity from Labour which is why I have
said that the time has come to
consider a wealth tax, a 1% windfall tax
on Scotland’s wealthiest 10% would
raise £3.7 billion to invest in public services and it is why I am saying today
that Labour has unfinished business on land reform. Labour abolished feudalism in
the first term of the Scottish
Parliament but 20 years later we are still
living with feudal ownership. 432 private landowners still own
half of all privately owned landed in Scotland, and with ownership
comes power. We need land justice because our
Earth is a common Treasury. We need land ownership in Scotland
for the many, not the few. And we need this in the economy
too which is why we want workers to
have the statutory right to buy the enterprise they work in when
it is put up for sale or facing closure. [Applause]
Because why on earth shouldn’t the people who create the wealth
own the wealth that they create? We need more planning and less
market. The people need a government
prepared to act, not simply react, and we
are the Labour Party so once again we
will be what we always should have been,
the party of organised labour, so
trade unions will have a central role to play not only in
defending their members’ interests in the present, but in
planning the new economy for the future. We will overhaul regional
selective assistance and reform public procurement to support
local industries and home-grown businesses so that
never again do we see factories and fabrication yards standing idle
whilst offshore wind farms in UK
inshore waters, paid for by public money
and energy user levies, are built in
factories and yards overseas. [Applause] And the redistribution of power
means something else else: constitutional reform. Of
course, this is not a demand limited to Scotland. There is
restlessness in England for more powers at a local and
regional level, so let me make it clear
from this conference today that a federal Britain with greater
powers for the Scottish Parliament is the radical
solution that I want to see. We need new powers to reflect
the new realities of Brexit, which is why there is a Labour guarantee that
devolved powers returning from the European Union will be transferred to the
devolved government and that we will enter a new era of codetermination in a new
era of democratic politics. So our task, our task in this
party, is to reinvigorate politics, it
is to build up our movement for
democracy and socialism, it is to lead a
manufacturing strategy as part of a plan for jobs and industry
which goes beyond the market, which has a regional dimension,
building a full employment economy, tackling climate
change, providing decent homes, bringing an end to PFI and
heralding a Renaissance in public ownership,
and our mission to end once and for all child poverty, to
eradicate health inequalities, to invest in a
National Health Service free at the point of need, to bring
dignity in retirement to our pensioners, and all based on
a socialism which is both
visionary but practical and rooted in the daily experiences
of working people. So we are a radical party of
change once more; we are getting back
to these, our traditions, and these, our principles. We are
proud of our history, we are proud of our socialism which
goes back to Kier Hardie and the pioneers
and my final appeal today to anyone watching this, listening to this, is if
you share our vision of change for Scotland, come and join us, be part of this
movement for real change, because in the
end we write our own history and, if we
stick to our convictions and have the courage of our convictions, with new
energy but rediscovering our old idealism,
we will not only win again, we will deserve to win again.
Thank you very much. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you. Thank you
very much to Richard. Conference, we are now going to
hear a report from the European Parliament and the leader of the European
parliamentary Labour Party, Richard Corbett. Please give
him a warm welcome. [Applause]
RICHARD: Thank you. Conference, this speech may be the last time a leader of the EPLP
speaks to party conference. A moment perhaps to reflect on
43 years of battles won, battles
lost and battles still being fought by
Labour MEPs, and conference we should pay tribute to all my MEP
colleagues, past and present, who have given so
much for Labour on the doorstep and in the parliamentary
chamber, many of them here today. [Applause]
In our work at European level, the dividing lines are rarely one
country against another. They are political dividing lines,
just as they are at national level and at local level, and as part of
the socialist group in the European
Parliament Labour MEPs have won more battles than we have lost. We have made sure that the
European single market is a market with
rules, rules to protect workers, consumers and the environment,
rights and standards applicable across Europe preventing a race
to the bottom. Workers rights from the rights
to paid holiday to equal rights for part-time workers, to
working time. Consumer protections from roaming charges to the safety of toys;
common environmental standards, medical research programmes,
student exchanges, a crackdown on bankers’ bonuses. I can.
I could go on. The list is a long one. But of course we’ve
not won every battle at European level any more than we have at
national level. But those European rules and
standards have enough bite for the neoliberal right to go mad and
that is why the Tory Party is to keen to
take us out of the European Union and
out of any European common standards that get in their way of their aim for a
corporate free for all. They want a Wild West economy
where anything goes, and that,
conference, is where this Tory Government is taking us. Make no mistake, the Chequers
plan was already a hard Brexit. It took two years of
negotiation, not between Britain and the EU but between the
factions of the Tory Party. It lasted just two days before
Cabinet ministers resigned and 50 Tory
MPs said they would never vote for it
because it wasn’t hard enough. What a shambles. What a joke. Talking of jokes, did you hear
the one about how many Brexit ministers it takes to change a light bulb? One to promise a brighter future
and all the others to screw it up. [Laughter] [Applause]
But conference, Brexit is no joke. As her deal falls apart Theresa
May is even threatening to leave without a deal, creating a legal
limbo on everything, from the right of
residents of EU citizens here, to aircraft landing rights, reverting to costly WTO
tariffs on trade with customs checks
disrupting our supplies and our exports. This all sounds very technical,
but as every trade unionist in this hall knows, thousands of jobs are at stake. No deal or a bad deal, it will
be a Tory deal, a hard Brexit, the
worst outcome for this country and for the people we represent. So conference, our challenge now
as the Labour Party is what to do in this situation. We should certainly oppose a
costly, damaging, job destroying, rights
threatening Tory Brexit that will wreak havoc on our country,
hit our public finances and get in the way of everything we want
to achieve when we come to government with Jeremy as our
Prime Minister. [Applause] The EPLP is fully behind the six
tests that Jeremy and the frontbench
have set to evaluate any Tory Brexit deal and their decision
to vote against it when those tests are not met, leaving
all options on the table if the deal
is rejected. [Applause] And they are right to
leave all options open because the least you can say is that the Tory Brexit
is not what was promised. Boris Johnson, remember him,
Gove, Fox and their associates, they told us Brexit would be
easy. Well, that’s a laugh. They told us that it would save
lots of money that would all go to the NHS. It’s turning out to
cost a fortune. They told us we would have shiny new trade deals ready on Day 1.
Well, that’s not working either unless you are a fan of
chlorinated chicken. So people who voted leave are
entitled to say: hang on a minute, that’s not what I was
promised. This is not what we were told
and it’s damn well not what I voted for. [Applause]
It’s not surprising that there is widespread disquiet, that people
are worried. People have a right to oppose a
bad deal. People have a right to stand up to broken promises. People have a right to a fair, democratic process. Comrades, the most crucial weeks
of Britain’s post-war history lie ahead of us. We face chaos and confusion on
the Government’s side. It’s up to Labour, the party of
democracy, to restore trust and protect the country from Brexit ruin,
and I call on colleagues across this hall
in the weeks and months ahead to defend
Labour’s European legacy and the achievements of Labour’s MEP,
defend the rights we have won, defend the standards we have
secured and defend the values for which we have always stood.
Thank you very much. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you very much,
Richard, for your leadership of Labour’s MEPs and to all of our
Labour MEPs, many of whom are sitting in the front here, who
knows what the future holds but you’ve all done a fantastic job of standing
up for Labour values right to the very end, which may or may
not happen, so thank you very much to all of you. Conference,
our debate this afternoon is on social security and skills. In
this debate we will be talking about how, as well as investing
in our economy, Labour will invest in people, creating a
national equation service to give people the skills that they
need at work while ensuring that those unable to work have
dignity in the social security system. Our first speaker is going to be
our Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Greenwood, but
Margaret Greenwood, but firstly we are going to watch a video. [Subtitled video] »: It gives me great pleasure to
open the conference debate on social security and skills. I
would like to pay tribute to everybody who has contributed to
our policy development through the national policy forum and
through campaigning for social justice. I would also like to
thank my work and pensions colleagues, Shadow Minister for Disabled people, Shadow
employment minister, Mike Amesbury, and
Jack Dromy for the vital work that they do in holding the government to
account and promoting a Labour alternative
The welfare state which was founded by the post-war Labour
Government has transformed lives, tackling poverty and
homelessness and supporting people in their time of need.
It is an achievement which we in the Labour movement are rightly
proud. At its heart should be respect
for all. Whatever a person’s
circumstances and whatever challenges they may face, and
there should be respect too for the public servants who deliver
it. Yet under the Tories we are seeing something quite
different. Their treatment of disabled
people has been shameful. The United Nations found that
their welfare reforms have led to
grave and systemic violations of disabled people’s rights. At least 75,000 people have lost
mobility vehicles, leaving them at risk of being isolated in their own
homes. Thousands of disabled people have been forced to undergo stressful and
poorly designed PIP and work capability assessments, and the
sanctioning of people who are ill or disabled has even been
linked to deaths, including suicides. No wonder disabled people are
calling it a hostile environment. Universal Credit is failing,
driving people into debt, hunger and even destitution. Over 4 million children growing
up in poverty, over a million people
forced to go to food banks, thousands falling out of the
system altogether because the processes involved in making a
claim are just too complex. This cannot go on. The Government must stop the
roll-out of Universal Credit and fix its many flaws before it causes any more
hardship. [Applause]
At the centre of the Tories’ social security system is their
heartless sanctions regime, a sanctions regime that claims to
help people into work that lasts, but that rarely does so,
that leads to increased ill health and for some,
destitution, and which punishes someone just because they missed
the bus on the way to the Jobcentre or even because they
attended a job interview. The impact can be devastating. The
average sanction is the loss of one month’s money and a
sanction can be as long as three years. This Government is leaving
people feeling demoralised and undermined instead of valued and
supported. Any one of us could find ourselves on the receiving
end of this callous regime because, of course, any one of
us could be made redundant, become ill, experience
relationship breakdown or find ourselves caring for a loved
one. Instead of providing stability and social security,
the Government is tearing away the safety net that should be
there for any of us, should we need it. Under the Tories, our social
security system has lost sight of its purpose. They say that driving people
into work will address poverty and improve the economy, regardless of the
quality or suitability of those jobs. But conference, the Tories have
failed to deliver. Nearly 4 million people are in
insecure work and millions of working families are in poverty.
We know that the majority of people want to work but we know too
that the sanctions regime is failing. That is why the next Labour
government will scrap the Tories’ punitive
sanction regime in its entirety. [Applause]
We will rebuild our social security system on the principles from on
which it was founded, supporting people rather than policing them and
alleviating poverty rather than exacerbating it. Instead of punishing people, we
will empower them and we will use the resources currently
being squandered on sanctions to provide high
quality career and employment services in communities across
the country. We will make sure that people
can access the skills, training and opportunities they need to
thrive, for the young people starting out in life, the
parents and carers going back into the work place, and for the
experienced workers looking for a new direction in later life.
That’s the real way to deliver the workforce that will
transform our economy. This has never been more important.
Artificial intelligence and automation are already bringing
profound change to our working lives. New technology offers
new opportunities but it also presents challenges. We need a highly trained
workforce and an environment in which people are able to update
their skills throughout their lives. Conference, we are ambitious for
our country and for all of our people. That is why today I am promising
a complete change in direction. We will end the hostile
environment that Tories have created by
completely overhauling our social security
system. [Applause] We will rebuild it
and restore dignity at its heart. The scale of our
ambition means we cannot do it alone so over the coming months
we will be inviting submissions from across the country to
develop proposals for a social security system that is based on
compassion and respect rather than distrust and stigma. Our
vision of the future is one in which the talents of each and
every person are developed in a way that enriches their lives
and our communities, a future in which everyone who can work is
able to play their part in transforming our economy, a
future too in which social security is
there to provide stability and support for any of us, should we
need it. Together, we will create a
social security system we can all be proud of so that together
we can rebuild our economy and create a society for the many,
not the few. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you very much,
Margaret. Conference, we will be taking a number of items this afternoon
including the contemporary composite on in work poverty and
the school system. The main policy commission reports that
we are considering are early years education and skills,
which are on pages 7 to 23 of the National Policy
Forum Report and work, pensions and equality, which is on pages 119 to 134 of
the report. We have also been notified of
proposals to refer back sections of the national policy forum
report which we will come on to in a bit. First, we will take
contemporary composite number 3 on in work poverty which is going to be moved by
Usdor and could I also ask the GMB to be
ready to second the motion? »: Conference, during the summer
USDAW conducted a survey of over
10,500 workers in retail and associate sectors and we asked
them about their experiences of low pay and the
impact that insecure work has on their lives. This is one of the
largest surveys of low paid workers in recent times
and, conference, our findings are stark. They show clearly the true
extent of Britain’s broken economy. Seven in ten low paid
workers are struggling to pay gas and electricity bills, a
third have missed or been late with rent and mortgage
repayments and 50% of low paid workers have
missed meals to pay for essential bills. Conference, close to one in ten
have used food banks to feed themselves and their families
and in this, the sixth richest economy in the world. This is a roll call of shame for
this Government. The conference for many workers that we represent, the issue is not
just low hourly pay rates, it’s also that workers are getting
the hours they need to make a living. Short hours contracts
are now the norm with two-thirds of workers in
retail working hours regularly that aren’t guaranteed in their
contracts. Workers on low pay and short
hours contracts are struggling and every time a Tory minister
brags about this supposedly strong economy, all I can hear
is a total disregard for the day-to-day struggles working
people in this country are facing, and
however bad it is now, the Conservative
Government’s Universal Credit is about to make life a lot worse for
millions of low paid workers. Nothing epitomises Tory
arrogance like their approach to Universal Credit. They’ve
designed a system that doesn’t work in the real world, a system
which everyone knows is broken, and yet they still plough on
regardless. A quarter of the people we surveyed currently
rely on in work benefits and under the current plans they
will in the near future be moved on to Universal Credit. And
when they do, they will lose out for simple things like being
paid four-weekly or having a change in their hours. Conference, I am today calling
on the Government to immediately halt the roll-out of Universal
Credits. [Applause]
Calling for a fundamental rethink and for a complete
overhaul of a system that’s broken and will not work. Conference, USDAW’s research
underlines the desperate need for change in this country. We
found that working on secure, better paid contracts are 50%
less likely to be claiming welfare
payments. Will that be missing meals in
order to pay everyday bills? This forms a basis of our
campaign for better pay. So we ask that you stand with us in
this campaign and we call for radical change. We need a minimum rate of £10 an
hour for all workers, a minimum contract of 16 hours per week
for everyone who wants it and a statutory right to a
contract that reflects on the individual’s normal working
hours because, conference, it is not right in the 21st century
that one in ten workers we surveyed are having to rely on
food banks to feed themselves and their families. Our economy is broken yet the
Tories won’t listen, and have shown time and time again they don’t care about
the plight of working people. Conference, it falls to us, the
Labour Party, to fix our broken economy
and to end the scourge of in work poverty. Now is the time
for a Labour government and now is the time for better pay. I
move. Please support. [Applause] . »: Conference, chair, newly
elected President of DMB, and pleased to
second this motion. Although I say pleased, I’m not at all
pleased that in 2018, in the sixth richest country in the
world we even have to talk about in work poverty. 14 million people in the UK are
in poverty. Of these, 8 million people in
poverty live in families where someone is in work and that is shameful.
[Applause] Let me be clear, there is no
deserving or undeserving poor. There should be no poverty, full
stop. [Applause]
But the idea that there’s anyone in work and below the poverty line shows
us how badly broken our economy is. As a long-standing teaching
assistant I’ve seen the faces of these families behind the
statistics at the school gates, the children who start their
morning hungry, the parents who take a second job to pay the
bills but don’t get time to read with their children or help them
with their homework. It should make us all upset. It should make us all angry and
it should unite all decent people behind Labour, a party of decency and
now a government-in-waiting. We have policies that will
provide certainty and security at work to the millions trapped
in temporary work. Labour is committed to a real
living wage of at least £10 an hour for
all workers of all ages. We are all for genuine
self-employment and our social security system must improve so
that these workers are not left behind, but Labour will pull time on bogus
self-employment where the boss determines what you do but
without any of the rights we have all fought for over the
last hundred years. I was at TUC just a couple of
weeks ago where I heard from the platform one first time speaker
to Congress. He said: the gig economy, zero
hours contracts, is nothing new. It is simply the
reincarnation of an ancient evil. That speaker was the Archbishop
of Canterbury. There is now a mood in the country that things
cannot carry on as they are. Labour is providing the
alternative, but most important of all, conference, we are giving those families at
the very least something precious: hope and a voice. We
must not let them down. Please support this motion. Thank you. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you very much to
both Paddy and Barbara. Conference, next we’ve got
contemporary composite 4, which is on the school system. It’s
going to be moved by Nottingham East CLP and could I also ask
Truro and Falmouth CLP to be ready to
second. »: First time delegate, first
time speaker. [Applause]
I am sure you are all aware of the impact of the academies
programme in your areas. In Nottingham, all our
secondaries are now academies and about half are primaries. Education is sorely underfunded.
At present we spend a mere 4. 4% of our GDP on education, well
below the OECD average of 5. 1% and we all know our schools
are suffering terrible cuts. I’m a retired headteacher of a
pupil referral unit for school age
pregnancy. We were successful in raising the achievements and
life chances of some of the most vulnerable in our city. Two years ago the local
authority shut it down. Why? Because the academies wanted to
have the funding that we had been
allocated and the Council were happy to hand over that
responsibility. We’ve seen our local authority education
departments reduced to skeletons. They are still
responsible for the education of children in their authority, but
lack the authority to do anything about it. They can’t
build new schools, they can’t create new school places. Somehow have to ensure that all
the children are educated. The money has been drained away
from any democratic control and has found itself in private
hands. There is no longer any
accountability. We’ve stood by and watched as
some academies have excluded up to 50% of their pupils with no comeback on
them and then, surprise, surprise,
their overall achievements have gone up, and up they’ve gone in
the league tables. But what has happened to those excluded
pupils? What about the negative impact on them, their families, their
neighbourhoods? Possibly the schools that have had to pick up
the pieces? Who cares? Land and buildings that once
belonged to the local authority are now in private hands. We’ve watched as multiacademy
trusts have appointed executive heads, business managers, noneducationallists,
on fat, inflated salaries, determine how
teachers – qualified teachers – run their classes. There is a failure of
accountability. There is a failure of
accountability of the use of public money on a
grand scale. We now have a semi-privatised
market-based education system. .
[Applause] As ever, it is the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged who suffer most as
funding for special needs looked after
children, school age pregnancy, find its
way into executive pockets. We owe it to future generations to
reverse this trend. We must form a coherent plan to resist, to put a stop to any
future acadmisation and take back these academy and
multiacademy trusts into local, accountable, democrat control. [Applause] To stop this syphoning off of
public money into private hands and to spend it wisely, democratically on all
our children so they can all achieve to their potential, not
just the privileged few. This policy, not really all that
bold or all that radical, to reverse
the ravages of an academisation
programme that fails so many at such a public cost will have the
support of our teachers and our parents, and our
communities. [Applause]
And so the Labour Party must work with our teaching unions, with
academics and others to take this policy
forward as a matter of urgency. I move. MICHAEL: Conference, this
resolution is about the future, about future policies but more
importantly it’s about the future of our children and our
grandchildren and those who come after. Part of building that,
establishing that future is building a national education
service and I believe that a national education service,
investment will be built on two things,
investing in the people who work, study and learn in our
schools and colleges but also providing a structure which
earns the current postcode lottery on people’s life
chances, a structure which provides real local controls of our
school by the parents in communities in which
they are situated. Standards and aspirations are
not just built by changing the label
outside the school, introducing a more imposing and more
expensive school uniform, upping the headteacher’s pay by on
average 30% and cutting then the wages and conditions of new
staff who work in the schools. That is not the way in which we
increase the standards and aspirations of our young people. 40 of these multiacademy chains
spent more than a million pounds on executive expenses, on
executive expenses when children are going without decent
textbooks. More than half of these executives earn more than
the Prime Minister. That is a disgrace. We believe that not only is that
level of corruption – but there is a corruption which has been
shown in the recent Panorama programme and a corruption in
terms of the narrowing curriculum in schools, a focus
on external tests which leads to
the exclusion of many pupils uninterested in the narrowing
curriculum. Our constituency, and we hope
conference too, believes that all assets and properties of these schools
must be brought back into public
ownership and the marketisation of education
reversed. [Applause]
It will need bold political measures, and there are some
even in this room who believe that we should tread cautiously, maybe a few more rules might
heal the corruption in the academy schools. They say we
are with you but we should tread carefully. Don’t use words like abolish
academy schools, don’t use words like wind up. I say to them we
should say what we mean and mean what we say.
[Applause] Labour in government must
abolish these privatised structures. For many years I
used to teach just up the road in Liverpool 8, in a school
committed to raising standards and aspirations. I think it’s
now in its third incarnation as an academy school. We need a national education
service which ensures that the young person up there in
Liverpool 8, down where I now live in Cornwall, they have the
same opportunities and aspirations as a young person
who goes to Eton and on to Oxford. That’s what we should be
establishing. I move.
[Applause] CHAIR: Conference, we will now
consider references back, which have been notified to the
Conference Arrangements Committee. There are three of them on early
years education and the skills section
of the national policy forum report. Each mover is going to
have one minute to set out their arguments for the section
concerned to be referred back to the policy commission for
further consideration. The first is wish to reference
back the section on accountability which is on page
20 of the National Policy Forum Report
and could I ask the delegate to come forward and then could I
also ask for the delegate from Islington North to
be ready as well please. DAVID: David Parker. Our
reference back was originally submitted on the basis of what
the report contains, not what the press has been reporting for
the last 24 hours. If what we read is true and
Labour is now committed to the reintegration of academies into a planned,
coherent and accountable public system, it is
a very significant victory for those of us who have been
arguing for this policy for years. It is a great pity that it was
not contained in the report. This apparently radical
development shows that when Labour listens to its members,
real progress can be made. The party has a wealth of
educational and legal expertise at its very fingertips. Let us
make use of it. We urge the party to establish
an advisory committee of teachers, academics and other experts to
flesh out the pathway to a reintegrated
public system. I formally move the reference
back of the already inadequate and now totally redundant section on
accountability. [Applause]
CHAIR: Thank you. The next reference back is in the name of Islington North CLP who wish
to refer back for special educational needs and
disabilities. Our delegate is ready. Could I also just before he
speaks, ask the next delegate to be
ready. »: Conference, Islington North
are referencing this back because despite consultations with the policy
unit reform, we did not get written
in here a policy of inclusion yet in our 2017 manifesto we
committed to an inclusive national education system. We committed to full
implementation of the UNCRPD which includes
article 24 which is inclusive, and to fund
disabilities and train staff and fund it. None of that appears
in where we are. Now, surely the point of the policy review
is to take policy forward, not backwards, and until we have
this commitment, which I would say by voting for this reference
back would give a strong signal to the policy review that that’s
where we need to go, we can’t actually build and put in place
what is needed. I know that Jeremy supports this, I know
that Angela supports it, I know that many of the unions here
support it, including the teacher unions, and the support
staff unions. I think it’s about time we did
this, Disability Labour and others all support this. Thank
you. [Applause]
CHAIR: Thank you. And conference, the final reference
back to be moved is from the Socialist Educational
Association who wish to refer back the section of the report
on grammar schools. JAMES: Reference back the
section on grammar schools, page 21. Grammar supporting
Tories have always claimed that grammar schools give bright,
working class children a leg up. They always claim that
social mobility is enhanced. The evidence for that? Well, last year out of the
12,341 places, the grammar school places nationally, 564 went to
disadvantaged pupils. Worse than that, 22 grammar
schools admitted precisely nil
disadvantaged pupils. The selective system since it was introduced in 1945 or 44 was
always divided by class, and still does. We left a hostage to fortune
back in the 60s when we did not complete
this job. The turnovers have Tories have
now been able to use that and expand on grammar schools when
we know that that money is so much needed in the whole school
system which is struggling for cash. So I say let’s finish the job. Let’s end selection by ability
everywhere, let’s bring the benefits of comprehensive
education to all parts of England and let’s make schools
serve the many, not the few. Thank you, conference. [Applause]
CHAIR: Conference, we are now going to move into our main
debate so can I get an indication – yes, there you all
are – of everybody who wants to speak. We’ve got a couple of
hours so if we all stick to time and I will get strict with cutting people off, we can
hopefully get in everybody who wishes to speak. So I am going
to start from over in this section and work my way round
and I will make sure I come to the
back as well. Can we start with the lady in the red hat over to
my left? Then can I see … »: thank you. Representing over 100,000
disabled members at work. Yesterday it was ruled that
people who were standing up or waving items in the air would
not be called. People are reverting to this. Could I make it clear, disabled
people can’t stand up if they are in a wheelchair. Some
disabled people can’t raise their arms and wave flags
around. Could we please rigorously
enforce this, bare hands from a sitting
position. Thank you. CHAIR: Thank you very much for
that, Dave, and I can assure you no waving is going to get
anybody noticed and the First Lady first lady I called
was sitting with her hand up so that is a good way for us to
start. I am going to come into this middle section and go for the young lad
with the checked shirt and the lady in
the polka dot top. Yes, there we go. Then I will take another round
of speakers.>>: Good afternoon, conference.
First time delegate and first time speaker. I’m a bit
nervous. [Applause]
We are pleased that the Labour Party continues to oppose the
expansion of grammar schools. The data overwhelmingly shows
that they do not increase social mobility. Repeated reports from
the Sutton Trust show that they widen inequality, that the
pupils attending them don’t do better because they are smarter
but because they are richer. I am going to share my guilty
Buckinghamshire secret. I’m a grammar school girl. I recently
met someone I went to primary school with. We chatted and I
said something about secondary school, and he said. : oh no, no, I didn’t go there.
I failed. At 54 years old, with a family, a home, a successful
career, his language was still that he had failed. I am going
to share another guilty secret. My daughter took the 11 plus. I
really, really wanted her to pass but she didn’t. She went
to a comprehensive school in another county and this year she
took her GCSEs. We talked about sixth form and I
suggested applying for some grammar schools. She looked at
me with disbelief, saying: but I can’t go there, I failed. How
bad did I feel? By the way, she just got three
A,, three Bs and three Cs from a comprehensive. Just opposing the expansion of
grammar schools doesn’t go far enough for us because in Bucks we don’t have
any alternative. We only have grammar schools and
secondary schools, we are one of three counties in the country
that still operate this arcane system. There’s
Buckinghamshire, Kent and Yorkshire. We have no
alternative. And another thing that we have as a result of that
is we have one of the worst attainment gaps in the country. The difference in outcomes in
Buckinghamshire between the rich and the poor is stark and it’s
widening. In my village, there are two schools, a grammar and a secondary, in
the grammar only 5% have special educational needs. In the
secondary, it’s 30%. The national average for free school
meals is around 14%. In our grammar school it’s only 9 but
in the secondary school it’s 35%. There is a
disproportionate entry into our grammar schools from private
schools because entrance is allowed to be controlled by the
academies, not by the local education authority. In 2016 the pass rate from
private schools into Bucks grammars was
60%. Is it because the rich kids are cleverer? No, it’s
because they can be coached to pass the test.
[Applause] In 2017 almost half of those who
passed the Bucks test came from outside of Bucks, further
squeezing the number of our state educated pupils who
can access grammar school places and making it even more unlikely
that a child from a disadvantaged backgrounds could
gain a grammar school place. We need Labour’s message to be
stronger than opposing the expansion of grammar schools.
We need to make a commitment to end selective education. [Applause]
We need to take the pressure of competition off our ten year
olds and off their parents in this completely unequal system. 100% of our ten year olds should
have the chance of local, equal, excellent education. The
current system writes off more than 80% of them in failures.
We need Labour policy to commit to ending this. Thank you. [Applause]
CHAIR: Can I just say to all speakers, if you could try and
stick to the time limit, I don’t want to cut anybody off because
your speeches are fantastic and it’s good that we hear from you
but if we stick to the time limit that’s fairer for
everybody and I know our next delegate is going to set a
perfect example of that. JAMES: Hello, I’m a first time
delegate, first time speaker speaker. I have the absolute privilege
today of speaking on social security, a topic of which I am
massively passionate about and I am passionate about it for one reason, conference, because I
believe in an ethical social security system is what it means
to be a socialist, a social security system that stands up
for vulnerable people, that hears the minority voices and
that can truly support people both in and out of work is what
we need in this country. Unfortunately, Universal Credit
is far from that. Universal Credit is being a
radical reform in the wrong direction. It has created a
hostile environment and it has forced individuals to walk a tightrope between poverty and
destitution amongst the hostile environment of sanctions,
suspicion and constant reassessment. This is simply
not good enough, conference. I welcome composite 3 and I
fully support it. I think it highlights some very important
points about in work poverty and the fact that Universal Credit
is not fit for purpose to support individuals who are also
in work. Universal Credit does not just need to be reformed,
conference, but in my opinion needs to be scrapped. We need to replace it with a
radical, ethical alternative that is built from listening to claimants and
advice agencies. We need to propose a radical,
ethical alternative, conference. I fully support composite 3 but
the next step is for the next Labour government to truly enact a
socialist security policy. Thank you.
[Applause] .
CHAIR: Just before we have our next speaker I will take another
three speakers so that everybody can be in place and ready.
Shall we go for the gentleman, I think, with the glasses to my
far right, yes. Then the lady with the blue and
pink shirt and the glasses here. The lady with the curly white
hair, short bob. I’ve done three. I will come for another
three but let’s hear from our next delegate. PHILIPA: Speaking in support of
composite 4 on the school system. Conference, education
must never be left to market forces. We know that it was education
that has the ability to change people’s
lives and unlock their potential and empower them to make a
difference in the world. Access to good quality education is a
human right and it is one that benefits the whole of society. Education is also a great
leveller. It breaks down the hidden walls
of class and empowers people to take control of their lives.
Teachers and school staff are the conduit for that learning
for our young people, working alongside staff
in our local department, they are the professionals that
understand the vital role and that responsibility. They are also the people
responsible for safeguarding our children, for inclusion and
making sure that no child is left behind, yet in England
these crucial roles are being cut out
through ideological market changes to schools in the shape of academies, grammar
schools and free schools. It is a disgrace. In my authority – I’ve got the
wrong page – conference, I’m also a
councillor in Caerphilly and member for
education and achievement and I may say thank goodness for a Welsh Labour Government.
[Applause] Wales has not suffered at the
hands of privatisation. We do not have academy schools.
[Applause] In Wales, local authorities are
in control of school matters. What is happening in Kent would
never happen in Wales. In my authority and all across
Wales, our priority is inclusion. I am proud to say that in the
last 12 months we have opened two new schools in my authority, investing 110
million back into school infrastructure, secured
substantial funding to support Welsh language education and
greatly increased local childcare provision. We work tirelessly to do the
best for our disadvantaged and vulnerable children. It is shocking that in Kent
these same children are being excluded. My papers are all mixed up. Shame on those academies, shame
on those headteachers in Kent. Wales shows what we can do if
schools are in public hands. We must put schools back in the
hands of our teachers, local communities, local authorities
and parents. To do that we need a Labour
government in Westminster and Angela Rayner
as our Labour Education Secretary. We need education
for the many, not the few. Thank you. [Applause] »: It’s my first conference
actually ever. Please, bear with me. I haven’t planned anything. I just left school, I have just
completed my A-levels. I’m supposed to be at uni today but
I decided to be here instead. [Applause]
And I just wanted to say, it’s great that, you know, the support of
just getting rid of academies,
headmasters and all those important in the Labour Party, I just wanted to say you
also have the support of the students. [Applause]
Because I am sick of cuts. We are sick of cuts. We don’t want less funding, we
want more funding because we are the future, obviously, and we want to make
sure that our future is safe. I come from Enfield and in my
town most of them are academies and
by 2020 we have to make £12.5 million worth of cuts, that’s
around £383 for every pupil. Also regarding special
educational needs, I have an autistic
spectrum disorder and I have seen great SEN staff come and go because there’s no
money in it and the schools just cannot fund them. It is a
disgrace. It is an absolute disgrace. [Applause] Enfield is also one of the worst
towns in terms of violent crime and knife crime and I say that
it’s no surprise at all because once these young people feel
nothing, once these young people feel no care, no empathy and no support,
what do they do? They join gangs, they pick up a knife,
they do something stupid. That needs to change and that will
change hopefully with a Labour government. Thank you. [Applause] SALLY: Hello, conference. I’m from Southeast Cornwall CLP.
It’s my first conference and my first time to speak. I have spoken to hundreds of
people but they were all under 12, sitting on the floor with their legs
crossed. Okay, so, two weeks ago Panorama
aired a programme exposing the appalling mismanagement, lack of
financial transparency and possible
embezzlement of funds at a venture learning
academies trust. I am sure many of you will have watched the
programme with a growing sense of anger and sadness at
the shocking state of our precious education system. I felt all of this and much
more. My own children went to Foy
River Academy, one of the schools
featured in the programme, when it was a
flourishing local education authority school, highly valued by every child and
family, benefited from the excellent education it provided. My granddaughter started there
this week and I have been devastated
to learn of what has happened in the
intervening years. In addition to financial
chicanery exposed by Panorama, just one example of which is £300,000 for a
lighting upgrade, having been claimed and received by the Trust but not
spent on the lighting system in the
school, I have also heard anecdotal
evidence of cold classrooms throughout last
winter, a broken lift, needed by a pupil
with special needs, left unrepaired
for 18 months, and a constant turnover
of supply teachers. When I wrote to the Tory MP in
whose constituency Foy School is
located, I was further disturbed to learn that he was aware of all the issues and,
in his own words, had been working on it for some months. Rather than feeling reassured by
this, as was his intention, I realised
that what we have now is some sort of sinister dystopian system, centralised,
micromanaged and unaccountable, that even an MP of the
Government which presided over its creation cannot get the situation resolved for just
one school in his own constituency. [Applause] I was a teacher for 34 years and
I know that for some children school is
the only place where they can feel
warm, well fed and safe. CHAIR: Can you wind up?
SALLY: Yes. All our children and all the
staff in their schools deserve so much more than this and we in
the Labour Party must continue to do everything we can to bring about a national education
service. [Applause]
CHAIR: Conference, before we hear from the next delegate I am
going to take another three speakers. I’m working my way
back to this end. I am going to go for the middle and the back
and then I will come back and everyone at the front, I promise
I will bring you in, in the next round. There’s a lady at the far left. Is that a purple top, burgundy?
Yes, that’s it. In this section, is that a
mid-green – yes, you are waving at me. That’s it. You. Then over here, the gentleman with slightly
wavy, blonde, brown hair. You’ve just turned back, sir.
I’m looking at you. You’ve got a beard. There you go, yes. »: Hello, conference. With particular reference to the paragraphs on equality,
conference the report makes reference to the
crucial role of union equality reps and
we welcome that but as an equality rep in my workplace I
can’t do the role justice without statutory rights. That means proper time. At the
moment I have to do things on the run. Put simply, you just
can’t give members the full service that they deserve.
Conference, we need to ensure that equality reps have the time
they need to protect workers. At our historic women’s
conference on Saturday, delegates made powerful, passionate speeches of how
sexual harassment is on the rise. Our members are
constantly fighting for their rights in the face of some
hostile employers. The flood of disclosures from
Hollywood to the Houses of Parliament have recently
illustrated the enormous scale of the problem across all
sectors in work. Over half of all women including two-thirds
of young women have experienced sexual harassment in the
workplace and unions have been leading the way in tackleing this, and
union equality reps play a vital role. I am proud that Unite’s equality
rights policies are in Labour’s manifesto, a manifesto which
represented hope, belief and optimism. This means that under a Labour
government equality reps will no longer have second class rights and we
will will have time to protect the people they represent.
Unite will be fighting all out for an early general election
and a Labour victory that can achieve the
manifesto’s 20 points on security and equality. It will be that will really
transform. [Applause] KATE: Good afternoon,
conference. I am the newly elected women’s officer, proud
to have been selected to stand as a candidate in local
government elections next year and a first time delegate and
speaker. [Applause]
I am delighted that the schools system was selected in the
priorities ballot. In the Labour Party we know that
education is the very foundation of our society, something Theresa May,
Damian Hinds and Nick Gibb choose to ignore. They consider
education to be only one amongst a number of priorities. They
are wrong. A good education gives children
the best possible start in life. A good education allows them to
fulfil their potential, a good education is their right. I have no doubt that when we
have a Labour government and a new national education service
we will see an end to the crippling school cuts that
Theresa May has implemented as part of austerity. It’s time the Government stopped
treating education as an expense and started treating it as an
investment, and to ask themselves what value do we put on our children’s education? As part of the national education education service we
must put an end to baseline testing for four year olds.
High stakes testing in primary schools is leading to an epidemic in
mental health problems in children. It puts pressure and
stress on pupils and teachers and to what end? Data from key stage 2 stats is
often disregarded by secondary schools. It does, however,
affect school legal tables, a ridiculous system in which one
school is pitted against another in competition for pupils and
funding. Competition in education does not drive up
educational standards. [Applause]
I was amongst the first children to take the SATS tests. It was
impressed upon me that this was not a test of me and my academic
ability but rather a test of my teacher and we were not asked to
prepare in any way. Sadly this is not now the case
and children in year 6 can spend the entire term leading up to the SATs
doing mock exams and focusing on science, maths and English often
at the expense of art subjects and even PE. Do you know what a
relative or subordinate clause is or what
the determinative in a sentence? If so, a gold star to you. But
if you don’t, I doubt it has significantly impacted your life
in any way unless you have a job compiling the ridiculous
questions for the English SATs paper.
[Applause] I am the mother of five
children, four of school age. We boycotted the key stage 1
tests for my eldest child and will do the same for my daughter
who is in year 2 this year. By the time my next child is old
enough to take the SATs I sincerely hope we don’t have to
take this action. We must invest properly in our
children’s future and we must let our kids be kids. [Applause] >>: Hi, I’m a women’s officer and have
completed a degree in child abuse, I’m a
domestic violence survivor. I would like to speak in favour of
the plans to reform our social
security system which Margaret Greenwood
has just announced. Comrades, I have spent the last
nine months researching the benefit
of reforms like the introduction of Universal Credit and the
benefit cap on domestic violence survivors, my dissertation. I surveyed front line workers
and interviewed survivors. I can’t distil 99 pages of
research into three minutes – there it is
– but I do want to tell you some of the key findings. First,
Universal Credit. My research found that abusers
were using Universal Credit as a tool for coercive control. Often forcing women to live on
allowances that weren’t enough to buy even nappies for their
kids. Just as seriously, many workers
have encountered women whose perpetrators have spent the
housing element of Universal Credit. They have been women
with rent arrears, making it extremely difficult to rent a
new property, effectively trapping women within the abuse.
I also heard about women who were scared to leave because
they didn’t want to take the risk of being plunged into poverty by Universal Credit, and
unfortunately often these fears were justified. If women did
leave, they found that the delays in Universal Credit meant they had no money at a time when
they were highly traumatised and had often been forced to leave
virtually all of their belongings behind. They were left reliant on local
welfare schemes where they still exist or food banks, hence the
title of my research: the Food Banks Have Been Great Though.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that also there were
instances where the Universal Credit system itself was broken,
Jobcentres failing to tell women about the domestic violence
easement that gives them a break from the work-focused
conditions. I interviewed two women who couldn’t read or write English who were
forced to use the online Universal Credit system. One was getting her 11-year-old
son to do her job searches for her. The other one’s refuge
worker was helping her out but both were
terrified that they were going to be sanctioned in the future.
Perhaps most frighteningly I also heard about women who had
been told to return to the home that they had fled to collect
their documents by Jobcentre staff. Universal Credit certainly
wasn’t the only welfare reform that was impacting women though.
I heard about women whose perpetrators had tried to force
them into abortions because they didn’t want to fall foul of the
two-child limit. So many women I encountered
couldn’t leave abusers or were stuck in refuges as they
couldn’t afford to rent property because of the welfare benefit
cap and for those women who did manage to source a home there
was the terrible impact of the decimation of the social
fund, ending loans and community care grants, meaning that women
were unable to furnish a new home, in the worst case scenario moving into homes that
had no carpets and not even a stick of furniture. Conference,
the system is letting down traumatised and abused women and
children. This is so much more than
Universal Credit. Labour needs to be the force
against all welfare benefit reforms. My message is let’s unite and
let’s fight for real hope and real change. Thank you.
[Applause] CHAIR: Okay, I will take another
three speakers. Is that one of the stewards who has her hand up
for somebody else? Yes, the male steward, so the delegate that they are holding a hand up
for, and then if I come back here can I take the lady with I think flowers and a
white top over here. Middle section. Let’s go for
this gentleman here with the white shirt. Then back over here. Sorry, I keep forgetting, I’ve
got three. I will come back. SEAN: Hello, I am a first time
delegate and first time at the
conference, yeah! Well, in all seriousness I do
now wish that I had written out and
rehearsed an actual speech, but – so I’m a
teaching assistant and a cover supervisor and for those of you that don’t know, a
cover supervisor is like a supply teacher except your not
trained and you just have to convince the kids that you are a
real teacher. [Laughter] Most of us cover supervisors
actually go in and try to teach because there’s no point having
an hour taken up by a free lesson when they can actually be
getting something out of it it. So as I said I’m from Wales,
yes. So we’ve not got everything perfect in Wales with
education, there’s still a lot of improvement to go but we are
making really good steps and I feel it’s really relevant to the debate
that I mention that we have no free schools and no academies in
Wales. [Applause]
But also, one of the key things is that in Wales we work very closely,
the unions work closely with the authorities, with the Welsh
Government. So that communication allows us
to look at things such as agencies. I don’t know if any
of you know about agencies but basically supply staff, we are
supplied usually through an agency and whoo what that means is that
a private company takes money that has been put aside for
education when it could really just be organised by the local
authority. So that needs dealing with because that’s a
big chunk of money that comes out of there. But that
engagement with the unions and with the authorities in Wales,
that’s taking us a step forward as well. Now, we are trying a
new curriculum, the Donaldson Curriculum. I’m hopeful that
it’s a step in the right direction. It’s looking more at
the Scandinavian model. Furthermore where we are doing
really well in Wales is in the foundation years, in nursery and in
reception. Now, I’ve worked all the way from nursery right up to working
with sometimes with sixth form. I’ve done all the years because
I’m supply – teaching assistant, cover supervisor, and I’ve also
worked in London so I can compare. Our early years is now
putting a focus into play and – what’s the word
– pedagogy – I can’t do that word but focusing on play and
nurturing and we need to take that now and put it through all the years because, as has
been mentioned, there’s high levels of mental health issues,
not just with the pupils, actually with the staff as well
and the stress that we are under. I know many good TAs
that have left the profession because they
can’t afford to pay for their kids, to look after their kids,
they can’t afford it so they’ve left the profession. Teachers
are getting overworked, they are working more hours than they are
actually being paid and supply staff, we walk in and because
the pupils are so bored and disillusioned and don’t see the
point of the school system because it’s not working for
them, they then rebel and we have to walk into a room and
face hell and spend half an hour just trying to get them to
settle down and actually – CHAIR: Would you wind up? SION: Yes, so to wind up I would
leave you with a thought. I’ve never met a bad
four-year-old, I’ve never met a four-year-old that was evil, so
every child has a chance and if we give them a proper education
we will empty our prisons, we will have much less problems
with the NHS, social issues, we will probably not have any
Tories, because we will have brought up our kids properly.
Thank you. [Applause] >>: I’m speaking on behalf of
UNISON, the public service union, and I’m speaking in
support of the composite motion 3, and I’m also from
Wales, like the previous speaker. The great nation of
Wales. I’m also a proud graduate of the
Jo Cox Women in Leadership programme. Thank you. For thousands of people moving
into Universal Credit, it has been a nightmare. Even John Major described it as
operationally messy, socially unfair and unforgiving. As the Ken Loach film I Daniel Blake so
ably demonstrated the current system dehumanises people. The For some it has led to
destitution and for others, tragically, it has driven them
to take their own lives. The roll-out of Universal Credit has
been shambolic. Warning after warning about the new system has
been ignored and many organisations have repeatedly
called for the roll-out of Universal
Credit to be stopped and for a fundamental rethink of the
policy. The original White Paper said
the Government is committed to ensuring that no one loses as a direct results
of these, we have ensured no one
will receive a reduction in the benefits they receive as a
result of the introduction of Universal Credit. Thousands of
people know now that claim was a lie. It isn’t just the fact that you
have to claim online, even though many are unable to, as we
already heard from previous speakers, or that they may face
delays if you haven’t got a bank or building society account, or
that you are driven into debt from the outset because you
don’t get any money for five weeks, or that one in four don’t
get the right money on time, that 40%
waited 11 weeks or more for a full payment. It isn’t just the
fact that without money you can’t feed your
children, pay the rent, or put money in the gas meter or the
electric meter, or that Universal Credit fluctuates creating chaos
for family finances, or that the sanctions regime that accompanies it is
pernicious; or now that we even have this two-child limit or
that all the money goes to one person, often undermining
women’s financial independence. But conference, it is also where
the Universal Credit service has been rolled out we’ve seen rising rent
arrears, food bank use, more people driven into debt and a bonanza for pay day
lenders. Conference, when something isn’t fit for purpose, when it ruins
lives, when it creates fear and panic, it’s time to put a stop
to it. It’s time to halt Universal
Credit and it’s time to get rid of this
cruel Tory Government. Please support this motion and
support public service workers. Thank you. [Applause] >>: Just plugging myself in. From the socialist Republic of Haringey, I’m proud to be a
member from a good Corbynist council. Lazy parasites, scroungers,
undeserving benefit cheats, work shy burdens on the taxpayers,
negative attitudes towards people who have to use benefits
to make ends meet abound. Listen, Daily Mail: people don’t
choose to be poor and need support. In work poverty
disproportionately affects low paid, part-time
workers. Many are women or disabled people. Many also work as personal
assistants, support workers, careworkers, supporting disabled people to
live independent lives. They are often low paid and on
zero hours contracts. They need in work benefits to
make ends meet, to bridge the gap
left by poor pay. The desperation of constituents
coming to my surgery who are in work but are low paid workers and whose
circumstances have changed is shocking. It’s terrible that I have to
issue food bank stamps to them and I think in this day and age, in the rather
leafy constituency it’s shocking but it’s shocking everywhere and
we’ve not yet got Universal Credit in Hornsey
and Wood Green though it’s coming very soon. It’s not a lifestyle choice to
have to do part-time or zero hours work. Bringing up
children, managing the effects of impairment, not being given
the rights of corporate work or not being able to get a
full-time job means that many people, disabled women, people and women in particular, are
living on the breadline. This in work poverty reaches right across the nation and I would
like to say thank you PAs, support workers and carers who
have supported so many disabled people including myself to live
independent lives, who have supported people like me to be a
councillor, and I am sorry that we can’t always pay you as much
as I feel that you deserve. We socialist comrades, let’s
have a policy of making work pay and giving access to all, a fair benefits
system which does not reduce the rights to benefits and put
conditions on that are hard to meet. Stop and scrap Universal Credit. [Applause] CHAIR: I will take three more
speakers. I think we’ve got here this at this end of the hall – is
that a lady towards my right? Yes, you’ve just pointed to
yourself. That’s it. And can I go for the delegate
for whom the female steward is holding her hand up? That’s it. Let me come back over here here. The lighting here is – is that a
lady with curly hair towards the end of this block in the middle?
Yes, you’ve just waved at me. That’s it.>>: Comrades and friends,
brothers and sisters, conference, councillor
for the People’s Republic of Leith and
prospective candidate. Last year we reduced the SNP majority to 1,625 and I am back in the
ring to win it again next time for the many and not the few. In my ward of Leith 27% of all
people are in poverty. In Edinburgh there are 79,550
people in poverty, of which 42,100 are
in work, in poverty. More people are in poverty and in
work than out of work. A scandal, and one that has to
stop. I have constituents who spend
60% of what they earn on housing costs
alone, as a private landlord is back
with 29% of all housing in Edinburgh, more than the council
and more than all housing associations in the city put
together. I have constituents in my ward
who juggle childcare as best they can, who juggle work as
best they can, working two, sometimes three jobs to make
ends meet, and sometimes not meeting each other, putting a
real strain on their commitment to each other. To then ask them to navigate a
benefits system that makes them wait for up to six weeks before
payment is a deliberate act of cruelty. Universal Credit has
not worked and will not work. The test areas in Edinburgh
prove it. In work poverty is on the increase and it’s a deliberate act by this
government and its idealogues who supported
by press will benefit from fraud
rather than real benefit fraud, that
that rely on the state to top up their workers. They would rather steal from the
state than pay in the UK. In Scotland we have a government
that could make a difference but that doesn’t, a government that
tried to give powers back to Westminster as they said they were not ready, despite
saying in 2014 that they could take on the full state, a dereliction of duty and
a deliberate evasion of responsibility. My constituents, our people need
a Labour government that will enact the policies before you
today and that John McDonnell talked about this morning. Let’s work together to elect
Labour, rebuild Britain and act for the many, not the few.
Support composite 3. REBECCA: Thank you. Chair of Aston University
students. Conference, when I was a child, when I was at
school, I was a bright child, but I wasn’t a well child. One year my attendance was 11%. It was thanks to home tutoring
from a centre hospital school and pupil referral unit that at 16 I left
school with three GCSEs, by all
accounts a failure as far as league tables were concerned. It’s thanks to Walsall College
and a community college that several years down the line I
was able to get the qualifications I needed to go to
university. But conference, because I wasn’t well enough to study full-time, I had
to pay for that privilege. I had to pay to study GCSE
biology. I had to pay to study to get the
basic qualifications that you need for any job, to get five GCSEs. That is why we need a National
Education Service which is free at the point of use. [Applause]
There are people like me who just don’t fit the education
system that we have. There are people like the fellow pupils at the centre who can’t
cope in schools, or experience teenage
pregnancy. There are people who are studying later in life to get
qualifications they missed out on, juggling work or
family or both. It’s not fair that I my ability to study was
dependent on my parents having the money to pay hundreds of
pounds in course fees. We need to make sure that
further education funding – further
education is properly resourced and the
colleges which provide huge services to
massive proportions of the population in education, who don’t fit
schools, are able to deliver the vital
services that they are responsible for. [Applause] Thank you.>>: Comrades, friends,
colleagues, two names which I am going to mention: Iain Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, Tory
minister – if you think about those two names long enough, it
might make you puke. [Laughter] So I would rather not think
about it. What I would like to say,
comrades, in work poverty, a fact, young workers on low
income, zero hours contracts, like TFI,
like McDonald’s workers and others, people who work in bars
and clubs, people who are students, have a summer job,
but Universal Credit affects other people, people who are on welfare,
unemployed, Universal Credit makes up
several benefits. People used to get housing
benefit, higher disability benefits and
other benefits , though this Tory Government
for whatever reason, and they say just to make the system easier, have
invented Universal Credit. It means a reduction in income, at least £40 a week, for people,
and people have died because of the work
capability assessment. This system stinks, basically.
We need to get rid of it. [Applause]
We cannot reform it. We cannot tinker with it. Let’s elect a Labour government
and John McDonnell let’s get rid of the Universal Credit and this rotten
Tory Government. [Applause]
CHAIR: Just before we have our next delegate speak, I will take
another three, so I think I’m back into
this middle section. I think there’s somebody with a
red shirt who is right towards the back. No, behind you actually, there’s
somebody else. That’s it, you’ve just lifted your hand a
bit higher. That’s it. Then over here. The lady with I think is it a
white scarf with a green top underneath? Yes, you’ve just pointed at what
I think is your white scarf. That’s it. Okay, we are over here. The lady with the grey and the
black hair. Yes, you’ve just looked around.
Yes, that’s it. You. Yes, got you. NADIA: Conference, chair, I’m a
first time delegate, first time speak, so very nervous.
Sheffield, my home town, the city of steel, has a proud industrial
heritage, but after consecutive Tory
coalition governments we are now one of the low paid cities in
the UK. Wages are 10% below the national
average. Since the financial crash, wages have stalled. That’s ten years of stagnation.
Sheffield needs a pay rise. The inequality of my city means
that life expectancy from one area to another can be as much as ten years in
difference. Sheffield, like many other cities, needs a Corbyn-led Labour
government now. Conference, Universal Credit is
due to be rolled out in Sheffield to approximately about 80,000
families in November. That’s four weeks before Christmas. We
know that there are delays, we know that the impact that this
has had on other cityies – we have already
got 18 food banks in Sheffield. In work poverty is rife within
my home town, so we support composite 3 and ask that you support it too, but can
I just add that Universal Credit doesn’t just need a fundamental
overhaul. It needs to be stopped and scrapped now. [Applause] MARGARET: What I want to talk
about, we talk about babies, young children, older children,
young adults, and adults in work and adults out of work. No one has mentioned
pensioners. I am a pensioner. I’m almost 70. I am now thinking it’s near the
end of September, we are looking at
winter, we are thinking food, gas, electric
bills, etc. Now, do I eat or do I keep my
house warm? Now, this is a big issue. The elderly are dying of
hypothermia and that’s really all I want to say. I just want people to think
pensioners, please think about the pensioners. That’s all I’ve
got to say on this. Thank you, bye. [Applause] MARIE ANN: Conference, first
time delegate, first time speaker. I want to give you some facts
about acadmisation. Fact, your teacher is less likely to be paid less under
academisation. Fact, your child is more likely
to be taught by an unqualified teacher
in acadmisation. Fact, academy trusts are less
accountable to parents. Fact, academisation does not benefit
disadvantaged pupils. And fact, academisation does not benefit attainment in either
primary or secondary schools. I want to be brief and so I will
just go on to say our children’s
education is worth more than this. It cannot be sacrificed for the
profit of big businesses. [Applause] I am so pleased that this
organisation can do something about it and
that our motion got through so I would
urge you to support our motion. Thank you. CHAIR: Take three more speakers.
I think we’ve wound our way back over here. The gentleman in the – is that a
blue sort of top, shirt, polo? Yes, that’s it. The lady with the blonde hair
and glasses. I am going to go for the
gentleman there with the glasses. I will come back.
We’ve still got lots of time, we will get lots of speakers in.>>: Members, I’m a first time
delegate. I am from Croydon. Thank you. I tell you
something, I didn’t realise it’s really nerve-wracking. Now I’m seeing all the eyes, I’m
nervous. [Laughter] Right, so those of you who –
keep your hands up, let’s try. I’m practising public speaking,
thank you. Right, it’s indeed for me a very
great privilege to be here at this conference and to present Croydon, the
borough I’ve lived in for the last 30 something years. I’m
very passionate about education and I’m so concerned about what
the future of our young people, they are the next generation, and I still
believe not enough is being done. We need to do more for our
children. They are the future. If we are not doing enough we
will pay the price later down the road. [Applause]
We need carers, we need social workers, we need teachers, we
need painters, we need cleaners, we need everybody and, of
course, at this age I will get older one day and need to be
looked after and to be cared for, and it shows you
right now we are very short of nurses and many carers. It’s because we have not
prepared the next generation enough. I am going to say to you I have
a child with special educational needs and so, when I speak, I
speak from the depth of my heart. We are forgetting a
generation. We are forgetting those
children, those young people with special educational needs. I have a special condition but,
guess what, I was given love and
attention. Somebody helped me along the way
and it wasn’t this country. I’m
British born, in the West Midlands, but went to school in
Jamaica from the age of 3 to the age of
21 and so I give so much credit to the teachers in Jamaica who loved me.
[Applause] The many teachers who knew that
I had difficulties in learning, and they would say: put up your hand,
those who don’t understand? Can you see me after school and
will sit beside me one-to-one. I am here today to fight for
education. No child must be left behind. Stand up and fight
for our children. [Applause] To every parent, to every woman,
to everyone that is out there, I want to say to you: love somebody else’s
child. It hasn’t got to be yours. They will never forget
the love and the care they give to them. I am a living
testimony of that. When my mother was in England as a nurse, I’m from the Windrush
generation, my father on the bus and in
carpentry, somebody in Jamaica loved me and cared for me, and I
say to you: love and care for everyone, not just your child. May we continue to embrace our
children. Remember those with special
educational needs. [Applause]
CHAIR: Thank you, Joyce. JOYCE: And if you don’t tell me
that my time is up, I will continue.
CHAIR: I am – JOYCE: Don’t forget the carers,
don’t forget the mothers, don’t forget the carers who are caring for them,
the grandparents or caring, helping
with the children. We need a living wage. Help our children, the future. To you all, I say a round of
applause! [Applause] LOU: I am a first time delegate. I am the chair of Young Labour
for Banbury and Bicester and the youth officer for my CLP as well.
Now, I’m going to do a very, very brief story and then I will
get into why I support composite motion.
When I was five years old, like most school children, when I was five
years old like most school children I was obviously
enrolled at my local primary school, and for the year that I
was there I was not taught how to
read, I was not taught how to write, and I was barely taught
to spell my own name. In that situation obviously my
grandmother and my mother stepped forward to take care of
me and ensure that I got the education I deserved. Also because the staff and the
students were quite vicious when it came to making fun of me me. Because I, like the magnificent delegate with the the afro
before, have autism. So, hearing that, my grandmother
and my mother took me out of that public school and taught me how to read
and write in six weeks. [Applause]
Thank you. Thank you. You probably think that that’s a
very inspiring story, and for me it is, but there’s also a second
side to that story and that’s that my grandmother had to give up her retirement to teach
me, to give me the basic necessities
that the Government and that the schools that the Government
funds should have provided, and that is not acceptable. But we have to remember also,
it’s not the teachers’ fault. The teachers are given what they
can and do with it what they must. The teachers in this country
have been reduced to nothing at this point, to the point where
some teachers are having to pay for their own classroom school
books. It was bad back when I had to go
to school and it’s worse now. [Applause]
Thank you. That is why we need a National
Education Service, a service that provides for
everyone, a socialist system that levels the playing field so that every child has an
opportunity. That is what socialism means, levelling the playing field and
ensuring that all education at all
levels, from cradle to grave, is excellent. That’s why you need to support
composite 4. Thank you very much. [Applause] GEMMA: Hi, I’m a first time
delegate and first time speaker. I’m speaking today on behalf of
young people, students who are stuck in an education system
that caters not for the many but the few. We are failing our
children. This Government is failing our children. An education system that only
really supports students that are academic and leaves all others behind, where
multiacademy trusts do just that, they take a group of schools – in my
constituency there are some which have between 20 to 30
schools – all from different areas, all with different ranges
of pupils and they treat them exactly the same, making every
school do the exact same thing, even if it doesn’t work for that
particular school. Treating little village schools with a
handful of pupils the same as big town schools with over 400
pupils. It doesn’t work. [Applause]
Students are being left behind, especially those with English as
an additional language and special educational needs,
because there is no support for them anymore. My Mum is a primary school
teacher in an MAT school and has seen so
many changes and cuts to staff, especially support staff, and this is due
to the multiacademy trust taking the money that is meant for the
school. Acadmiseing schoolses and turned
them into nothing more than exam factories where all that matters is what
results there are in exams and whether it makes the MAT look
good. Our children are not just data on a page, they are humans
and they feel too. Let our children be children.
Education needs to change, it needs to be a place where
children are helped to succeed, not held back because they can’t keep up with the Victorian
style teaching. Education needs to showcase each student’s
skills, schools need proper funding and most importantly we
need to listen to our teachers because they obviously know what
they are on about more than the people at the top who have never
worked in education. [Applause] We need to listen to teachers
when they say multiacademy trusts do not work. Education is not a service, and
it should be treated as such. We are the future generation.
Give us the best start in life. Let’s re-write education and
please support the motion.>>: I’m part of the NEU, a maths
teacher for 30 years, parent, you name it, I’ve done it. What
is the point – well, first of all, let me say that was a
brilliant speech. That was fantastic. I barely have to say
anything. [Applause]
The school system is broken. It’s finished. It’s dying. I want to talk MATs but I don’t
want to talk MATs because I’m fed up
with MATs, Shrewsbury is covered in
them and it’s dying, it’s killing education. Where do I
start, primary schools, nursery, up to sixth form colleges, up to
universities, all of these things are being destroyed. What we need is the National
Education Service, free at grass roots, everyone having the
chance to do it. Let me talk about Shrewsbury for a minute. We have three different MATs.
Our Tory MP tells me there’s no problem with our MATs, there’s
no problem with funding. I was part of the Save Our Schools
campaign. We presented the data to him of the schools cuts, we
took parents to Parliament to show him the cuts. He refused to accept it was
true. And I was appalled. All I can say is we need to
stand in front of the Government and say: forget all your plans, forget academ
academisation, bring back the local education authority, let
schools be run locally. Thank you. CHAIR: Whilst the next delegate
gets ready to speak, I will take three more. Can I take the delegate for whom
the female steward has been holding her hand up, thank you. Over here, the lady with the
blonde hair and a black jacket. That’s it. And back in this middle section,
so how about the gentleman with the light blue shirt there. Is
that three? Okay, and then I will take another three in a bit. AARON: I would like to speak in
favour of the reference made by the
socialist association on grammar schools. I am from Trafford, a
borough which yes now has a Labour Council for
the First time in 14 years. [Applause]
But which also still has a selective system of education. As such, I attend grammar
school, seeing first hand the difference in privilege and
wealth between my primary and secondary schools. This is one
of the main reasons for my joining the Labour Party. [Applause]
In the NPF report there is a reference to the abomb inable condition
improvement fund but we must go much further. 81% of children from our most affluent ward attend,
anybody therefore who say that grammar
school attendance has nothing to do
with wealth is deluded. It is an abhorrent and disgrace
that working class children can be written off at the age of 11
simply because of a corrupt, antiquated system
intended to maintain class privilege.
[Applause] Therefore, the Labour Party
should be pushing for not only an end to the condition improvement fund and
as laid out in the composite motion
further academisation, but also we should be pushing for a conversion of all
current systems of education into comprehensive ones, as well
as supporting an end to faith schools and single sex schools. This way we can ensure that our children
are not segregated by their sex or the religion or wealth of
their parents but are educated together in an inclusive,
universal, national education service for the many, not the
few. Thank you. [Applause] >>: I hope it’s in order to
speak in the general debate. Thank you. Yes, my name is Richard, I have
been an educationalist for 45 years, specialising really in
developing inclusion around both the country and the world and a
lot of training on that. What I want to say is that academies
are bad news for disabled children and those with SEN. The recent Labour Force study
which looks at the workforce across our schools in England
showed that between 2014 and 2017 there has been a
reduction of 6,000 full-time posts of
support teaching assistants and that is
when the population of the secondary schools has gone up by 300,000, so clearly
we are seeing the effects of funding
reductions but also the academies refusing
to take and keep large numbers of children with SEND. Where
are they going? Well, the Select Committee on Exclusions, Education Select
Committee reported on exclusions in July and has identified a
series of places that mainly children with SEN but also
children with other issues are going. 300,000 plus temporary
exclusions and over 6,000 permanent exclusions
from our schools in just the last year; a
further 100,000 off rolled in one place or another just so
that they avoid Ofsted inspections and it’s nearly
always the children with some sort of learning difficulty who
are put out of the school illegally. The department knows
it’s illegal but do nothing about it. Large numbers put
into alternative provision and surprise, surprise, who are the
people who are bidding most for alternative provision? There
are more free schools now running alternative provision
than anything else. There is a huge growth in free
schools for special education as well as
a growth in independent schools, charging up to £150,000 per pupil per
year, and where is that coming from? It’s coming from the same £6
billion budget for special education
needs, the higher needs budget, which is meant to meet the needs
of all the children with higher needs, so each time you take
150,000 out of that per year it leaves less money for everybody
else. There is enough money to make it work, but not in we
allow children to be excluded and excluded and excluded. We
have to build a better system, an inclusive system, and that’s
why I support the school motion because it talks about an
alternative and it’s also very important that we learn the
lessons of the past. In the last Labour Government,
from 1997 to 2006, they were committed to inclusion. After that, they changed their
minds. In fact, Lord Adonis who was minister for schools in 2007
went to the select committee and said: Labour, we don’t have a
policy of inclusion. So we need to learn the lessons of that
because if we are going to have a system that’s inclusive we’ve
got to stick to it, we’ve got to develop the methods of actually
making it work, we’ve got to train all of our staff,
teachers, support staff and so on, and we’ve got to fund it
properly and we want no more children excluded and forced
into crime and mental health issues. Thank you.
CHAIR: Thank you. [Applause] WENDY: I’m speaking to behalf of
UNISON, the public service union representing thousands of
education workers across the country. Conference, when was
the last time that you heard a government
minister recognise the vital contribution of support staff in
education? The Government has little to say about the vital role of early years
workers or support staff working in
schools, sure start centres, colleges, universities and adult education, yet it is
forgotten 50% of the workforce where cuts
have been hardest. Unison’s recent survey of over
12,000 support staff found the following results. 90% have seen cutbacks, 70% were
having to carry out duties that should be done by someone of a higher
level, and 35% said they were doing
tasks without sufficient training.
That’s not to mention the pay, lack of pay. A comrade from the GMB said
earlier about children going to school hungry. Conference, it is not right that
our workers are going to work hungry
too. This cannot go on. Funding must be found to ensure
the level of staff necessary to provide the great education that
we all deserve. The current education system is fragmented and dysfunctional.
Setting up a National Education Service would be a huge step
towards a cohesive and comprehensive
education service. One with proper accountability that engages with students, parents,
communities and all its staff. It is vital that any new
education service recognises that every member of staff has
an important role to play. In creating a supportive and
stimulating environment in which learners can flourish and
achieve their full potential. We have heard so much in the
last two days about the savage cuts to
local authorities. Well, here in Liverpool we will
have seen 68% of our funding cut
between 2010 and 2020. But despite that, not one
children’s centre has closed and in the
last eight years as a Labour socialist
administration we have built 15 new schools, not with PFI. We have also refurbished a
further eight and I just want to say
that if we get Jeremy Corbyn into government I am sure he
will do the same for schools up and down this country where it’s
vitally needed. I also want to end by thanking
our wonderful Shadow Secretary of State Angela Rayner and her
determination to build a national education service.
Angie is a proud unison member who became an UNISON steward
when she was a careworker. She fully understands the need to
engage with those disillusioned or disenfranchised from the
current system and it is wonderful to see her take on the
Tories in the House of Commons and amazing to see her fight so
hard for a new vision for education. Angela, we are so proud of you
and look forward to developing an election winning education
policy with you for the many, not the few. Let’s get behind
Angela, the National Education Service, let’s get behind Jeremy
Corbyn and let’s win the next election and build a world-class
education system this country deserves.
[Applause] CHAIR: I am going to take three
more and I think we’ve got to this block. I am going to take
the person for whom the female steward has her hand
up. Yes, the person for whom you’ve
got your hand up, thank you. Then I am going to the far end. I think there’s a lady with what
looks in this light to be brownish, reddish hair and a
greyish top. There we go. Back over here. This disabled
member on the end here, at the end of the row with the
blue shirt. BRUCE: Good afternoon,
conference. A second-time speaker. The first time was in the
Empress Ballroom in Blackpool in 1998 and in the intervening 13
years my right arm hasn’t half become stiff. Now, 1998 was the year that
Kenneth Baker, the then Tory Minister for Education, introduced the
education reform act which introduced SATs
and league tables and fragmented education as we know it. Now, a
little bit about myself. I was a working comprehensive
school science teacher throughout my working career. Pre-198, 1988, while I was head
of science in my local
comprehensive school in my local school, I knew every
other local science teacher. We were friends, we were
colleagues, we shared good practice. We saw the success of
one as the success of all of us. We were aren’t in competition. We were in co-operation. That’s
how you raise standards. You raise standards for all by
co-operation. Now, what do we have? Unaccountable academy trusts,
failing schools, failing their pupils,
not being helped by other schools that
could share good practice. When I now walk as a retired old
geezer, I walk my dog down to the village shop in the morning
to collect the newspaper, lining up on the village streets in my
village in the Forest of Dean, I see kids wearing four
separate school uniforms, waiting for four separate buses
to bus them off to different schools. That is madness.
Schools should serve their local communities, be accountable to
their local communities, but be part of something bigger.
[Applause] I fully support the motion on
the education service, but I regret
that it’s silent on selection. That is a job that is still to
be done. Theresa May wants to create more grammar schools. What new speak is that? You can’t have new grammar
schools without what was called in my
day secondary modern schools. You can’t have wheat without
chaff, you can’t have curds without
way. We need a fully comprehensive school under a national service
administered by democratically controlled and accountable local
education authorities. Thank you, conference. THERESA: Good afternoon,
conference. I am from Ealing and I am going to speak on the
report on work, pensions and equality. Pensions are a
subject close to my heart. I have just been part of the UCU
pensions dispute earlier this year, which was the biggest ever
in higher education. Mentioned yesterday by Sally
Hunt. It proposed to move us to a
defined contribution scheme away from the relatively safe
collectivity of our defined benefits scheme because they
claimed they couldn’t afford it. We would as workers take the responsibility and risk of the
investment under defined contributions. No one would be
able to plan for their retirement because we would not
know until the day of retirement how much we would have on an
annual basis. Each and every potential
pensioner or worker would be treated tas as
an individual investment. Together, academic staff,
lecturers, professors, stood alongside administration staff such as
myself and students as we fought to save our pensions. Young
academic and administration staff, many on zero hours or
insecure contracts, risked their
livelihoods for their futures because
universities are not only academics but places of
administration. We have forced the employers to a joint expert’s panel who
reported in the last couple of weeks to say the union, the
workers, were right. The defined scheme is
affordable. No longer are universities
centres for learning and growth but businesses and in that
tradition the workers fall back against that business-led investment that said workers
deferred wages because pension is not a
right but deferred wages are affordable. They are
affordable, they are our future, they are our deferred
wages. So we await the response from the employers, who show that those
snowy days on the picket lines, but
for the first time we had support from our leaders in the
Labour Party who were proud to stand alongside us in
an industrial dispute. [Applause] So thank you John McDonnell and
Laura and the rest of the MPs who stood with us, oh and Billy
Bragg. We showed we could succeed. We are on the final
stretch but we are hopeful. We need to ensure that we
constantly remind ourselves that pensions are not a right, but are our deferred
wages, and we should be invested in
solidarity and collectively, so we can all plan
for our futures for all people to live in dignity in
retirement. Pensions for the many, not the few. Thank you,
conference. [Applause] >>: Good afternoon, I’m a second
time delegate but first time speaking. [Applause] My name is Kev Watts and I am
CLP secretary. I’ve sat listening over the last couple
of days, listening about children, young people,
pensioners and disabled people, but I wonder if many of you are aware actually what a
person goes through when they are first
disabled. I do. I was able-bodied but now, as
you see, I’m in a wheelchair. I failed back to work assessment
and I have a spinal cord injury. The assessments are degrading
for everybody, all concerned, and
I’m hoping that under a Labour government
the welfare system and the way that
people complain can be treated as human beings, and not a
computer-generated report. I will be quite honest with you,
however I don’t know if my sister is aware of this – she is sitting
with the USDAW delegation – but the day that the report landed
on my doorstep telling me that I had failed, I was ready to
commit suicide. What stopped me was that my
13-year-old daughter would have been the first person walking in to the
house, so I stopped. That – and believe it or not – Maximus, Atos and Capita, the
people that do the report on us, do not
actually report how many people have committed suicide. The
latest figure which was produced about 18 months ago was 18,500
people. That is a disgrace for a 21st
century country. [Applause]
As Paddy said, there are 14 million people in poverty and 8 million
in work poverty. Because of who I am, I deal with people, disabled people, people
in work, to make claims. I sit with them, I sit at their
assessments, and I can assure you that having somebody like me present,
doing their assessments, they usually get through them and pass, because
if they don’t, the only way they can claim then is to go to court
and the courts take anything up to nine to 12 months
and the claimant does not get any
benefit whatsoever. It is a judge then who rules. I was
fortunate. My judge ruled for me and I am
allowed to claim. However, the system is stacked
against us because you have to claim or they send you a letter
and you have to go through the same system two,
three, four years later. It is no longer given to you for the
rest of your life. So I do hope that under a Labour
government the complete welfare system and the way that we treat
every human being in this country would be sorted out
right the way from birth to the day that we die and that we do not
have to go through this degradation system. Thank you,
conference. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you. Thank you
very much. I am going to take another three. I think we are back to this
middle bit here. Okay, the gentleman in the sort
of dark blue, I think, or black T-shirt. Yes, you’ve just
pointed to your head. Okay, right. Next section. The lady on the end here with
the stripey top. Okay. Can’t find any distinguishing –
okay, the steward I think is holding a hand for somebody?
There you go. Yes, go for it.
>>: Thank you. Good afternoon, conference. I live in Cornwall, a place
where there are a lot of second homes and actually today I feel like I’ve
found my second home. [Applause]
I would like to talk about the composite to do with Universal
Credit. Ten years we’ve suffered under
an austerity programme which was basically an ideological
experiment. It wasn’t proven and therefore
it was just guesswork and we’ve
suffered as a country, as a nation under that experiment. I believe it’s mendacious and
evil and unnecessarily cruel. [Applause] Thank you. I am a local town councillor,
one of those like many of you here who try to help our
communities do a bit better than they perhaps might without us. I live in a town called Lisgard
which hopefully is now on the map. I’m very lucky that I have other
Labour town councillors that support the things we do and one
of the things we realised was that Universal Credit was coming
to a town near us very, very soon and we were worried for the
people of our community so what we did, we put some money aside as a local town
council in order to help prepare us and to train people in order to deal with the
Universal Credit that was coming to them. Our local Tory MP whose office
is just around the corner from our town council office
discovered this, and as you can imagine she set off in hot
pursuit to offer help. Oh no, no, no, she didn’t! She told us that we were
meddling in things that were nothing to do with us. We are
town councillors. This is our town. Universal Credit is
coming to our town. People there work seasonally, so
their wages fluctuate massively throughout the year. Some of
them have no work through the winter at all and I know people
who have made the choice between eating and heating. And if we have a mild winter,
they are grateful for that. All I want to say really is that
Universal Credit needs to be stopped dead in the water and
scrapped. [Applause]
It needs to be thrown into the dustbin of history. What we need in this country,
what we need is a socialist social
security and that’s what the next Labour government will
provide. For the many, not just the few.
Thank you. [Applause] JAN: Hello, this is my first
time at conference and my first time as a delegate and I’m very
happy to be here. I’m from Twickenham CLP which
when I say I live in the Borough of Richmond and Twickenham, I’m
not. Actually, I live in social housing, overcrowded with my
grandson, my daughter, my son and I sleep in my sitting room,
just so you get that clear. In my ward, Heathfield, I ran
actually as a councillor in the last election, I got to know an
awful lot of people. I knocked on a lot of doors. And one of the biggest things
we have there is they want to plonk a
£10 million free school on our very precious MOL land when we
have one of the highest asthma rates, no parking, a lot of
disabled and we are just treated as if we do not belong to the
borough. It makes me really, really angry because it’s a super wealthy
parent in another part of the borough that has the
connections, the old boys’ network that can get their buddies in
education to shake hands, dodgy deals, and the Lib Dems are just as complicity complicity in it as the Tories. Meanwhile, we have one of the
worst special needs provisions in the country. Our children
are really suffering, really suffering. I fault three special education I never expected to see it worse
than I did back then. I was accused of lying, faking, I was
neurotic. Actually, one of my children has kidney failure, the other one is
Type 1 diabetic but they fight back. Today my other son is also type
1 diabetic, 11 years old and out of school because we cannot get
the provision for him, the care he needs, a beautiful child who
is home tutored at the cost of my child who set up her own
business, yet she is ill herself, and
this is the ruthlessness and selfishness of
this Government and I urge every one of you who is a grandparent, an aunt,
an uncle, a parent to come, a grandparent to come, do not take
for granted our children and our grandchildren.
Everything I do in politics I do for the young. I would rather
drop dead of a heart attack fighting this Government
than sitting in an arm chair at 80
knowing I had done nothing at all.
[Applause] I don’t care what the weather is
like . We have a £8 million deficit
of special needs in the very rich,
very wealthy Borough of Richmond, yet the education authorities gave us
£371,000. It’s not good enough. We have one of the highest
self-harm rates of young girls between the
ages of 10 and 24 and you can bet education is part of that, in a very wealthy
borough. CHAIR: Can you hurry up,
delegate, sorry.>>: We also have one of the the
highest criminal rates now in London, believe it or not. Why?
Because of the cutbacks, because we are not giving our
children the nourishment they deserve, the support they deserve, and I urge you
once again, don’t for sake them, don’t forget them. Our children
need every one of us. Thank you many JOSEPH: Hi, that was brilliant,
can I say? I’m slightly worried having to follow that now. I wasn’t going to say anything
but listening to the debate on in work poverty, I really do. When I left school four years
ago I was unemployed for sort of nine
months and it was quite tough. I finally got a job after nine
months working for a supermarket and I got off lightly actually.
Most people were unemployed for a lot longer than me. When I
got there, I was thrilled. I finally had a job, I could work,
I could paper pay my way. When I got my first pay cheque, I was
so disappointed because it was less than I thought, and then I
looked it up and realised it turned out at 18 years old I
wasn’t worth as much as my other colleagues. I was worth £5.60
which is pretty dismal when you work as hard as I did. So I
really want to speak in support of composite 3, in support of
the £10 minimum wage for all workers. [Applause]
Thank you. When I was at that job, I got
quite a stark lesson in poverty. I met a lady who has since
become a very good friend of mine, very
dedicated. She had to choose for two years between heating and eating
because someone decided that when she
left her – when her child left home, someone was going to tax
her spare bedroom. That policy shows the utter
disregard this Government holds for working people. That policy
more than any other, it’s a disgrace and should be
scrapped. [Applause] So going back to the job, my
main point really is that equal pay must produce equal work –
sorry, the other way around. Equal work must produce equal
pay. Thanks. [Applause] While I’ve got the platform I do
just want to say that there is a meeting tonight hosted by USDAW
about the abuse of shop workers. Please come along because it
really is not part of our job to take
abuse and also I call on the supermarket I now work on – a different one – that
it is vital that if you really do
believe in employee representation, please engage with the Union of Shop
Distributive and Allied Workers and don’t just
pretend. Thank you very much. [Applause] >>: Good afternoon, conference.
I’m speaking in support of composite 3 on in work poverty. Sisters, brothers, comrades,
the fact that it is 2018 and we are here discussing in work
poverty is a disgrace. It is positively Dickensian that
in our society we have public sector workers relying on food banks, families
missing meals so that they can pay their bills and thousands of
workers who don’t have guaranteed contracted hours. Conference, I ask you: is have
the Wragged trousered
philanthropists come to life? I am here speaking to you as a
proud union steward, a proud northerner – thank you – and an even prouder
young member of the Labour Party. As young members and workers, we
are often told that we are the future, the future of the party,
the future of the trade union movement, the future of society.
Well, conference, I’m here to tell you, yes we are the future
but we are also the present, and we have
been dealt the rawest of deals. We are systematically and
ideologically targeted by this hateful Conservative government.
The discrepancy between pay dependent on age, the slashing
of youth services, the cutting of mental health provisions and
the spiteful way that they’ve got rid of housing benefits. The Tories hate trade unionists,
they hate the idea of progressive politics that works
towards an equal and just society, but conference, the
Tories really hate young people and
young workers, and do you know why? Because they know – they
know that we are the people who will be
electing the next Jeremy Corbyn led Labour
Government. [Applause] Conference, young workers aren’t
being left behind because for a lot of young people and young
workers we are barely getting the chance to even start, juggling multiple jobs just to
make ends meet and with over half of our income going on
rent. Comrades, we can’t afford the bread, never mind the roses,
so I ask you: support the motion on in work poverty but I also
ask you to always support the contributions of young workers
and members who put their blood, sweat and tears into their work,
their communities and into this party, who are so
often underpaid, undervalued and who experience the horrors of in
work poverty just as much as anybody else. Thank you. [Applause] CHAIR: As the delegate gets
ready I am going to take my last round of four speakers, so from
each of the sections of the hall, and I want the
speakers right at the very back so I’m going to try and see if I
can actually see you with this terrible lighting. Is that a lady on the end there?
You’ve just pointed to yourself, yes. Got you.
Okay, this middle section. Can I have the delegate for whom the
steward is holding his hand up right at the very back? Over here. Okay, I think there’s a
gentleman – I’m really sorry if it’s actually a woman – but I
think a gentleman with a brownish top? Yes, you’ve just
pointed to yourself and waved. There you go. Now, the last one to be called,
there’s a lady in a red jacket. There’s two of you but the one
with the grey top underneath. You’ve just stood up. There you
go. Thank you, go for it, delegate. : Has
>>: Hi conference, I’m from East London and I just have to start
by saying we should give a massive round of applause to all the young people who came
and spoke today because you have to be really brave to come up
here. Our voices are just as valid as
everyone else’s. Young people like myself have been
systematically failed by the Tories. Our education system is
in crisis with real term cuts running deep,
meaning bigger class sizes and the culling of the arts from our
curriculum. Let’s call academisation what it
is, it’s the marketisation and privatisation of our education
system. Schools are being run like
businesses, failing school children. Our curriculum is based on
training to pass exams rather than cultivating a joy for
learning. We need to bring our schools
back into democratic local authority
control. Students are leaving uni with
tens of thousands of pounds of debt and are under immense
pressure from sky rocketing living costs and
poverty wages. The minimum wage discriminates against young
people as under 18s are only eligible to £4.20 an hour. I have a question: an
18-year-old’s living costs aren’t any lower than a 30-year-old’s, so why are their
wages? [Applause]
These are just some of the pressing issues facing young
people in Tory Britain today but we don’t have to sit back and
ignore it. We can’t let it continue for any longer. Young
people have a powerful weapon and it’s called hope. And
that’s what’s going to lead our movement. Young people aren’t here to
change a few things here and a bit there. We want to transform
society, we want a society that works in the interests of
working people. We want a society rid of inequality and we
want a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
[Applause] I was seven when the Tories got
into power. Seven-year-olds like me did not
cause the financial crisis ten years ago but they shut my youth
centre anyway. They don’t care about us but enough is enough.
People are desperate for change and millions of people are
depending on us. We need a National Education Service, we need a £10 an hour living
wage, we need funding for our mental health services, so to
all those intent on preventing a Labour government, I have to say
no. No is no. Let’s kick the Tories out and
unite to let the elect a Labour
government led by Jeremy Corbyn. Please support our young people
by supporting these motions. Thank you. [Applause] MARTHA: Thank you very much I
would just like to start by saying
solidarity with the person who spoke about Universal Credit and
his assessments. I know, I have been there, I’m with you.
I will be short. I am disappointed that composite 3
does not go further on Universal Credit by calling for it top
stopped and scrapped. Universal Credit is unequivocally a
disability rights issue and one that should not exist. A
benefit that can only be claimed online is a disability rights
issue. 50% of people living in poverty
are disabled themselves or living with a disabled person
and if you are in poverty you are less likely to have access to a computer, a
smartphone, to the internet. Despite disabled people living
on average with extra living costs
of £570 a month, it is deplorable that
Universal Credit will bring an end and does not include the
severe and enhanced disability premiums premiums. And the total removal of support
that existed under employment support
allowance for disabled students. I support composite 3 but let’s
not pretend it goes far enough. Let’s not pretend that Universal
Credit can be paused and fixed. Thank you.
[Applause] TOM: Conference, Tom Chapman,
Leicester South. My home constituency however is East Hampshire, the constituency of
Damian Hinds, the current Education
Secretary and hopefully soon to be the former Education
Secretary. I come from a broken family. My Mum raised me and my two
sisters. She is a teaching assistant at a
local secondary school back home in East Hampshire. It’s a bit
better now but growing up in the heart of Tory austerity there
were times when we had to choose between food on the table, heating for
the house or petrol for our car. Tell me this this: why should a teaching assistant, somebody who
spends her hard work, her hours,
helping out those in need in the education system, have to worry
about if there’s going to be food to feed her own children? How is that allowed under the
Government? Quite simply put, it shouldn’t be. We must go
further. We need a Labour government who
will properly fund the national education system, who will make
sure that our secondary schools have enough money to properly
pay teachers, properly pay teaching staff, make sure that
they are not having to work out of their own time to do right by
their students because our teachers are working so
hard, for so little money, and it’s not fair. It’s not right and it’s not what
they deserve. This country needs a Labour
government. This country needs a National
Education Service. We deserve better.
For the hope of my generation, for the hope of my little
sister’s generation, as she comes through secondary school having still tumultuous new GCSE schemes, we need stability under
a Labour government, under a Labour National Education
Service. Thank you very much, conference. AMY: Good afternoon, conference. Hi, guys. First time delegate,
first time speaker. I kept changing my mind about
putting my hand up. I have high functioning autism. These
aren’t jazz hands. This is slightly overwhelming, but
luckily I have really supportive colleagues and I feel I also
need to represent women on the spectrum. There are far more of
us than you think. [Applause] I also felt the need to express
my disgust at this Government’s years of austerity. The food
banks that we have in our area, there are over 2,000 food banks
operating across the UK right now, there are many people out
there who understand what it’s like to have to go and
use a food bank as you walk home with bags of heavy shopping that
you’ve had to collect because you can’t afford to do a shop
and you are hoping that your child is going to actually eat
the food that you are bringing home because that’s all there
is. Last year, my son – he is 11
years old – gave up all his Christmas presents to instead fund our local food
bank. [Applause] I am incredibly proud of him and
it inspired people to donate towards his cause and he ended up raising
£260 for our food bank last year to buy Christmas treats for
children who weren’t going to get something. Universal Credit
is rolling out into our town later this year and there are
many people who are not ready. There are many people who don’t
realise it’s going to affect them, that it’s going to take
away the tax credits that they receive. I just wanted to say if my
11-year-old autistic son can understand the appalling
existence of food banks in this country, why can’t this
Tory Government? [Applause]
We need a strong Labour Government to come in and take
these away because it’s ridiculous that we are relying
on the goodwill and charity of the people here instead of the
Government that’s supposed to provide a service to us and look
after us. Thank you. [Applause] CHAIR: Last speaker. JILL: Hi, I’m PPC for Stevenage
but crucially I should have been teaching year 7 this afternoon. I’m a serving maths teacher,
until recently head of maths, and the
NEU rep in a school that is currently under an academy
order. Well, I say currently;
academiseation means lengthy periods of uncertainty. We went
into measures nearly two years ago and we’ve had an academy
order ever since. We are or were an orphan school
that nobody wanted. Despite amazing improvements put into place by incredibly hardworking
staff, students and parents, the fact we’ve come out of measures, that
academy order still stands. There’s now an academy sponsor
found but we still have lengthy uncertainty. Will it be
January, will it be April, will it be September? Who knows? My concern as an NEU rep and
seeing teachers in other schools as well is that experienced,
expensive teachers are in fear of their jobs. Decades of
expertise is swept away if it doesn’t quite fit in with the
academy sponsor’s vision. Teachers may have direction to
arrange their classroom in a particular way, to teach a particular curriculum
and to teach every lesson in a
particular way. Children are unpredictable. Teaching is a craft, not a
business. Master craftsmen and women with
years and years of experience are being told to teach flat pack lessons. [Applause]
I have members coming to me who are outstanding teachers, terrified
of the C word. They will be taken into an office with a
little mention of capability and they run. I implore that we stop
academisation, we properly fund schools and we take back every single school into
local authority control. [Applause] Trust the teachers. We will forever aspire to do
better but we actually do pretty much know what we are doing. I want every child in Stevenage
and way, way beyond, whichever
seat, in whichever classroom, in whichever school they happen to be, to have the
best education possible and a hope for a bright future that they deserve. [Applause] CHAIR: Thank you. Thank you
very much, conference. Thank you to every single
delegate who spoke. I’m sorry I couldn’t get even more of you
in. We had in the end 42 speakers from the floor. We have been treated to some
incredibly moving and very inspirational speeches, so thank
you very much again to every delegate for sharing their
views with us. Conference, I’m now going to ask
Angela Rayner, our Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills to wind
up the debate and address conference. [Applause] ANGELA: Thank you, conference. Conference, we are at our best
when we work together. That is what we did when we stopped the Tories in their tracks last
year. Just look at their manifesto. If you can find a library they
haven’t closed you will find it under
political fiction. And if you read now what they
claim they would do then, you will find more self-serving
delusion than Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. Since then, our opposition under
Jeremy Corbyn has lit a bonfire of the
vanity projects. The Tories are in retreat on every issue, from
free schools to free school meals, which was saved by the
campaigning of so many in this room and outside of it. Just last week, we forced them
to give up a plan to spend £20 million
on taxes to chauffeur a few hundred
individual pupils up to 30 miles a day to get to their nearest grammar school and
while at the same time cutting transport for disabled children
to get to their local school. And what did they do with the
money? Not re-invest it, but to return
it to the Treasury. This is when they have broken
promise after promise to properly fund our schools. If there is there was an Ofsted
inspection for politics the Tories would fail their
inspection and be forced to convert to a Labour government. [Applause] Conference, I will tell you what
that Labour Government will do. Our National Education Service
will not only reverse cuts but tackle
the inefficiency of the Tory school system and take power
from the corporations and hand it back to communities. Conference, we will start
immediately by ending the Tories’ academy
and free schools programmes. [Applause] They neither improve standards
nor empower staff or parents. Instead, they have been shut out
and cut out by Tory Ministers in
Whitehall, like the Schools Minister in the
Lords who had his own academy chain but won’t say how he deals
with the conflict of interest, an unelected minister literally
refusing to be transparent about his own transparency
policy. If only he was as accountable to
us as he wants teachers to be to him. And conference, it’s the same
for our councils. The Tories talk about devolution
but they want to hand down the blame
and not the budget. Councillors are left with the responsibility
for school places without the power to create them, so we will allow them to build schools,
create new places and take back control of
admissions from academy trusts. [Applause]
We will also tackle the problem of trusts that fail, leaving
schools stranded outside the system. Imagine being in an
organisation, facing a crisis, but with no
leadership or direction. You would think Tory ministers would
know that feeling. Yet that’s what they are
inflicting on ever increasing numbers of our
schools, so we will allow academies to
return to local authority control. [Applause] We will end the scandal of
individuals and companies profiting from schools that they are involved in,
stopping fat cat set pay for bosses and restoring fair pay
for the staff. [Applause] And conference, we will use our
time in government to bring all publicly
funded schools back into mainstream
public sector with a common rule book
and under democratic control. [Applause]
Conference, on issues like the rising cost of school uniforms, parents
have no say while others profit. The Tories promised to empower
people but we know the reality reality:
not taking back control bull but
taking it away and where parents and staff
want to go further in launching and leading their own schools,
our movement already has an answer. Co-operative schools, as part of
the local schools family, attacked by the Tories, under Labour they will
be part of John McDonnell’s co-operative
vision. Conference, these will be just
one part of the most ambitious school building programme ever,
delivered without the waste and inefficiency of free schools
and, as we set out in the general election, backed by £8 billion
of investment. And let had he let me be clear,
conference, that if I have anything to do with it, not one
brick will be laid by a company who doesn’t pay its taxes or a
builder who is falsely self-employed.
[Applause] The cost of free market failure
is highest in the most important area of school spending, their
staff. Years of real terms pay cuts,
rising workloads and a failure to plan the workforce’s recruitment and retention, the
result is that private recruitment
agencies rake in taxpayers’ money in fees alone, our money
spent on profit and not pay. The Tories talk about public
sector waste. Well, I will tell you, there’s no bigger waste in our education
system than this. So led by our Shadow Schools
Minister, we will set out plans for a
state funded teacher supply service, fixing the failure of the free market. We will cut out the waste and
stop the exploitation of agency workers. And conference conference, too
often those who suffer the most from
staff shortages are children with special educational needs and
disabilities, so our national education service charter, the
result of thousands of submissions from members up and down the
country, guarantees it will be truly inclusive. That is why our Shadow
children’s minister will lead plans to stop those with special
educational needs and disabilities from falling out of
our schools system. And we will back it up with a
record investment in modernising school buildings to make sure
that they are accessible to all who could learn in them,
providing an excellent education for the many and not the
privileged few. [Applause] And to achieve that, we must
start before school. Nowhere is this Conservative
Government’s failure starker than in early years which makes
the greatest impact on a child’s life. They promised 30 hours of high
quality free childcare a week, but one
in seven families now pay more, and
nearly one in ten providers risk going bust. Even worse, the very families
who need help the most are least likely
to get it. That’s why our Shadow early
years minister has led our plans for a new public service
offering free education for all two to four-year-olds
and reinventing our state nurseries,
a policy – [Applause] – a policy as
radical as anything proposed by a Labour government in our history.
[Applause] But conference, I know from my
own life that sometimes people need a second chance later in
life. So we will provide not just free
higher education but free further education. . [Cheering and applause] And we will ask experts from
across the field to join our lifelong learning commission, led by our Shadow
Minister Gordon Marsden, because we are not afraid to hear from
experts. In fact, we welcome it. We will do the same when we
revise assessment and the curriculum. That includes
making sure that people know how to use their rights, including
joining a trade union which changed my life. .
[Applause] Conference, after last year’s
election there were even some Tories who wanted socialism on
the curriculum too. They thought that if they taught
young people the history of communism they wouldn’t vote Labour. I have to tell them, young
people didn’t turn to us because they don’t know their history
but because they do know their future. They don’t need re-education,
they need free education. [Applause] Because, conference, a society
where education is free is a society
where people are free. Conference, we heard earlier
today from our shadow chancellor how a
Labour Government will redistribute
wealth and our national education service will play its
part but it’s also about redistributing power because
poverty isn’t just about being
penniless, it’s also about being powerless;
powerless compared to your employer, your landlord, big business and even
the welfare system created to support you, but which the
Tories have turned against you. So our national education
service isn’t just about educating, it’s
about empowering, allowing people to take control over
their own lives. And that must be what we do in politics too. To make it clear to people, as
Jeremy said, you don’t have to take
what you are given. And, conference, what have the
Tories given us? A million fewer adult learners. A thousand Sure Start centres
lost. A billion pounds cut from
children’s services. They maintain Nurseries
fearing for their future. Children going hungry. Cuts targeted at the very people
who need our support the most.
In the run-up to the next budget our task is to lead parents,
teachers, trade unions and communities in demanding better and make clear
that we offer better. Our national education service.
In the words of the anthem we will sing this week, a banner bright
and a simple plain of human right and human gain. That is education under a Labour
government government. [Applause] Education under a Labour
government, a human right for human gain. Conference, we have already
changed the political direction of this country. Together we have fought
austerity. Now, conference, let’s end it. [Applause] CHAIR: Wow, thank you very much
Angela for that fantastic speech. Conference, we now have
our final bit for this afternoon, which is taking of
the votes. We will take these votes at least initially as a
show of hands. If any of these are unclear, then we will move to separate votes of
CLP and affiliate delegates so first up
we have the contemporary composite on in work poverty
which was moved by USDAW. Can I see all those in favour
first? Okay, and all those against? I think that was
carried. Next, we’ve got the contemporary
composite on the school system which was moved by Nottingham
East CLP. Can I see all those in favour?
And all those against? And I think that one is also carried. Next, we have the reference back
of the section on accountability which was on page 20 of the early years
education and skills policy commission report. That was moved by Coln Valley
CLP. Can I see all those in favour of referring back this
section of the report please? Okay, and can I see all those
against? That’s carried, thank you.
Next, we’ve got the reference back of the section on special
educational needs and disabilities, which was on
page 18 of the early years education and skills policy
commission report. That was the one that was moved by Islington
North CLP. Can I see all of those in favour of referring
back this section of the report? Okay, and all of those against?
Carried as well, thank you. And finally, we’ve got the
reference back on the section on grammar schools which is on page
21 of the report. That’s the reference back that was moved by the Socialist
Educational Association. Can I see all of those in favour of
referring back that section of the report? And can I see all
those against? That reference back is also carried, thank you.
Next up, we’ve got the Early Years Education and Skills
Policy Commission annual report which is pages 7 to 23 of an NPF report as amended by the
references back which have just been passed. Can I see all those in favour of
accepting the report? Great, and can I see all those against?
Brilliant, that’s carried. And finally, the work and
pensions and equality policy commission annual report, which is pages 119 to
134 of the report, can I see all those in favour of accepting the
report? And can I see all those against? That’s all pretty
comprehensive. Thank you very much, conference. We will now
adjourn until 8.15 tomorrow morning when you have your
policy seminars. The next plenary is at 9.45 am.
Thank you very much.

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