Labour Party Annual Conference 2018: Wednesday Morning

Labour Party Annual Conference 2018: Wednesday Morning


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Labour Party Conference 2018 welcome to session conference.
Good morning. Peace and bless ings to you all. This morn
ing, we will have the debate on tackling inequalities,
speeches by Jonathan Ashworth and Dawn Butler. Firstly though
, I will ask the chief scrutineer for the result of the
palate of the … held yesterday .>>I will now report the result
of the ballots. Of the constituency I section of the
… term of 3 years for a member to be elected by all delegates
to the conference, no gender requirement as the quota is met.
Voting for the constituency section is recorded as actual
cast. Votes cast. Daniel,
323,823, Keith … David lieu well Len 12,000 … I declare
that Daniel Blaney is elected. (applause) the results of the … one member to be elected
from the male nominees. Voting for the trade union section is
recorded actual votes cast. As fallows. … 1,055,000 …
Douglas Fairborn … declare that Mike Carney is elected.
The results of the election of the general section of the …
arrangements committee … all delegates … voting for the
general section is recorded actual votes cast. Votes cast
are as follows. Harry Dan ailed son 2 million … Tracey
Matthew 3 million … Katherine … 192,865. Dillys … Mike Ca
rney … 3 million … 214,000
… Emily … 2,223,620. I
therefore declare that Tracey, Emily, Lyn, Harry and Mike
Murphy have been elected. There is no more ballots to be held at
conference thank you.
>>Thank you Gemma. Now read the results of the card votes on
the … taken yesterday. Conference. Results of the card
votes in CAC report 4. Just to summarise, card vote 10 on
membership of other parties.
… against 75.84%. So the rule
change … card vote 13 on annual conference standing order s for 64.9%. Against 35
… passed. Card vote … constitutional amendments for
4.06%. Against 35% change is passed. Card vote 16 on
election method for Deputy Leader , for … against – lost.
Card vote on Westminster selections for … against …
for the rule change is lost. We
will now take the report of the conference arrangements
committee, welcome the Chair of the committee Harry Donaldson.>>Chair conference, DAC 4
contains the result of the ballot of … national
constitution committee divisions 1 and … yesterday and as
announced this morning. These are detailed on page 12. The
result of the bat Lol for the national auditor results …
nominations sought for the MPF … one candidate nominated …
pages 14 and 15. Today an emergency motion on royal
Liverpool hospital is debated. Motion can be found on page 8 of
the CAC report. Detailed agenda for today, can be found on pages
4 and 5 of the report. Conference we have had a full
agenda including report backs from the devolved institutions
of Scotland and Wales. It has not been possible to table additional points.
Considerations to those feedback from Northern Ireland. The lead
ers speech begin at 12:15 delegates asked to take their
seats in haul before 11:55. No tickets required for this speech
. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable conference, I would
like to personally thank the staff, security, venue staff and
obviously the police for their work during the conference.
Conference I move CAC. (applause) .
>>Thank you, does anyone wish to ask any questions or make any
comments on the report?>>The understand the question
has been asked in previous years . We have got the annual
report. L there is a new section at the end. We have no
timetabled discussion for questions on it. We notice on
page 116 and 117 there are new reports that nobody has had a
chance to talk about. NEC disputes, it doesn’t say where
the suspended members in dispute s are. How many there
are, who they are. On the NCC cases it doesn’t say how many
cases are open. We have a member who has been suspended
for 11 months. No allegations specified. They don’t know what
they are accused of. The people who have made the accusations
have not had a chance to have them dealt with. Justice delay
ed is justice denied. When can we find out what is going on
, so they can move on. And members can ask questions of the
annual report? (applause) .
>>As many of you will recall, 2 days ago I asked a question of
the Northern Ireland report and the lack of it. I accept what
Harry has to say and thank Harry for what has been said. However
, I want to remind the NEC I am not going away. If it
is missed at next year, then believe you me, I will be here!
I call upon all the other trade unions who are sitting here, who
have members in Northern Ireland , many of which pay the
political levy. Let’s get together and the NEC and ensure
this injustice does never ever happen again. We are part of
the United Kingdom and we de serve to be treated the same
as any other region within the UK. Why should we be treated
differently. I am not going to away and I never will!>>Good morning conference,
conference, I just want to build on what Harry just said. We are
thanking all the volunteers, all the people given up their time
and everybody who has contributed to making this
conference a success. But in particular, I want to pay
tribute to 2 groups of people. The stewards around the room who
have given up their time to allow people with disabilities
to contribute to our debates. All week. I would also like to
pay thanks to the people up in the corner here, doing sign
language. (applause) they have
been signing out everything that is being said, no matter how
boring, how complicated. So, not everybody in this room needs
them. But to those who do, they are invaluable and everyone in
this conference can contribute because of the work they do.
Thank you conference. (applause) .
>>Thank you, I was the first delegate to raise this yesterday
in a point of order, I think 4 or 5 others did as well. I want
to reiterate while Harry is here . I think there was a lot
of confusion yesterday because there was a lot of people wanted
to speak on Brexit and Palestine and it is a confusing way of
picking people to speak. I think some kind of electronic
system using the bar codes on our delegate passes, so maybe a
computer at the side of the room and say we want to speak, some
sort of priority system maybe waiting in terms of membership
size of the CLP or a union? I think that could work quite well
? Thanks.>>Thank you I will ask Harry to
reply to points raised.>>Chair the last speaker there
obviously the CAC will give consideration to all suggestions
regarding speaking as we go through the course of the review
process. To James we welcome the fact that you again mention
ed signers and other people in the room there who is
obviously adding significant value to proceeding during the
week and we welcome that. In terms of Judy from Brighton,
your delegate was contacted yesterday to discuss this
specifics of the concerns. The rule change is passed today,
introducing standing orders and NEC report will be looked at as
part of what going forward. The agenda is busy and obviously
needed no additional reports could be added to the agenda
today. But as we said, obvious ly that will be part of
our considerations. Lastly to Andy, we certainly have heard
your voice and I am sure we will continue to hear your voice. I
gave assurances, part of considerations moving into next
year’s review thank you.>>Thank you Harry. We will now
take the vote on the CAC report. Can I see all those in favour of
accepting the report? Those
against? That is carried thank you. We will start the debate
on tackling inequalities. This is a debate on how Britain is
one of the most unequal countries in Europe. Child
poverty is rising and so health inequalities. Labour will
investigation in the institution s of fairness like
our NHS, to create a more equal society. Our first speaker is
the Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jonathan Ashworth,
but before he speaks we have a video.>>Seventy years ago, a great
Welshman Nye Bevan had the vision, showed the political
courage to build a National Health Service universal in
scope, free at the point of use covering everyone irrespective
of their means. The Tories fought it tooth and nail. But
working men and women refused to give up the strag so a National
Health Service was established, not because it was inevitable.
But it was established because of Labour. (applause) in place
of fear, was offered hope. It was as Bevan just said a real
piece of socialism. It has survived because of the men and
women who have sustained it through 70 years. So let us
conference, in this, the 7 p,
70th anniversary of the NHS, thank the nurses, the mid wives,
the surgeons, the doctors, the dentists, the junior doctors,
the paramedics, the staff, the health visitors, the school
nurses, the OT’s, thank the pharmacists, the pathologists,
the radiologists, the lab technicians, the cleaners, the
catering staff, the medical secretaries – let us thank each
and everyone of the staff who do
uz proud everyday and thank those who have come from across
the world to care for our sick
and continent, from the EU, the
Windrush generation too. But instead of hope, there is again
today, fear. The fear of languishing on a trolley, in an
overcrowded A&E, the misery of cancelled operations, the
distress at social care snatched away, the anguish when hip and
knee replacements are refused or the heart break when women are
denied a chance to start a family as IVF. Eight years of
Tory austerity, mean growing waiting lists, beds cut,
communities losing services, hospitals forced into a fire
sale of land. Eight years of austerity sees hospitals
crumbling, equipment breaking down. Austerity has meant we
are so short of mid wives that last year, half of maternity
units shut their doors at some point to women in the throws of
labour. Understaffing is so chronic, they are now even say
ing you will need to book an appointment to go to Aened and E
, how out of touch, what part of accident and emergency do the
Tories not understand conference ? (applause) it
doesn’t have to be like this, austerity was a choice. So in
place of fear, it falls to Labour to offer hope again. If
Jeremy Corbyn Labour Government had been elected last year,
austerity would have ended as we would have invested 7.7 billion
extra this year, we will invest in general practice, to prepare
our NHS for winter. Establish a national care service and to en
sure we have the most up to date, live saving technology and
equipment we will invest 10 billion extra in infra
structure too. When hospitals are left stalled like
we have seen here in Liverpool, we will step in, take control
and ensure hospitals are completed using public money not
PFI. (applause) now NHS staff,
they care for us in times of most desperate need. It is time
we cared for NHS staff properly. We will deliver fair pay now and
always based on collective bargaining. We will safeguard
the rights of all NHS and social care staff from the EU and end
hostile restrictions on international recruitment. We
will expand training places and yes, we will bring back the
training bursary for nurses and mid wives as well. (applause) now Bevan said, financially
society in time of sickness is a serious hindrance to recovery.
He was right. So we will end the tax on the sick that is
hospital car parking charges! (applause) for hospital patients
bed bound, sometimes for weeks on end, whose main comfort is
the television, it is a disgrace they can be charged 35 a week
just to watch TV. I am telling you, we will end these rip offs
and deliver a fair deal for patients as well. (applause) children and young people, with
cancer, often have to travel far for specialist cancer care. But
when your child is facing cancer , you shouldn’t have to
worry for paying for the train tickets or petrol to get to the
hospital. I can announce today, a Labour Government will cover
the cost of travel to and from hospital for cancer treatment
for children. It is the least we can do. (applause) you see,
for me, patients will always come first and as your health
secretary, I would never abandon my responsibilities to patient
care safety and by the way, I wouldn’t be pushing an untested
health app like the health secretary is doing, it is so
irresponsible. We know privatisation puts patient care
at risk. Privatisation, privatisation means patient
transport services run by companies that leave patients
stranded. Privatisation means G P out of hours services that
aren’t available out of hours. It means a failing hospital
cleaning contract that led to infectious waste flowing through
a children’s ward and it means virgin care suing our NHS. Now,
now, now I don’t know if Sir
Richard branson follows the proceedings of the Labour Party
Conference I know this, him and his shareholders should give the
money back to our National Health Service! (applause) now
our shadow health team, Barbara … they have been campaigning,
give them your support conference. (applause) we thank
them today. We have been campaigning on these issues, but
we have got more to do as a party. Now last year conference
, in the debate, some of you may recall you asked me
not to break your heart. I don’t want to break anyone’s
heart. But I can tell you today , in parliament, if there
is a vote, we will vote against Tory accountable care proposals
that usher in more privatisation and cuts. The the next Labour
Government will end privatisation, will end PFI we
will reveal the health and social Care Act and yes, we will
bring forward reinstatement legislation as we begin the
process of re-nationalising our National Health Service.
(cheering) (applause) and, and
we will and we will block transfers of hospital staff to
subsidiary companies too. In
the coming days I will join the unions like UNISON and UNITE on
the picket like for the back door privatisation. Now, the
creation of a National Health Service; it wasn’t just about
the relief of the mother’s anguish who otherwise would have
to pay for a doctor to come to the bedside of her sick child;
it was about something really fundamental. Equality. Yet
today, after years of austerity, health inequalities are getting
wider. Advances in life expectancy are stalling. In
some of our poorest areas it is going backwards. In our most
disadvantaged communities we see the the greater prevalence of
diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know a child
born into poverty and deprivation, is more likely to
be admitted to hospital, be obese, suffer lower health
outcomes in later life. Place of birth often determines length
of life. We shouldn’t settle for that. So a Labour
Government will establish a specific target to narrow health
inequalities and rather than – (applause) – rather than cutting
prevention budgets we will fully fund health provision, including
sexual health services and drug and alcohol addiction services
too. (applause) because our
ambitious is the healthiest children in the world that will
start by tackling childhood obesity, ending junk food
advertising on family TV and introducing universal free
school meals as well. (applause) to support parents
and babies, we will recruit more health visitors and invest
properly in peri natal Mental Health Services too. But there
is something else we need the to do. I recently met Rachel. She
told me her story, tried to get help for her anorexic daughter t
. Rachel told me her daughter with assent out of area 3 times
over 6 years to different hospitals including over 300-
miles away to Scotland. Care was inconsistent in a
mental health system fragmented, understaffed, put back, suffer
ing from years. It meant a vulnerable teenage girl,
desperately ill left trapped in an endless cycle of admission,
relapse, discharge. I am a father of 2. I am not ashamed
to admit to you, that I cried listening to her story. We
can’t allow, I won’t allow families be let down like that.
So we (applause) – we will fully
fund child and adolescent Mental Health Services. We will
(applause) we will invest in eat
ing disorder services. We will end the injustice of
children treated on adult wards or sent miles from home, as we
finally deliverer party for Mental Health Services. It is
long overdo, we will do it (applause) so in place of fear,
we offer hope again and if anyone doubts it, if anyone
questions us, let the message from this conference be clear;
because if it was possible from the rubble, the debris, the
carnage, the austerity of the 40 ‘s, to build a health service
free at the point of use. It is possible to fund the NHS proper
ly and provide the quality of care now. So let us face the
future, yes in place of fear we offer hope. In place of fear we
offer the hope of a rebuilt National Health Service, in
place of fear, the hope of a Labour Government for the many;
not the few. Thank you .
>>Thank crow Jonathan. Thank
you Jonathan. Wow. Okay. Conference, in this debate, we
will be taking emergency motion of build our royal Liverpool
hospital. The main policy commission report we are
considering is that on health and social care, on pages 55 to
69 of the national policy forum report. Also been notified of
two proposals to refer back sections of that policy
commission report. First we will take the emergency motion;
build our royal Liverpool hospital, to be brought by UNITE
and seconded by UNISON.>>Emergency motion on the royal
Liverpool hospital here in the great City of Liverpool, we have
experiencing the scandal created by corporate greed, lies and
corruption. Why? Because of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital
18 months late and sadly still unfinished. The existing
hospital that served the health needs of Liverpool has fallen to
pieces and no longer able to function properly. Care of the
patients suffering because this hospital, the old hospital is
totally inadequate. Dedicated NHS staff being placed under
Introl rabble pressure, the new hospital was being built by Cari
llion, it was nearly a year late and no work on the site
since then. When the building was inspected, many structural
concerns we don’t know the ex tent of the damage as the
Trust won’t release the engineer s report, only a
fortnight ago that some of the cladding on the hospital walls
are unsafe. Don’t pass the fire regulation tests. The Trust ask
ed Carillion was the cladding safe and the response was yes.
As we know, Carillion’s management had a serious problem
with telling the truth. Cost of replacing the cladding and the
structural work will cost millions of pounds before it can
serve the health needs of the people of Liverpool. Delays in
the hospital has created a grow ing community campaign, a
campaign that has been organised by UNITE the union, other trade
downons and local community . The Conservative
Government which was asleep at the wheel when they went bust,
they have been sleeping ever since. This week they finally
woke up. As I have said, UNITE the union, the trade unions, the
local mayor, the people of Liverpool won a – the PFI
contract will now be terminated. Rather than the new PFI contract
, the hospital completed through direct hospital funding.
I hope – through direct
government funding. … He has paid a key role to try and win
this battle. There is still a war to be won. We know that the
hospital will not be operational until 2020. A disgraceful 3
years and guess what? The spivs , the speck lay tory ruling
s, the failed PFI deal, the European investment bank are
all to be given compensation. They should not get one penny.
(applause) they role the dice,
they lost. Now they should pay up. Any compensation must be at
the, must not be at the expense of the people of Liverpool who
have already suffered enough. While we welcome the commitment
on funding for the hospital, – sorry, while we welcome the
commitment on the funding of the hospital, we have had no commit
ments about who will build it and how the work force will
be treated. The coalition in Liverpool needs to stay together
, the Royal Liverpool must be completed with direct
employment. So bogus self- employment – unions be
given access to the work place, no chance of blacklisting
occurring. This week, we should
stand proud that the pressure of a united Labour movement has won
an important victory but conference, now let us ensure
that the workers who will work on the new Royal are treated de cently, honorably and fairly,
I move! (applause) .
>>Proud to speak on behalf of the Britain’s biggest health
union as a hospital domestic, proud to work within our
National Health Service .
Carillion will be remembered as a clear example of what happens
to our public services when greed takes over, privatisation
does to the NHS. The NHS our nation’s greatest institution in
every year, health workers support millions of the loved
one, there at the happiest of times and at the most difficult
times. We know we are valued by the people of this country,
valued by the many but not the few within this Tory Government.
They may say they value us, but force us to do more with less.
They continue to jobs. They may say they value us but they sell
outsource and privatise us. They may say they value us, you
know what conference? The truth is simple. You cannot trust the
Tory with our NHS! (applause) we can’t ignore that the threat to
our NHS under the Tory breaks is it deal or no deal situation, we
already see the American insurance companies circling
around like the sharks they are. We have seen a new form of
privatisation subsidiary companies, cleaners, catering
staff, admin are forced out of the NHS they have served all
their lives, our union has fought off many with success,
including Wigan, where we took strike action, where conference
we won! (applause) thanks to our strengths our campaigning and
the support of Labour MP’s, we will fight on until they are
stopped in their tracks. There is conference in our union and
power in the wider Labour movement the NHS is within our
grasp. Working together to get Jeremy Corbyn into Number Ten
will make that are a reality. Conference please support the
motion, our NHS and our public service workers. Thank you (applause).
>>We will now consider the references back which have been
notified to the CAC. They are both proposing to refer back
section ises of the health and social care policy commission
report. The first is in the name of Chingford and Woodford
Green. The sentence beginning the NHS motion. On page 67 in
the section on privatisation and the future of the NHS, paragraph
2, the sentence beginning a focus of the commission in
future will be – could I ask the delegate to come forward. You
have 1 minute to make your argument to refer this section
back.>>Thank you. First time
delegate. Socialist health association. Moving back 2
points on the health and social Care Commission NPF report.
Last year, conference voted overwhelmingly to oppose the
destructive 5 year forward view for our NHS. Voted to oppose it
in its entirety, not partially but all of it. I am proposing
that the MPF report should accurately reflect that decision
and it should say, the motion focused on opposing the 5 year
year, including but not only the report and the systems. We
voted on how to restore and re nationalise our NHS which was
as per and according to the NHS Bill. So that any consultations
with the wider Labour Party should be in addition to and not
in any way instead of the NHS Bill. I am proposing this so
that conference is sovereign decision cannot be weakened.
Conference, if you support the restoration of our NHS, as a
safe, comprehensive, fully publicly funded provided health
care system for all please support this reference back.>>Thank you Chair. Yes, again
there is not enough CAC reports for every delicate in the hall.
Maybe put it on the chairs in future so every delegate can get
them and read them? Thank you.>>Second is in the name of
Sheffield Hallam CLP, wish to refer back the whole section on
privatisation and the future of the NHS on page 67 of the report
>>I move reference back on this section of the MPF commission
report, headed private sayings and the future of the NHS,
beginning on page 67 this should match commitments previously
made, some of this language is not decisive. Conference last
year passed a composite motion and a reference back committing
Labour to abolishing the 5 year forward view and restoring a
fully public NHS. This provided a blueprint for the the next
manifesto policy. This is what the report should make clear,
not just opposed to private sayings, but committed to
reversing it, achieving a fully public NHS. Restore the legal
duty of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive NHS,
want all contracts to be brought back in house and that the NHS
should be the sole provider and commit to abolishing wholly own
ed subsidiaries within the NHS. Publish the next manifesto
and it needs to be clear and decisive. Please support the
reference back thank you. (applause).
>>Now we will take speakers of the last few days I have seen
everybody put their hands up. I will start on this side. Just
for now. So you don’t strain your arms. Okay. Gentleman
with the grey jacket. Delegate down there. Okay. Reference
back.>>Conference, I would like to
refer back the section entitled social care on page 68 I am a
children’s social worker and I would like to refer back the
section because it is not a section; it is barely even a
paragraph. In a report called health and social care, social
care and social work don’t get much of a look in, particularly
children’s social work. The term looked after children
appears only once and that is in a health context. The term
foster care doesn’t appear at all. Children in foster care
are some of the most vulnerable in society and they must not be
forgotten about. I have huge respect for our colleagues
within the NHS but social care and social work needs attention
too. So I would ask the MPF to bear it in mind for next year’s
report. Ask the party to consider a need for a minister
Minister Minister for social work. For now I ask to refer
back.>>Thank you, the delegate with
the blue top.>>Good morning. Conference
great pleasure to speak to you here in my home city today,
conference finishes early if you have got any money left go and
spend it please enjoy yourself. This is a, a debate at
conference that fills me full of anger but fills me full of hope.
Anger that we have got banded capitalism rife in this country
where local authorities, the National Health Service, our
education system has been given hobson’s choice, no choice, if
you need and want new facilities you have to use PFI. With local
government under serious pressure and billions and
billions of pounds being taken a way from us, added to that
burden of government grant cuts we have the cost of PFI. In
Liverpool in the south of this city, we paid all the taxpayer
paid, 80 million for a school. It has been lying empty for 4
years and I have got to find 2 million a year for the next
12 years to pay for an empty school. Then in this city, we
see a monument to the failure and corporate greed of PFI. It
is a mile away from here and it is called the Royal Liverpool
Hospital. Affection affectionately known in
Liverpool as the Royal. We also had Ricky TomTom Lynson, a
member of the Royale Family, he
would have said, “… my arse” we had an obscene situation,
where a hospital should have been handed over 18 months ago,
has got staff going in to turn the lights on of an evening and
run the taps in the sinks yet we can’t use it because it is 80%
done and 20% not complete. It has got cladding on it. In a
hospital! Cladding on it, post Grenfell that was passed as fit
for purpose. What a disgrace to how PFI is conducted and the rip
off merchants that actually run the construction sector!
(applause) we criticised and
rightly so people having to use wonga, we criticise people
forced into using that and yet PFI is the wonga for capitalist
who rip off the state and the public sector (applause). I
address you conference and I said that I was full of anger
because of the situation that we faced. I want to pay tribute to
UNISON, my union, GMB, UNITE, everybody that is united to say,
we are not going the accept what is happening. That is why it is
good that we have got an announcement that it is going to
be brought back into public ownership. I want to make sure
that we hold this government to account. That is why this
motion is important. We equally want to see our work forces on
the build are treated with respect and I give you this
promise; I will ensure that happens!
>>Delegate can we wind up?>>Chair thank you for this,
that no longer should we put up with PFI being in a situation
where they are creaming off the public sector. That is why,
when I talked about hope. John McDonnell’s pledge to end PFI.
The billions of pounds that is going to be available to the
public sector, to make sure we build a country fit for the
future, we want publicly owned assets and buildings, owned by
us the public and the State. I move!
>>Thank you. (applause) .
>>Jonathan I want to thank you for your brilliant speech and
your commitment to fully fund public health services, I urge
we make sure at a local level there is reinvestment in
capacity to make sure we can deliver services at a local
level run by local people for local people with their having a
clear choice to do that. A point, I think I would like to
make about conflict of interest. Can we please ensure when we
look at developing future public health we have a clear plan of
dealing with conflicts of interest and how we deal with
the private sector. Far too much in the past we have had the
private sector influencing policy and decision making; not
for public good but to private profit. We need to stop that.
(applause) I should also just make a point I am not sure if
you covered, breast feeding is one of the most effective
interventions to reduce in in in equalities. We need to make
sure we stop bottle feed companies and follow on formula
companies, for the unethical practices they continue to
pursue (applause) but I also
plea that we have a food system that provides affordable,
healthy food for everybody. In a way that is produced ethically
and does not affect the environment. We can do that; it
is important that we do that. Thank you (applause) .
>>Before the next speaker comes on, I will choose from this
section. Delegate at the front here, the white shirt. …>>Good morning before I start I
would like to thank Joe and Liverpool and council. One of
the first councils that led the way against the terrible
sustainability and trans formation programme that
has been imposed on the health service. Shown the way, there
is a way to oppose it through the councils. I am speaking as
the social health association delegate. I am a hackney GP and
members of doctors for choice UK . At Saturday we passed a
motion to call on the party to decriminalise of abortion across
the UK including Northern Ireland. (applause) women’s
health and reproductive rights includes abortion are an issue,
it is an offense under the Act. I will repeat, 1861 and it is
sorry, and the decriminalisation is removal of the abortion from
the code, the 1967 abortion Act permits if 2 doctors agree that
the grounds of the Act has been met. This does not remove it
from the criminal code and never implemented in Northern Ireland.
In the UK women have been in prison for up to 7 years and
doctors had restrictions due to the 1861 Act. In Belfast, a
woman is facing possibly 10 year s in prison, if she is
convicted for obtaining pills for her daughter, this is due to
the illegality of abortion still in the law. The 1967 Act rein
forces paternalistic notions and denies awe awe autonomy by
requiring permission by 2 doctors, it excludes nurses from
abortion care. After a great deal of struggle
decriminalisation has been call ed for. Decriminalisation
does not mean deregulation, abortion care is highly
regulated subject to the medical professional council standard
and the civil criminal law that applies to all care. And
decriminalisation will ensure that women in Northern Ireland
have access to safe legal abortion in their country, 50
yores after it was granted to the rest of the UK. (applause)
a woman’s place is in her union, our union UNITE has progressing
policies on abortion rights that the health association is call
ing on UNITE and other union s to promote
decriminalisation and support the Labour Party to bring this
in as policy. So that in 50 years time the young women will
not have to come here and stand here and demand their rights.
Thank you (applause) .
>>Chair, conference, a proud member of Tottenham CLP. I am
going the address you on an issue that is dear to my heart.
The ticking time bomb that is , a problem of academic proportion
s on the 23rd April
2012 the CWU had a motion – suicide. During the debate,
informed delegates about a number of members taken their
own lives and the work the region had taken to combat it.
Went on to speak about the dark place he personally haddock pied
and how close he came to ending his own life. I was listening
in shock, having lost my own son to suicide 33 days earlier.
Every CWU conference since then had a passionate debate about
mental health. This year carries add motion to committing
developing a major strategy, to acover awareness, mapping,
engaging with employers and putting pressure on politicians.
In May this year, on announcing that the first ever global
ministerial health summit taking place in London in October.
Jeremy Hunt said: When you look at the prevalence and impact on
peoples lives, it is clear that mental health is becoming one of
the challenges of the 21st Century” the thought of Jeremy
Hunt lecturing Ministers it beg gars belief conference. The
reality of the Tory hypocrisy ex posed in head line after head
line. Here is just 3 this month . September this month.
BBC news, doctors mental health is at tipping point. The
Guardian, mental mental health issues in young people up 6 fold
. The observer, NHS mental health crisis worsens as 2,000,
2,000 staff quit per month. The Tories foster a society where we
are encouraged to be in competition and rewarded for
ruthlessness. Empathy and understanding are regarded as a
weakness. 1% of the world’s population owned half the wealth
. Children are bombarded with images that condition them
to feeling crap about themselves , the social, the
current social economic and political climate is creating a
environment in which people feel alienated and stressed. In
reality, we are living in a plut ocrisy, companies like
Amazon … we do not under estimate the government,
and their austerity has caused. Conference, I will leave you
with this. I was talking to a friend recently about the loss
of my son. He asked, with all your campaigning, what do you
know now that you didn’t know then? My response was, I didn’t
know, what I didn’t know it was okay to ask my son, whether he
was taking about his own life. Yet when the police knocked on
my door at 10:30 p.m. on the 21st March I knew what had
happened. This will haunt me for the rest of my life. Let me
tell you this, I will not rest until the inequalities and
oppression that leads people to desperation ends.Ly I will not
rest until Jeremy Corbyn is in Number 10. Will you join me?
>>Thank you (applause) .
>>Family support worker and a proud member of GMB trade union.
Conference, there are few that are by your side, except for our
treasured NHS which is there. The NHS doesn’t care how rich or
poor you are. It doesn’t care whether from the north or south.
It is there to care. That is until the Tories cut away the
services we desperately need. They sell off our NHS to the
highest bidder and deprive the workers from care assistants to
cancer nurses, porters to paramedics, the pay rises they
richly deserve. My union reject ed the lousy pay offer
which has seen NHS workers taking home yet another cut in
pay. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with the northwest
ambulance crews, waiting 13 long years for a job evaluation and
they are still waiting. I would like to say thank you to
Jonathan and the shadow health team for their support for the
NHS staff and for meeting with some of the paramedics in
Liverpool yesterday. Because when it comes to the NHS, for
every Labour member it is personal. beds at my local
hospital are cut. At my time is in life I worry whether the
services my parents will need now will be there in the future.
Conference, the NHS only ha z a future with the Labour Secretary
of State. A Labour Government in Westminster and Jeremy Corbyn
as Prime Minister.>>Before the next delegate. I
will go to this section and the centre right.>>Let me talk to you about in
equalities in our country. At school allocated free school
meals and classed as pupil premium. Despite feeling I had
a normal childhood because of this irrelevant fact I was deem
ed less likely to succeed at school. I was born in the
northeast, my life expectancy is almost 15 years shorter than
someone from the south. I had my first child at 19 making me a
teen parent which we all know means that this society I should
never amount to anything or even have aspirations. Then at 19
when I was renting a tiny terraced house, in an exmining
village, whilst pregnant, my private landlord didn’t fix the
damp on the walls o r the possible asbestos too. When my
son was 3 months old, we had no heating or hot water because it
wasn’t a priority to fix the boiler of a working class woman.
My temporary contract wasn’t ex tended when I was pregnant
with my second child because of a lucrative loophole in the
system. These are unfair in equalities to happen to one
person but it is worse. Now I live in the southwest and things
aren’t changing. The school that I work at has, it is
worried constantly that OFSTED might downgrade them and taken
over by a trust. I am a 26 year old white able-bodied person,
these injustices happen everyday to people who are disabled, BAME
, LGBTQ plus and all areas of our country. We need a
Labour Government to stop the in justices and ensure our NHS is
fully funded, our houses are not being bought by every landlord
going and that we can ensure a fairer society for the many and
not the few. Please support these motions. Thank you
(applause) .
>>Thank you I am here to speak about the national health. I
was born in August 1949 I am so lucky, if I had been born in May
1948 I wouldn’t be here, I was a 4 baby. I am an only
child. My father is a bus driver I would probably have
been left on the draining board to dry. Aged 7 I had a very bad
accident. The doctors said I wasn’t going to make the night.
I am still here. (applause) February the first 1986, I,
prior to giving birth to my daughter, I had an abruption. I
knew I had a hemorrhage, the ambulance came, took a look at
the blood, phoned for a paramedic and a doctor. I
didn’t know it was potentially fatal. I thought I was okay.
If I had known it was potential ly fatal I would have
panicked. But I am saying I am so lucky, I survived 3 times.
Ha is the chances of that? I am here, the only reason I am here
is because of the National Health Service as it was then
(applause) . To the photographer
s who are interested I will show you a little bit of
my scars, you are not seeing all of them. There is some of my scars. On my midriff, my back,
legs and face. That is how bad ly burned I was and the rules
of, probably 60%. Thank you for listening to my story.>>I am the youth delegate for
south Derbyshire CLP and this is my first conference. Thank you.
As the youth officer as well as the LGBT officer, (cheering)s
cheers thanks. I take it upon my myself, young people are
reliance on the functioning of a health service that will respond
to our needs. My concern, young LGBT people are more susceptible
to mental health problems. Discrimination, isolation and
ignorance can contribute to high statistics for mental health
problems within the UK. Comrade s the longer we stand by
and allow austerity to ravage our NHS, we become complicit in
the numberover challenges faced, when it fails to work for the
generation, it is minority
communities that suffer the most . Seeing the passion for
social justice by members of the Labour Party gives me hope for
the future, hope that I am on the right side of history by
being a member of this party. Hope that a government led by
Jeremy Corbyn will support all minorities and that young LGBT
people will no longer suffer in silence until it is too late.
Thank you (applause) .
>> Conference I am representing
St. Helens south and Whiton.
So this is my first conference and this is my first Labour
conference and this is my first time speaking although yesterday
I had a point of order. I am so excited to be here, I want to
applaud Jonathan Ashworth for the fantastic speech he made
this morning. I was at a seminar where you also spoke, I
have to say that the things you said, actually one of my
highlights so far. So thank you so much. (applause) I really
want to seize this opportunity to also add some you know, some
point to this issue of in equality because I don’t think
the talk about inequality will be complete without mentioning
just these 2 key issues I want to talk about. I don’t know if
I thank CLP for nominating me. I think I should thank them for
nominating me. Just to the 2 points I will talk about working
carers, maybe an oversight even though some people spoken about
carers but not really had you know, speeches or talking about
working carers, carers who look ing after elderly or
children or relatives who have a long term conditions they also
work as well. I have 2 children with special needs and this was
one of the major motivation for joining the Labour Party, I feel
this party is the only party that speaks my language. I also
feel that this party is the only party that can guarantee a
future for my children. That is why despite the exhaustion and
stress I face, managing the care of my 2 children and work, I
still, I still actually feel very passionate about the Labour
Party. I just – the issue of changing toilets. There is this
very surprising – the Mencap
website. Changing toilets, I don’t know whether the figure is
reason. Just imagine having adults who have long term
mobility issues and they can’t stand. They have to be changed
on the floor. There is no dignity in that. I don’t think
the talk about inequality is complete without mentioning
people who have to be changed on the floor and this will likely
continue for the rest of their lives. Even some major hospital
s don’t have a proper changing toilet. By the way, a
changing toilet is actually different to a regular disabled
toilet. You know, there is always this confusion you know,
between a changing place and a a regular toilet. So I just
really want you delegates, right
thinking people to think about these in your campaigns. Thank
you so much for this opportunity thank you. (applause) .
>>Good morning comrades and thank you Chair for … being a
health professional 35 years is not good enough health service
today. What Margaret Thatcher started it is still going on
today, so I will talk a little bit about health inequalities in
our total community of United Kingdom. By the way she was
called Dame Thatcher, can we take the “e” off and call her Da
m Thatcher! Health in equalities are not given, it
is given by the government policies. Any colleagues in the
environment, any – inequalities in the environment, housing,
education, not giving them de cent wage to buy good food,
house, central heating. So the most important thing is the soon
er we sort them out we will have good health. I heard this
morning our Health Minister say ing we will tackle, it is
very, very hard job they are leaving for us. We are not
going to say no, we will say, take them out today. The
difference of that is of people have different effect or impact
on their health. Talking about mental health this morning talk
about problems in the health this morning, it is important
that it doesn’t come from given issues by government policies.
If we can think what we can do, we start a child with good
education, like sure start, they
have closed almost all sure start centres. How can we
expect to give these children good education. Previous speak
ers talked about women’s conference. I was there,
everyone talked about poverty and not enough food or money.
Who has done it? Tories government. They are torn apart
, they are not Tory Government, they are turn
government. We must show them out. A researcher says that all
society deserves better. Everyone deserves good health.
How it will be done is only by us, the socialist in this hall
today and also the message going out globally. It is not going
the happen overnight, the mess they have made. It will take
time but we need to start here. (applause) .
>>Representing BAME Labour, speaking on the section of the
national policy forum report creating a more equal society.
Conference, Britain remains one of the most unequal country in
the developing world. There are deep levels of inequalities in
our communities. Many families are struggling to make ends meet
and in work poverty is at a record high. Levels of real
wages are lower today than 10 years ago. The government’s
policy on austerity measures widened the gap between rich and
poor. Pay gaps increasing, gender pay gap and racial pay
gap and the dis disability pay gap are widening, those on top
rates of pay and lowest wage is higher. Labour has the record
for fighting, and tackling discrimination in all its forms.
The Tories austerity policies are having a devastating effect.
We should be alarmed that black and employment levels are rising
at a rate faster than any time in a generation. Freezing many
black workers out of the labour market, employment opportunities
, access to higher education and decent housing.
Social mobility is now at an all time low. Levels of inequality
is rising, this is becoming more acute as many families plunge
deeper into poverty made worse as indicators continue to widen.
These are very worrying patterns . It is very disappoint
ing that the government’s approach has been
to weaken specific equality duties, abolishing the
requirements to carry out an equality impact assessment prior
to making changes to procedures, policies and practices. The
poorest part of the population have born the brunt of Britain’s
shrinking wage, we need to crack on executive pay. Houses
struggle to fuel and food. Services cut and the businesses
economies suffer, people fail to spend their decreeing income.
Equality should not be sacrificed in times of austerity
. In recent years equality has fallen off the
agenda. Conference BAME Labour
calls on our party to have the provisions in full of the pro
visions of the Act, to re store third party harassment
and root out discrimination and sexual harassment in society.
Conference please support thank you. (applause) .
>>Before the last speak speaker this section comes on, I will go
the the far left … coven
Coventry City of Culture former unison staff worker, regional
officer. I had a dream conference and I sat here this
morning and I have heard that dream realised. It is a dream I
have to thank Jonathan for, we have someone who will lead us on
health hopefully the next health secretary, saying all the things
we have longed to hear for so long. It is something about the
privatisation, it is about nurse bursaries it is about everything
that we know has gone on in the health service all these years
under the Tories and Jonathan is about to change all of that hope
fully. (applause) I worked in Mental Health Services most
of my life. I a whole lifetime it seems. We closed the old
institutions and the facilities, we filled the prisons and now
filling the streets. Most of the people on the streets are
suffering with mental health problems, drug addictions and
other addictions. There is a crisis in suicides with young
males we know that. That everything that we hear, the
universities, the, there is a probably not even the numbers we
can refer to where young people are attempting awe suicide,
young women self-harming. There is a crisis, when I was elected
a Councillor, I remember sitting on the health scrutiny board say
ing them, about the crisis we had. Nothing has changed I am
back now. I got elected last May. I sat there last week and
I heard the Chief Executive say ing to us, can’t defend the
indefensible, there is a crisis in children’s health and service
s. I have been lucky enough to see the difference it
makes with early intervention, where family helped. The whole
problem has been dealt with in a holistic way. The difference
that makes is unbelievable. Now I know the police and the first
responders for people with health problems, the crisis team
s, they are not there at times. Not enough early
intervention services. Not enough out of hours. I sat with
an extended family member in A ened E departments, some time
ago. They were having a psychotic episode. Expected to
sit there for 6 hours, same as anybody else with a medical
problem. It shouldn’t be this way, there are liaison nurses
but they are so busy. They actually can’t get to that
person and when that person walk s out and then you have to
deal with what happens to them. They can’t sit there for 6 hours
. It is the inequality that we raise. What mustn’t
treat people as second class citizens, I move (applause) .
>>Hello, panel, I am from Banbu ry CLP, first time delegate
and first time speaker. Just like to speak just to the NHS.
My mum was born just before the war. She suffered every
childhood illness that was going . She was lucky enough
because her parents at the time were wealthy enough to afford a
doctor and health care. She was then one of the first nurses to
be trained in the NHS. It was the only thing she wanted to do.
If she could have been a doctor at the time, talking of in
equalities she would have been . Went into health because
she felt she needed to work in all the communities to ensure
that everybody had access to good health from her own
experience as a child during the war and her own experience of
her father who was a socialist even though he came from a
family who had no interest in helping others. So that was
very much at her core. Became disabled, had a terrible
condition as she got older and had to retire earlier. She want
ed to come back home, her training in the NHS had allowed
her to travel to the United States and worked in one of the
largest public health hospitals in the world in New York and she
was dedicated to public health in that entire time. Was able
to come back and be served by the NHS which she had giverren
so much to. Was able to come back and be cared for, free at
point of use through her entire illness lasted for over 30 years
and then was able to die with dignity in the NHS, in our local
hospital and then subsequently taken care of by the hospice,
our hospital is threatened our maternity unit is closed. That
is where I had my son and had an emergency C section, where I
would have died and my son died had not the excellent workers
been available. It is a dis grace, a disgrace that mother
s now don’t have access to that same care. That our
hospital, many other hospitals and Trusts throughout our nation
are threatened. That is inquay
– inequality. When you don’t have access to health, how can
we be equal? When we are not well, how can we thrive? It is
essential that we do everything to back bringing a Labour
Government led by Jeremy Corbyn and the excellent Shadow Cabinet
, who should be the real cabinet in the real government
as soon as humanly possible so that no one else has to suffer
through the inequality of ill health and no one else has to be
shut out from fully participating. Thank you
conference (applause) .
>>Good morning conference. Good morning comrades. I am
from Oxford west, first time delegate and first time speaker.
Thank you Chair for calling people from the far left up this
morning I do appreciate it so much. I would like to say that
we have a wonderful NHS service. Don’t we? A remarkable NHS
service and as an inpatient myself with a long term illness
and disability I appreciate the care and the commitment of the
dedicated staff that have kept many e alive. In 1980, 38 years
ago the black report was publish ed, it talked about
health inequalities, the focus was on health inequality. It
was published over a bank holiday weekend by the Thatcher
government. She tried to suppress that report, do you
remember it? She tried to kick it into touch because it found
that there was so much health in equalities within the UK and
that was because of economic in equality. Dr Julian Tudor
Heart, was committed as a GP in Glyncorrwg, who wrote up to the
end of his life. Said of the black report, the health service
was inverted. It was back to front and upside down. Our
health service today is not inverted. But our government is
! It is back to front and upside down. We need to kick it
into touch! Jeremy needs to go into Number Ten and he needs to
go in quick! Thank you Jonathan for such an impassioned, thank
you for a wonderful speech. You will be a wonderful Health
Minister, there is no doubt about that. We have to stop austerity. We have to put
health o promotion at the top of the agenda. I live in a city
where if you happen to live in the north of the city, you will
live far more longer than if you live further away. Why should
that be the case, we have to put an end to this and an end to
this we will thank you (applause) .
>>The next delegates seats …>>I am the delegate from Eastle
igh, I want to speak in favour of the motion, the
chronic underfunding of health provision in your local area – I
want to be cheeky, first conference I want to offer my
support and solidarity to worker s in my community. They
are on strike after their bosses offered them a real term pay cut
. Solidarity! Thank you (applause). I want to talk
about mental health. I will talk about my own experiences,
to illustrate how horrible it has been. There is a lack of
integrated services I have been on the waiting list before in
one area for 12 months for therapy. Then moved one mile
down the road because my tenancy ended. I am now in a different
Trust and now at the bat Tom of the waiting list, insecure
housing leads to insecure care. There is (applause) – thank you.
There is a collapse of crisis support overnight the emergency
number is a mobile phone held by 2 people whilst they are already
working trying to help people. If you are in crisis and
suicidal. If you are, you can’t cope with what is going on, you
call them and they are unable to help. All they can offer you,
to make a cup of tea and they might be able to call you back
tomorrow. As often as not they don’t call you back. Complex
conditions are ignored. If you are on a waiting list for
therapy, for something like depression, you might develop
another set of problems such as an eating disorder, you are
denied access to any other type of mental health support. This
would be considered a moral, if not illegal if it was for a
physical condition. Theresa May
say she wants party, I despair for those with physical health
conditions if that is her offer ing for mental health.
Friends and loved ones are not therapist, they are not often
able to help and burdened with further quilt when talking did
not help, we need to return to the principles of the NHS,
comprehensive, well funded therapeutic health for all.
Thank you very much conference. Thank you .
>>Been a delegate before, this is my first time speaking.
(applause) been trying to get up here for days and no one taken
notice of me, thank you for pick ing me. If we are talking
about inequality, we need to talk about joined up thinking.
At the moment, the welfare State all of it and the education, the
National Health Service; it is not well, it is not fair, it is
in a right old state. You really need to enforce the
Equality Act for disadvantaged groups as we have talking about
BAME and disabled people. A lot more work needs to be done on
all the policies. It doesn’t actually talk about how it is
going to be implemented. My own
story, I had a brain hemorrhage when I was 8 years old and at
the time in 1980, I died on the
brain scan machine, the doctors told my mum, turn the machines
off. My mum didn’t listen, after I recovered (applause)
there was physiotherapy, there was speech therapy, there was
occupational therapy all in place when I needed it. I am
thankful forever for the NHS and all the other services that came
with it. Fast forward 30 years my dad had health problems, went
in for an operation at King’s college hospital in London. Had
a problem where his blood didn’t clot it is a bit like hemophilia
, lots of pre-operate stuff but because of the cuts he
was not taken care of. They had to do pre-ops to do – if they
didn’t give him enough clotting agents, he would die or – he was
, he was in high dependency, he was put in just a side ward,
so wasn’t monitored properly and as a result he died 2 days later
because of a, it wasn’t sown up properly and he bled out. As we
are talking about inequality, I would like you to go back to
your constituencies to everybody that is criticising a possible
Labour Government in whichever direction it takes, national
isation, privateisation whatever, say what would it take
for you to take ownership of this National Health Service
which is ours. This welfare state is ours, what will it take
? How many more tragedies will it go through before you –
you just rubbish the Tory austerity plan (applause) one
thing I need to say before I go, is I was speaking to a Grenfell
survivor at the weekend. She said, the crime is in the policy
and the policy makers are policing themselves. So if
nothing else, you need to take note of that, no matter what the
policy is, we are talking about, we need to take ownership thank
you. (applause) .
>>First time delegate and first time speaker. I did not intend
to speak, as you can see from my relaxed attire. I am a GMB
convener. Prior to 2010 I work ed for children services.
Congress there can be no doubt the Tories have carved up the
NHS. They gave responsibility for the majority of public
health prevention to local authorities. Congress, you may
not this this is a bad idea, however the Tories did this and
then decimated local authority funding. (applause) what has
this meant? This has meant a reduction to sexual health
services. Health check programmes, national child
measurements, public health advice on obesity, physical
activity, substance misuse and the 5 to 18 health check
programmes. Congress, this is an outrage that funding to ill
health prevention has been slash ed as our society an health
is declining and our life expectancy has stalled. It make
s sense that the NHS should focus on the treatment and also
prevention of ill health. Please support Labour to not
only increase life expectancy but to increase the quality of
life for all. (applause) .
>>I will take 3 more delegates from the section .
>>Good morning. First time delegate and speaker. Life ex
peak tanSY are the lowest in
the world. Yesterday was announced that the Scottish life
expectancy fell for the first time in 35 years, fell for both
men and women. Report: Up equalities in the distribution,
wealth and power, manifest in how long people live and how
healthy their lives are lived. Health inequalities not just
about health services and life styles or behaviours; they are
about justice. We believe that health inequalities are an
infringement on our human rights . To prepare for
government we have already selected our Westminster
candidate. From all woman short list we picked Pam a activist.
We think she is the person to
win back Glasgow north. Skills and training to – spear head
equality, then speak to the trade union delegates in the
hall. They have 150 years of doing that, doing it before this
party existed. We fight together for the most basic of
human rights, we fight for the ones that need to know that they
are not alone. We fight for equality. Thank you conference
and chair (applause) .
>>Conference, speak on behalf of UNITE the union. Conference,
I have worked in the NHS for over 40 years. I am a trained
nurse (applause) midwife and I now work as a health visitor in
a sure start children’s centre in the southeast. I spoke to
you last year about the challenges facing my profession.
I am sad to say the situation is getting worse. When I first
started nursing here in my own City of Liverpool, I, all those
years ago, I really loved my job , I loved going to work
everyday. It was a pleasure. But now, conference, I am sad to
say I can’t wait to finish my working week. My profession
health visiting remains under severe threat and the service we
are now able to provide is being eroded day by day. We face
continual cuts lack of resources , private sayings,
privatisation and over worked. Many of us completing our
electronic record in our own time to keep up. We have
pressure from unrealistic target s and key performance
indicators. There is a culture, there is a fear culture if you
speak out in the NHS. This vicious cycle of pressure is
often leading to ill health amongst my colleagues, where
many going off with work related stress. Conference we have seen
a staggering 20% drop in health visitor numbers since 2015.
Other professions are fairing no better. Pathology and pharmacy,
Mental Health Services nurses,
mental health nurses, NHS staff facing cuts and further
privatisation, private companies like virgin health care are
hoovering up services. I didn’t become a nurse to line pockets.
(applause). I went into nursing because I wanted to work in a
caring profession and to be honest conference, a little
secret, I don’t give a stuff about shareholders but I do care
about the lady on my case load who came to me desperate in tear
s because her daughter’s dis ability living allowance has
been cut because she only has 10 fits per night instead of 20.
Can you believe that? Across the NHS unions like my own UNITE
are fighting back for the services they deliver. As my
General Secretary Len McCluskey said in the debate on Monday we
need to kick the capitalists out of our NHS!
>>Thank you delegate. (applause).
>>The only solution for our NHS is a radical socialist
government led by our leader Jeremy Corbyn, let’s go all out
and make sure we go back to our constituencies and we make that
happen thank you (applause) .
>>Thank you, I am Michael, youth delegate from Wigan. I
want to go back to the point of
made of Carillion. A woman from UNISON made before about the
solutions in Wigan, we held that back because this the, the NHS
needs to be under public ownership. It is for the people
; not profit! What I am up here today to talk about is
mental health provision in this country. It is absolutely dire
and disgusting. I suffer from anxiety and depression myself, I
can tell you the services available, cognitive behavioural
therapy, it is not enough at all , it speaks volumes when
there has been a Minister and one doesn’t exist over this Tory
Government. It is just not good enough for all, who is Jeremy
Hunt what services we should access, we need better
facilities, he is a disgrace to this country when he was a
health secretary. We need as well as Labour Party policy, we
need people to work together on the ground and partnership
instead of apart. We need the NHS wellbeing teams, local Councillors, employers to tackle
health problems. We need more funding and we need more
facilities and we definitely need more support for people who
are suffering. We continue to walk over people in mental
health. We need a socialist Labour Government, led’s help
people for the better and thank
you Jonathan and conference (applause) .
>>I will take the last 3 .
>>I have appreciated all who have spoken, if you have spoken
in the last few days, please let the ones speak who haven’t
spoken.>>I am a Councillor in Coventry
south. I was elected this May where we kicked out the Tories
after 22 years (applause) just a
couple of more plugs, please come to Coventry, the City of
Culture in 2021 and the European City of sport in 2019. What I
wanted to talk about was the link between economic inequality
and health inequality. I want to tell you about important
pieces of research, national research that was undertaken by
an alliance of think tanks including the women’s group and
runny mede trust. Seeking to understand how women’s ethnic
groups and women are impacted are changes to tax, benefit and
the loss of public services. Even they, even they were shock
ed by what they found. Not just that BAME women are likely
to be amongst the hardest hit but the distressing scale of the
impact. Now we all talk about austerity, in terms of pounds
and money, for instance 37 billion a year in cuts for
spending on social security by 2020. But do we know and do we
understand the full reality of austerity and how it is affect
ing peoples lives and their health? Let me tell you.
I witnessed firsthand the upsetting dilemma facing a
family in Coventry, where a mother spoke of agony of whether
to send the son to university or their daughter. They couldn’t
afford to pay for both. I feel conference that we all know too
well how that story has ended. Conference, these are the silent
losers, these are the silent victims of austerity. A young
woman who wants to go to university potentially denied
because of the gendered impact of austerity and her family’s
ability to fund both their children. Theresa May said she
wanted to hold up a mirror to British society and reveal un
comfortable truths. Let me tell you. That many young
people and in particular young women may never be able to real
ise their potential and contribute to society and never
be able to contribute to our economy because they are the
silent victims of yours and your governmental austerity policies
and there is no justice in that what so ever thank you.
(applause) (cheering) .
>>I am standing here today principally because I had 21
years working in the pit. I am old enough to remember the
creation of the National Health Service just after the Second
World War. The reason I am still living is because of the
treatment that I have had at the hands of the National Health
Service that was set up by Nye Bevan and his mates in that
wonderful government of 1945 to 1950. That is why when we talk
about Jeremy Corbyn and electing him to power, wouldn’t it be
wonderful to get somebody to mirror what happened in 1945!
(cheering) (applause). I hope that I am still in parliament
because I want to nationalise something every week (laughter).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful? When I said to me dad, I know this Cl
em Attlee he is the leader, what about the rest dad, I am
only 12. He says he has got good men and women around him.
We have today, the reason I am speaking (applause) is because
now we have got a front bench created by Jeremy Corbyn, a
rising out of that magnificent
spur in the numbers of people joining the party, now nearly
600,000 from 200,000, Blair and Brown tried to get rid of the
debt, Harold Wilson tried to get rid of the debt and Jim
Callaghan. Along comes Jeremy Corbyn and the debt has been re
paid! (applause) wouldn’t it
be wonderful if we had a Labour Government to start making sure
we repaid the debts of society as a result of these stature and
the this tedious Theresa
government that we have had re cently and together with the
liberals and the DUP, she hands out a hundred million to every
member of the DUP it is like a R analdo payment (laughter)
(applause) but we are here to talk about the National Health
Service. I have to tell you, I wouldn’t be on this rostrum if I
hadn’t had been successful with a big operation in 1999 when I
went in there, I was bleeding, passing blood, and I knew that I
had got a big problem. I was treated by an Irishman with a
wonderful Irish brogue. He
whispered to me as we came out of the operating theatre “I
think I have got it all” you can’t get words like that
anywhere else! (applause) those words were like magic to me.
That is because of the national ised publicly owned
national health service. I go the parliament to the palace of
varieties and I look across at those Tories and nearly everyone
has got private insurance. They were the people that voted
against the National Health Service; not the exact people,
but people like them in 1947 when they voted against it
several times because they didn’t want a publicly owned
National Health Service and look at the wonders that they have
been able to create. When I had a heart bypass, in 2003 I will
never forget that steady hand of the doctor that found a way from
my groin, straight into is my heart and I watched every move
ment and I thought if he makes a slip, then that is the
end. There will be no more speeches at the Labour Party
conference!>>Speaker thank you,.
>>He did it and the result was that I am still here! Then I had
, I had a hip replacement and I because of the wonderful NHS I
can walk backwards! (cheering) (applause).
>>Thank you delegate.>>I finish on this, I told the
UKIP man in parliament, I have got a United Nations bypass, I
had it in the London hospitals, I had a Malasian surgeon,
Nigerian registrar, a dutch doctor. The list goes on, I had
a Syrian cardiologist and I told the UKIP man, if you send all
the people back from whence they came, half of London would be
dead in 6 months! That is it. Thank you very much! >>No pressure hey! First time
at conference. First time speak ing. Just going to step a
side so you can see my shirt. As you can tell from my accent I
am from the north London constituency of Chipping bar net
. I can imagine you know what I am going to be speaking
about. I will be brave. We are short on time. I am here to re
mind us about the emergency motion about the building of the
hospital in Liverpool. We have suffered under privatisation, we
have suffered severely, a man from UNISON, I am sure some of
you know him has been speaking about this for years and I am
part of an organisation with him . The Barnet alliance for
public services. We have been fighting privatisation, it is
supposed to save council’s money . It doesn’t save anything
. It undermines our public services. We have to
stop it. This is a message to you, solidarity to you in
Liverpool. To everyone across the country. Be careful and
mindful. If they talk about privatising, stop it from the
beginning. I will give you a few figures, she says with her
mobile phone. We are supposed to be saving money, the over
spend is 9.5 million. Predicting overspend of
19 million. The year after that 34 million then 42 million over
spend. Capita, I ask you, what have you done for us?
Diminished our public services and not saved us anything.
Solidarity to you in Liverpool and thank you Dennis for speak
ing before me.>>Thank you. I am here to make
2 pleas to the national policy
forum particularly in relation to the MPF, first for equality
and inclusion, and a framework that will better address the
social determinance of health. Let me come to the question of
inclusion, as a first time delegate I have been delighted
to see the disabled members, women members, BAME members, LGB
TQ members called to speak at the platform. That inclusion
here is not reflected in the MPF document that we have. I am
specifically referring to a paragraph on page 61 which state
s when planning new service s it is important that
these groups are “considered.” This is not good enough really.
Inclusion should be a starting point for all policy, not an
afterthought considered at the end. (applause) this brings me
to my next point about integrated policy framework.
What struck me about reading the whole MPF is how many silos it
was. I was so excited to see that the health section was call
ed tackling health in equality, it is a particular
passion of mine. But left me feeling that some of it had miss
ed the point because to me, tackling health inequality in a
public health sense is meets addressing the social
determinance of health. A concept developed by a Professor
, who we have working in university college. His work
shows that there is a gradient, health is on a gradient from
rich to poor. It shows that it is the conditions in which you
are born in which you grow, in which you are educated in which
you live and work, that determine your health. Far more
than anything else or anything I will do for you as a doctor. In
our future Labour Government it is John McDonnell and John
Healey far more man John Ashworth that will dictate our
health. Sorry John, I have been amazed and inspired by the
policy of all the Johns but to maximise the potential for
benefit to our nation’s health it must be integrated with
public health workers in the treasury, in the Department of
Health, in education, everywhere , so. In the end
conference, I really support and do welcome John’s pledges. I
also support the reference back because as a doctor, on the
front line we urgently need a fully funded universal publicly
owned publicly provided NHS, free tat point of use for
everybody in this country. If we are rebuilding this country,
and rebuilding Britain as I am hearing from conference we are
going to do, let’s do it right first time with inclusive and
integrated policies. Thank you.>>Thank you to all our speakers
. Did you feel the passion and energy in the room? Point of order?>>Sorry to do this now, but
there is a group of people whose voice has not been heard at this
conference. Adults with learn ing disabilities. They
have been hit by austererty
every which way and so have their carers, I would like to
speak for them but I have been denied the opportunity.>>Conference.>>Thank you. Point of order,
being that you said yourself yesterday and today, that you
can’t see the whole hall. Can I suggest next year, that you have
stewards around the hall picking people out? Thanks Chair .
>>Thank you. At the beginning I apologised because I wouldn’t
be able to pick every person that has put their hand up.
Probably over 1800 people in the room today. Absolutely
appreciate the support that we have had and the request for
people that have spoken before to not put their hand up again.
But everyone that has spoken and hasn’t spoken we hear because we
are members of the Labour Party and everyone of you are amazing
and community activists making a difference. I will continue
back to my script thank you. (applause) conference our final
speaker this morning is Dawn Butler. (cheering) (applause) but before she addresses you, we
have a short video. (applause).
>>First time I seen that video, it was brilliant. Good morning
conference. Chair, conference.
Speaking for the first time as a Shadow Minister and speaking for
the last time as a Shadow Minister. You see what I did there? I want to thank the
equalities team, Carolyn Harris, Na z Shah, Baroness Anita and
for the work they do and holding the Tories to account. Rebuild
ing Britain for the many and not the few. We know this
is our vision, but what will this look like under the next
Labour Government? Almost all of our equality laws have been
made under previous Labour Governments. This Conservative
Government continues to destroy hard won equality rights that
Labour and the trade unions have fought really hard for.
Everywhere we look, your rights being eroded or removed. For
far too long the Tory Government treated equality as an add on
and afterthought. The Tories have had 7 different ministers,
4 different departments and a budget that has almost been
halved. 2018 is the year where the Tory Government institution
ally racist policies have been exposed. The hostile
environment and the damage they have done to the Windrush
generation will never be for given nor forgotten. Nor
should it be. My parents were
invitedded here from Jamaica. My parents worked so hard and my
dad never took a day off sick in his life. They paid their taxes
and raised their children well – as I am sure you will agree –
(laughter), now the Windrush generation, in their years, when
they should be enjoying retirement are confronted with ”
go home, you are no longer British, you are surplus to
requirements” this could have been my parents, shame, absolute
ly. This could have been my parents. After giving
their blood, sweat and tears to rebuild Britain, they are dis
guarded like trash. This was no mistake or unintended
consequences by Theresa May and her hostile environment was by
design. Sadly, this hostile environment has not been re
served just for the Windrush generation. Under universal
credit women are set to lose 1,400 a year, and if you are a
black woman, you lose even more. Older people seen a reduction in
services with home visits last ing as little as 15 minutes.
How many in this conference can wash eat and get changed in 15
minutes. Don’t forget the 50’s women, cheated out of their
pensions (applause) disabled
people, you have been treated so badly by this government’s
austerity policy that the United Nations have said, it is a
systematic violation of your rights. (applause) black Asian
minority ethnic people, the government’s own race disparity
audit, highlighted that the policies have a detriment effect
on you, from justice to education and employment. They
refuse to rectify it. People of faith, since Brexit seen hate
crime increase by 29% and the LG BTQ plus community, the last
month seen increasing five fold. With transstudents attempting
suicide. I could go on talking about the many things that
mitigate against the fairer society. I want to talk about
what a Labour Government would do. A Labour Government will
put equality centre stage and the central thread across all of
government. We will create a stand alone women and equalities
department. For the first time headed by a Secretary of State.
We will develop and deliver a national equality strategy, lead
on reducing discrimination and inequalities. This is enforced
through all machinery of government. Labour will deliver
a fairer society for the many. We will equality proof all
legislation before, during and after implementation ensuring
that no individual group is un fairly discriminated against
by our laws. This will prevent another Windrush scandal ever
happening again. Labour’s new
equality department will work alongside other departments to
implement up to 10 days paid leave for those suffering from
domestic abuse. (applause) change the law so that people
can bring forward cases of multiple grounds of
discrimination. Strengthen Equality and Human Rights Commission. Integrate the the –
ensure that British sign language is given full legal
status, reessential tabbish will a women’s national commission.
Launch the emancipation educational trust. Supply free
sanitary products, in schools, colleges and homeless shelters
to end period poverty.
Conference all of this will commence in our first time of
office. I know what you are thinking. I know what you are
thinking. How will we find time to sleep? (laughter). Who need
s sleep when the next Labour Government will be the most
progressive aspirational government in this country’s
history! The privileged few and
the mainstream media try to tell us that it can’t be done. Don’t
believe them. It can. In reality, what is wrong with
those at the very top getting a little less so that those at the
bottom can get a little more. I wouldn’t class that as radical
would you? Labour Government will rebuild Britain for the
many not the few. Conference, there are many people in our
country who want to revolt against the cruel injustices of
the Tories. But there are so many obstacles. They want their
voices to be heard but unfair obstacles overpower them. They
want a better life but at every turn there is a different
obstacle to overcome. Conference, I am Labour because
my parents told me how the Labour Party made them feel
welcome when they came from Jamaica. Labour stands for fair
ness, equality and justice. It is imperative that we are
united and keep people like my parents and the many who
desperately need a Labour Government at the forefront of
our minds. And the many who lead us to overcome the obstacle
s, the Tories have put in their way. This isn’t just a
question of spending money, it is a question of fairness. To
build the fairer society we must tackle all of the injustices,
the fairer society should be judged on the fact that we
measure success by the obstacles we overcome. Conference the
time to overcome is now. It is time that we overcome these
obstacles, if we are to fulfil our vision for the many. Not
the few. Conference, I believe we can overcome, together united
, we shall overcome.
(applause) (cheering) we shall overcome some day, deep in my
heart, I do believe we shall
overcome some day. Some day soon. Conference, look around
you. Look around you. We are the many. We are the many.
Actually turn to someone, shake their hands and say “we are the
many” we are, we are the many.
There are many, many more and they need Labour the make our
country fairer to level the play ing field; to empower them;
to break down the obstacles for them, conference, let’s be
united and fight for a Labour Government of the many and not
the few. Thank you very much. (applause) (cheering) love you
too! >>Thank you Dawn! Let’s
continue. We will shortly have adjournment for the hall to be
prepared for the leader’s speech . I would love to say the
man, the legend, the myth, – let me go back to the script sorry.
Before we do that, we must make, we must take the notes on today
Osamor business. Firstly, the emergency motion to build Royal
Liverpool Hospital moved by UNITE. Can I see all those in
favour of the motion. And all
those against. I think that is carried unanimous. Okay next
the reference back on the health and social care policy
commission annual report. Which was moved by Chingford and Wood
ford green. The sentence beginning the NHS motion and
page 67 section on privatisation and the future of the NHS
paragraph 2 sentence beginning a focus of the commission in
future will be. Can I see all those in favour of referring
back these sections to the policy commission for further
consideration? Those against? Next the reference back in the
name of Sheffield Hallam CLP of the section of private sayings
and the future of the NHS on page 67 of the report. Can I
see all those in favour of referring back these sections? Those against? That is carried.
Unanimous – no? No okay. The next the reference back of the
section on social care on page 68 move this morning, can I see
all those in favour of reference back? Those against? Carried.
Can we now vote on the health and care policy commission
annual report on pages 55 to 69 of the MPF report as amended by
the references back which have been passed. Can I see all
those in favour of accepting the report? Those against? That is
carried. We must also now formally vote on the National
Executive Committee report, can I see all those in favour of
accepting this report in ? Those
against. Carried. Thank you. (applause) conference, we will
now adjourn until 12:15 you may remain in your seat if you wish,
don’t move! Okay. If you leave
the hall and do not return by 11:55 please be aware that your
seat maybe allocated to someone else. We will need every seat
in the hall so think about it! Thank you so much everybody.

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