Oh Jeremy Corbyn: TUC Congress delegates lap up Labour leader’s speech

Written by Rod Muir on 12 September 2017 in Diary

Watch: Now trade unions have got involved in the Corbyn chant.

Jeremy Corbyn was given a rapturous reception at the TUC Congress, after he attacked right-wing newspapers and urged young people to join trade unions to protect their rights.

The Labour leader told delegates that he wanted to send a message out to the thousands of young people who have joined the Labour Party in recent months.

"If you want a job that pays a decent wage, gives you the chance to get on in life, live independently and enjoy your work, then join a trade union. Do it today," he said.

Corbyn also hit out at sections of the media for their portrayal of unions. But he then suggested that delegates should not worry too much about it because of the declining power of traditional media.

He said: "Trade unions are often demonised in the right-wing press. I know it’s a shock that billionaire tax dodging press barons don’t like trade unions. And they don’t like us because our movement, through which the values of solidarity, community and social justice run like a thread from top to bottom, our movement challenges unaccountable power of both government and bosses.

"But of course the power of the billionaires, who control great chunks of the media, isn’t what it was. They tried to dictate the election result in June with a blizzard of propaganda and millions of voters simply ignored them."

Delegates then showed their appreciation in a manner that the Labour leader is becoming used to – by adapting Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.



The chant, more commonly sung at sports fixtures, was first aired in May at a concert in Tranmere and prompted former deputy prime minister John Prescott to declare on Twitter: "Something is definitely happening."

Throughout the general election campaign many Labour supporters used the chant to show support for the party leader before it became the surprise soundtrack to the Glastonbury festival.









Picture by: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

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