At 5pm Anne Greenslade and I headed to the Hilton Metropolitan for the Welcome Reception for members. We handed out leaflets advertising our LI book We Are Women: Hear Us Roar and had the chance to present copies to John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn.
When I told John McDonnell where I was from he asked about LI’s reference back to the report from the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC). I told him what I knew and he listened with great interest.
He was followed by Angela Rayner who made a short rousing speech and then introduced Jeremy. Jeremy told of his huge admiration for Jennie Formby and how – even during difficult times – she rang into the office every day. Instead of worrying about herself, she would express concern for the pressure Jeremy was subjected to. Jeremy repeated his analogy between Remain voters struggling with low incomes, poor housing, and so on in Islington with Leave voters struggling with low incomes, poor housing, and so on, say, in Macclesfield. That is, the main problem is not whether people vote Remain or Leave it’s how they are battling with the effects of austerity policies. By giving voters a choice between a social Brexit and a social Remain option, only Labour can hope to unite both sides of the country.
Finally, Emily Thornberry spoke in her usual energetic style. She argued that, while we should campaign vigorously, we should also always do so in a fair and non-abusive way, however irritating and unfair the attacks by political opponents might be.