I attended the Labour Pier Head pre-conference rally on Saturday evening here in Liverpool by the Mersey. People’s spirits were in no way dampened by the drizzly weather as big names John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn were speaking. There was a fantastic atmosphere with great music from local bands The Christians and The Farm, wrapped up by the super loud Captain Ska. Liverpool is buzzing this Saturday evening with a mood of expectancy ‘cos the Labour Conference is in town!

Jeremy spoke about fighting poverty, inequality and homelessness. He loves Liverpool and its people, who have always made him welcome. He had visited the Slavery Museum in the morning and was very moved and urged us all to go. He vowed to eliminate modern slavery and the inequalities suffered by working families.

John spoke of Labour’s plans to tax corporations and tax evaders and redistribute that wealth by building council houses and abolishing student fees. He also promised the renationalisation of utilities. McDonnell joked that Theresa May’s infamous magic money tree really does exist – “it’s buried in the Cayman Islands”, which is of couse the offshore tax haven used by the rich to hide their wealth from fair taxation. He said he would dig it up and move it back to the UK!

You can read a report from the Liverpool Echo on the rally here.

Kate Wregglesworth

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