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The one day conference will hear from a number of world-leading experts to discuss the current state of the UK economy including: Ha-Joon Chang, Paul Mason, Linda Yueh, Jonathan Portes, Adam Marshall (Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce), Len McCluskey (Unite General Secretary) and Helen Walbey from the Federation of Small Businesses.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the conference in the afternoon and there will be a keynote speech by John McDonnell in the morning.
Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Business Secretary, and Labour’s entire Shadow Treasury team will be attending and chairing sessions throughout the day and the ideas that are discussed will help to inform Labour’s economic policy making.
Filming opportunities: Speech by John McDonnell 11.00 – 11.20, Speech by Jeremy Corbyn 16.10 – 16.30
When: 1030 for a 1100 start for John McDonnell’s speech. 1545 for a 1610 start for Jeremy Corbyn’s speech. Saturday 21 May 2016.
Where: Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ
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John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, will say that Labour can “rescue” the European Union referendum debate from Conservative infighting by making a positive case for Britain to remain in the EU.
Speaking a day after his predecessor Ed Balls appeared alongside George Osborne in a hangar at Stansted airport to promote the message that Britain is stronger in Europe, McDonnell will say Labour has its own, distinctive argument about “hope and solidarity” to bring to the debate.
“I want to rescue the debate from the negativity and ‘Project Fear’ coming from all sides of the Tory party,” he will tell an audience at the TUC in London.
“The referendum resulted from the splits in the Conservative party and their fear of Ukip, and as a result the debate has degenerated and brought out the worst in Westminster politics.”
Senior Conservatives have repeatedly clashed over the referendum in recent days, with Boris Johnson accusing the prime minister of “totally demented” scare-mongering, and the Treasury of talking down the British economy, while the chancellor accused the leave camp of stoking conspiracy theories about an establishment stitch-up.
Speculation is rife that the David Cameron could face a leadership challenge once the referendum is out of the way, even if the public vote to remain in the EU. Eurosceptic backbenchers have become increasingly irritated at the tightly controlled campaign to convince voters of the risks of leaving, which many see as a cynical “Project Fear” approach.
McDonnell, like his leader and close ally Jeremy Corbyn, has previously been lukewarm about the EU, but he is now promising to throw himself...
These elections have confounded the doomsayers. The Tories and their friends in the media arrogantly thought they had destroyed the Labour Party last May. However, we have proved them wrong.
As against many predictions to the contrary, we have held councils in key election battlegrounds like Southampton, Norwich, Harlow, Derby, West Lancashire, Nuneaton and Cannock Chase. And we have gained seats from the Tories in places like Birmingham and Daventry, and from others in Sunderland, Cambridge, and Newcastle.
We have also won both by-elections with large majorities and increased our shares of the vote. In Sheffield Brightside, Gill Furniss won with a majority of almost 10,000 with a 5.8 per cent increase in the share of the vote. In Ogmore, Chris Elmore won a majority of 8,575.
In addition, we have retained power in Wales and seen off the Tories in all their targets seats, plus a win in Llanelli is another excellent result as it was Plaid Cymru’s top target seat.
Of course things didn’t go the way we wanted everywhere. In Scotland we’re obviously disappointed with the result, although just a year after Labour lost all but one of our MPs, no-one thought that this was an election where the test for Labour was whether we increased our number of MSPs.
Yet there was still some good news to build on as we won seats in East Lothian, Edinburgh Southern and Dunbarton.
But we must not forget that the Tories said we should judge Jeremy Corbyn in these elections on how well we do in London. And by that measure we have done incredibly well.
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