Labour conference: Jeremy's pledge on rail

30 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has made an unequivocal pledge to bring Britain’s railways back into public ownership.

Addressing conference in his keynote leader’s speech on Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy said: ‘I want to thank Lilian Greenwood, our Shadow Transport Secretary, for the speed and skill with which she has moved policy on the future of our railways forward. It was wonderful to see conference this morning agree our new plan to bring private franchises into public ownership as they expire. Labour’s policy now is to deliver the fully integrated, publicly owned, railway the British people want and need. That’s the Labour policy, that’s the one we’ll deliver on.’

Tosh McDonald, ASLEF’s executive committee president, spoke from the podium during the transport plenary session in the morning to which Jeremy refers.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, chaired a Justice for Colombia panel – including Seumas Milne of The Guardian; Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Central; Richard Howitt MEP; Tony Lloyd, Mayor of Greater Manchester; Tony Woodhouse of Unite; and Mariela Kohon of JfC – in the Alexandra room of the Grand Hotel.

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