'Jeremy Corbyn's policies no longer sound like bonkers 1968 socialism' says Polly Toynbee

Labour Party Conference: 'Success has given Jeremy Corbyn confidence', says journalist

Jeremy Corbyn ave a speech at the party conference

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's policies no longer sound like they've been dredged from the depths of "bonkers 1968 socialism" according to renowned journalist Polly Toynbee.

The Labour leader gave a speech at the Labour Party conference today (September 27) where he criticised the Tories over Brexit and spoke out about abuse received by Diane Abbott.

Yoynbee told Sam Delaney that whilst "the collapse of the Tory party and in their total disarray has made it a lot easier for an opposition leader to look like a reasonable alternative" Corbyn's success is "really because of the extraordinary turnaround that happened in the middle of the general election campaign, the moment that Labour published their manifesto.

"Success makes leaders better. He sounds competent, he sounds confident, he doesn't sound defensive he sounds on top of his game because there’s nothing like winning to improve a leader's standing."

But she also believes the idea that "victory is in his grasp has also brought around him a whole lot of people, a lot more serious about how you make policy, how you make it convincing, how you prepare policies if you do come into power."

Listen to the full interview above