Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn hits out at abuse of Diane Abbott and criticises Tories over Brexit

Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn hits out at abuse of Diane Abbot and criticises Tories over Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has given a speech at the Labour conference

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has given a speech at the Labour Party conference where he hit out at the abuse of Diane Abbott and criticised the Conservatives over Brexit.

The Labour leader spoke about the coverage of the election campaign which he says “fuelled abuse online. No-one was a target of that more than Diane Abbott."

Corbyn said that the abuse she received was intolerable. He also criticised the Tories, who he says have "tracked down the magic money tree" but used it to keep Theresa May in power.

He claimed that although Labour "didn’t do quite well enough [in the general election] and we remain in opposition for now," the party has "become a government in waiting" adding that Labour is "on the threshold of power."

On Brexit he called on the Tory government to "pull yourself together or make way” as he claims its Brexit team is "more interested in posturing for personal advantage than in getting the best deal for the country.

“Never was the national interest so ill-served on such a vital issue.”

He also announced that he wants to "introduce mandatory equal pay auditing for large employers," adding that the party is ready to fight climate change, put "peace and justice" at the heart of its foreign policy and build a new relationship with Europe.

However many on Twitter have had a mixed reaction to the speech, take a look at the reaction below