Reacting to the speech today (Wednesday) by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “That speech was inspiring. We heard a Labour leader draw a very clear line under the failed policies of the past, policies that have caused despair and division in our communities, and then set out a distinctive, different, positive Labour programme for the country.

“People watching at home will have heard something very new. They will be hearing a leader say that his party, the Labour party, will put their interests front and centre.

“Decent jobs, strong and secure public services, humane treatment for the vulnerable in our society, a future for our children that we can all be proud of.

“When it comes to Brexit, Corbyn exposed the Tories for their ideological zealotry, a creed that sees their leading figures line their pockets while lowering the living standards of the rest of us.

"Above all, they will have heard a prime minister-in-waiting, one that is leading the only party capable of putting their interests and that of the country first - and that party is Labour.

“The game is up Theresa May. You and your party are a busted flush. If you have one shred of decency left, you’ll do the right thing - call a general election and give this country and its people the hope of a better future.”

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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.