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Angela Rayner promises New Deal for Working People in Labour conference barnstormer


The Deputy leader told Labour Party Conference: “We must become the government our nation deserves, not the one it has”

Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner
Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner promised a New Deal for Working People within 100 days of a Labour government, in a barnstorming speech at the opening of the party’s annual conference.

Party faithful flocked to Brighton this weekend for their first conference in person since 2019.

Internal rows over party rule changes provoked a bitter atmosphere among some delegates on the first day of the event.

But the Deputy Leader’s energetic opening speech prompted loud applause from delegates.

She told attendees: “We must become the government our nation deserves, not the one it has.”

Launching the party’s Green Paper for working people, Ms Rayner said: “I’m not presenting you with a policy document that will sit on the shelf collecting dust,” she said.

“Let’s make this real and show every worker in every workplace in every corner of our country that with their support, their lives, their jobs and their communities can and will be better.”

The proposals would see the minimum wage increased to at least £10 an hour for all workers.








Ms Rayner’s speech prompted loud applause from delegates
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It would extend full workers rights to all-but the genuinely self employed – including sick pay, holiday pay, parental leave and protection against unfair dismissal.

Flexible working would be a right for all workers as a default, alongside the “right to switch off” outside of working hours.

And zero-hours contracts would be banned, with all workers having the right to a regular contract and predictable hours – with last-minute shift cancellations paid in full.

Ms Rayner added: “This Green Paper is for every parent tearing your hair out about childcare, or who missed a sports day or parents evening because you couldn’t come in and leave early.

“It’s for every young person who daren’t turn down a shift on a zero hours contract because you might not get hours next week, who can’t take a break and can’t get sick.

“And it’s for every worker who went to work and never made it home, and for their families who will never see them again.”





Taking aim at Boris Johnson ’s government, Ms Rayner said: “There’s only one rule with this Cabinet and that is that there’s one rule for them and another rule for us.

“Like the Foreign Secretary, cancelling leave for our troops and then trooping off to the beach. One rule for them, another rule for us.

“The Prime Minister who got pinged and tried to go to work anyway. One for rule for them, another rule for us.

“And who can forget the Barnard Castle eye test? One rule for them, and another rule for us.”



And she joked that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock “has now been ordered by a court to hand over his WhatsApp messages.

“Frankly, I don’t think I want to know what’s in Matt Hancock’s WhatsApp.”





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