Jeremy Corbyn speech verdict: Loyalists wept tears of joy but party remains in deadlock

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering his keynote speech on the final day of the Labour

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering his keynote speech on the final day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 28, 2016. See PA story LABOUR Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire - Credit: PA

As the Labour faithful in the Liverpool conference hall belted out the red flag, a man sitting nearby openly wept tears of joy.

During the hour-long crowd-pleaser by Jeremy Corbyn there were warnings to the detractors to unite. But as one not-so-enthusiastic Labour member (a minority in the hall) pointed out as we left, there was little meat.

Corbyn looked assured, surrounded by adoring fans who gave him a long standing ovation as he appeared on the stage, and many more throughout.

Rumours of a mass moderate walk-out were just that. A handful who did leave did not appear to be doing so in protest. I suspect they had trains to catch after a long wait and lots of cheering elongated the session.

During his speech last year, Corbyn stumbled and ducked and dived. This year he was assured and in his element as he ad-libbed with his front bench.


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There was the odd olive branch to the more centrist wing of the party (a video which include Blairite achievements), but it was clear any return to the fold would be on his terms as he reiterated his mandate, again.

It was a speech which went down well with the Corbynistas. But was it a speech which will leave Theresa May quaking in her boots? I suspect not.

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There were few new ideas to pad out his 21st century socialism tag.

He missed the opportunity in a high-profile speech to explain how he would hold the Prime Minister to account over Brexit.

There was the odd suggestion, but no vision for what Brexit negotiations would look like if it was on Labour's terms.

As the red flag is lowered until next year's gathering, the deadlock in the Labour Party remains.

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