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Brexit, the economy and taking over the centre ground - Corbyn sets out his vision of a fairer Britain for all.

Byline: Jonathan Walker

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged Theresa May to call another general election, in his speech to Labour's annual conference - and predicted he would win it. He said: "The Labour campaign machine is primed and ready to roll."

Mr Corbyn set out an unashamedly left-wing vision for the United Kingdom in his speech to activists in Brighton.

He said a future Labour government would take responsibility for growing the economy, rather than leaving it up to market forces.

Policies included imposing rent controls to prevent landlords ripping off tenants, nationalising some industries and asking big business to pay more tax.

But Mr Corbyn said his ideas represented the new centre ground, after the banking crisis and economic crash showed that things had to change. He said: "We are now the political mainstream."

And he predicted Labour would win power. Mr Corbyn vowed: "Let everyone understand - we will not let you down."

Here are the key messages from the speech...

LABOUR ARE SET TO WIN POWER Mr Corbyn said June's general election result showed that Labour is on course to form a government.

He said: "Conference, against all predictions in June we won the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945 and achieved Labour's best vote for a generation. It's a result which has put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power.

"Yes, we didn't do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now, but we have become a government-in-waiting."

LABOUR WILL UNITE REMAINERS AND LEAVERS OVER BREXIT Labour would unite remainers and leavers, Mr Corbyn said. "Labour is the only party that can bring together those who voted leave and those who backed remain, and unite the country for a future beyond Brexit."

And he promised a Labour government would "guarantee" that the UK retained access to the single market.

Mr Corbyn said: "A Labour Brexit that puts jobs first, a Brexit for the many, one that guarantees unimpeded access to the single market and establishes a new co-operative relationship with the EU."

NEW APPROACH TO THE ECONOMY Mr Corbyn called for the "public sector" to play a leading role in promoting economic growth. And he said Labour would take privatised public services back into government ownership.

The Labour leader set out a vision for the economy radically different to the one that has dominated British politics since the 1980s. Conserva-tives, and Labour under leaders such as Tony Blair, have seen the private sector as the engine that fuels the economy.

However, Mr Corbyn said: "Now is the time that government took a more active role in restructuring our economy. Now is the time that corporate boardrooms were held accountable for their actions, and now is the time that we developed a new model of economic management to replace the failed dogmas of neo-liberalism.

"That is why Labour is looking not just to repair the damage done by austerity but to transform our economy with a new and dynamic role for the public sector, particularly where the private sector has evidently failed."

LABOUR'S IDEAS ARE NEW CENTRE GROUND While his ideas might once have been seen as left-wing, Mr Corbyn said that they now represented the "centre ground". He said the banking crisis, and subsequent economic crash, had convinced people that things had to change.

He said: "A new consensus is emerging from the great economic crash and the years of austerity, when people started to find political voice for their hopes for something different and better."

Mr Corbyn said: "This is the real centre of gravity of British politics.

"We are now the political mainstream."

RENT CONTROLS AS PART OF CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE HOUSING Mr Corbyn said Labour would propose "a radical programme of action" to end homelessness at next year's conference. And he set out plans to stop landlords imposing rent hikes on tenants.

"Rent controls exist in many cities across the world and I want our cities to have those powers too and tenants to have those protections."

PAY RISE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS Mr Corbyn highlighted plans to give workers such as teachers and nurses a pay rise. He said: "You can't care for the nation's health when doctors and nurses are being asked to accept falling living standards year after year."

WESTERN FOREIGN POLICY FUELS TERRORISM Mr Corbyn condemned recent terrorist attacks in the UK, saying: "We all unite in both condemning the perpetrators and in our support for the emergency and security services, working to keep us safe."

He added: "But we also know that terrorism is thriving in a world our governments have helped to shape, with its failed states, military interventions and occupations where millions are forced to flee conflict or hunger.

"We have to do better and swap the knee-jerk response of another bombing campaign for long-term help to solve conflicts rather than fuel them."

ATTACKING TRUMP Mr Corbyn said the UK should be "a candid friend to the United States". And he criticised US President Donald Trump's recent speech to the United Nations, in which Mr Trump said the US might be forced to destroy North Korea.

Mr Corbyn said: "Let me say frankly - the speech made by the US President to the United Nations last week was deeply disturbing. It threatened war and talked of tearing up international agreements. Devoid of concern for human rights or universal values, it was not the speech of a world leader.

"Our government has a responsibility. It cannot meekly go along with this dangerous course. If the special relationship means anything, it must mean that we can say to Washington: that way is the wrong way."

SILENCE IS GOLDEN JEREMY Corbyn spent roughly a quarter of his 75-minute conference speech not saying a word and instead listening to audience applause.

The Labour leader was silent approximately 28% of the time he was on stage.

The amount of applause was one of the main reasons the speech lasted well beyond the usual length of a leader's conference address, which typically runs to about an hour.

Another reason was Mr Corbyn's slower delivery. His first conference speech as Labour leader in 2015 lasted just under an hour, but contained over a thousand more words than the speech he delivered.

Mr Corbyn also paused during the speech to join in a spontaneous chorus of Happy Birthday To You, which the audience sang to shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

The text of the 2017 speech was just under 6,000 words long - roughly the same length as the speech he delivered at last year's conference.

But the 2016 speech took Mr Corbyn around an hour to deliver, compared with the 75 minutes clocked up this year.

THE UPS, DOWNS AND UPS OF DAY AS the drum pounded, every beat flashing up a new clip of the leader, it was clear the big match build-up was about to reach its crescendo.

With a video evoking the spirit of a Sky Sports Super Sunday hyping up Arsenal v West Brom, Jeremy Corbyn was about ready for kick-off.

Chants of "Oh Jeremy Corbyn" swept among the faithful on the terraces, scarves were being waved and the atmosphere intensified as Labour prepared to take on the Tories, social inequality, the mainstream media and anyone else who fancied it on their home turf.

From pledging to ensure the country is "infected" with the same enthusiasm as Labour supporters, hailing their general election gains and mocking Theresa May for finding the "magic money tree", it was a fast start for the veteran left-winger.

Boos for the DUP MPs who have linked up with the Tories and statements of intent about Labour's readiness to govern formed the basis of the initial attacks, building on the confidence developed throughout the general election.

Mr Corbyn counter-attacked the Tories, throwing Theresa May's "strong and stable" slogan back and suggesting instead they were "callous and calculating" in their approach to the disabled. The crowd were out their seats for shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, showing support for her and singing happy birthday after Mr Corbyn referenced the abuse she faced. They rose again shortly after as Mr Corbyn urged his rival Mrs May to give "full guarantees" to the EU citizens living in the UK.

Up and down, up and down, to the point where it appeared shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner was leading the standing ovation in the room for himself. Labour were looking confident and wanting to put on a show for the fans.

Mr Corbyn opted against lining-up with his usual four-four-few formation, with mentions of "For the many, not the few" limited in their use.

Instead, the speech plan focused on sprinkling policy among the big issues Mr Corbyn and his supporters believe the world faces - from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, the "social cleansing" pursued through housing policy, the need for education reforms, and concerns about the state of global relations.

And there was a final rally, an insistence Labour was now on top and representing the "political mainstream" which got the supporters off their seats once more and chanting "Oh Jeremy Corbyn".

Away from Brighton, Mrs May appeared not to be scouting her opponent and instead focused on the cricket at the Oval.

Her tactics and response to the Opposition will be known within days.

This is the real centre of gravity of British politics. We are now the political mainstream
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