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It wasn't a stitch-up ... we had to act fast to find a candidate; CORBYN REFUTES MAYOR'S CLAIMS OVER ELECTION.

Byline: TOM BELGER Social Affairs Reporter @tom_belger

JEREMY CORBYN admitted it "would have been better" if the battle to be Labour's Walton MP candidate had been carried out under different rules.

The party's choice of littleknown union aide, Daniel Carden, ahead of city Mayor Joe Anderson and other local councillors sparked resignations and claims it was an "undemocratic stitch-up".

But the Labour leader said he was certain the city Mayor would work together with the man likely to represent Walton in Parliament, only a day after Joe Anderson vowed never to do so.

He also shared his views on Pete Price, and made several pledges to NHS patients and staff during the Royal College of Nursing conference, at the ACC Liverpool convention centre, on the waterfront.

| Corbyn on Joe Anderson's bullying claims Jeremy Corbyn told the ECHO: "Joe's a good man and a great Mayor of Liverpool.

"It would have been better if there had been a longer period up to the election to have a different system, but that was the system the National Executive had to adopt because they had no time to do anything else.

"We were faced with the urgency of an election. I was not a member of that panel, or any selection panel."

Latest more... happens liverpoolecho. " He said accusations of cronyism were an "unfortunate choice of words, adding: "I am very sure that Dan, Joe and Steve are all going to work together in future for the good of the people of Liverpool.

| Corbyn on Pete Price The Labour leader also found a moment to share his views on Radio City presenter Pete Price.

He said: "He's great. It's great being interviewed by Pete. He does all the talking."

| Corbyn on the cyber-attacks He blamed the Government for exposing NHS services to the cyber-attack, claiming it failed to renew IT contracts that would have kept people safe.

He described the malware attack on NHS computer systems as "highway robbery against all of us".

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echolive | Corbyn's message to patients He promised PS7.4bn extra cash a year up to 2020, pledging to cut waiting lists by a million and get the majority of patients out of hospital within a week of being ready to go home.

He also pledged a new guarantee that urgent patients would be seen within an hour at A&E departments.

| Corbyn's message to NHS staff The Labour leader got a loud cheer in his speech for promising to restore training bursaries for nurses, and suggested Labour could cut nurses' retirement age because 68 was too late.

He also backed threats by the Royal College of Nursing to strike for the first time, saying they had suffered a 14% pay cut and been let down by the Government.

| Corbyn's message to well-off taxpayers The Labour chief's NHS promises may be good news for many patients, but he said the top 5% of taxpayers, businesses and people with private medical insurance would have to pay for it.


Mr Corbyn was surrounded by nurses wanting selfies after his speech

Liverpool." Walton Joe Anderson, left - lost out to Daniel Carden, right

The Labour leader was given a standing ovation

Mr Corbyn arrives at the ACC with Chief Executive of

the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool yesterday
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 16, 2017
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