Jeremy Corbyn has given his first speech as Labour leader at the party's annual conference, and it appears to have gone down well with his supporters.
In the speech, Corbyn told the assembled audience that he had a "mandate for change" following his landslide victory in the leadership election, in which he received 59.5 per cent of the vote.
He promised to push for a kinder, more civil politics, laid out his plans to campaign to scrap the UK's nuclear arsenal, and attacked the media for some of the critical stories that have been written about him since his election victory.
The number of people that have joined Labour since Jeremy Corbyn became leader
Corbyn also spoke a lot about Labour's heritage as a socialist party - talking about tackling globalisation-driven inequality and pushing for further democracy and engagement within society.
Although his speech wasn't written to appeal to the "media commentariat" as he put it, it received a good reception amongst the party's base and the tens of thousands of new members who have joined the party since he became leader.
"Straight talking, honest politics"
Many supporters praised Corbyn's commitment to more honest and straight-talking politics, which shadow chancellor John McDonnell referred to in his speech on Monday.
A joy to listen to Corbyn's conference speech; truly straight talking, honest politics - a call to defend the people's values #Lab15— Amy Carmichael (@amoclin) September 29, 2015
Awesome speech Corbyn,Christina summed it up on @LBC radio,heartfelt,genuine & honest.35yrs a Tory + after that speech she will vote Labour— craig walden (@oscardog11) September 29, 2015
A down-to-earth speech
Unlike his predecessor Ed Miliband, it's Corbyn's unstatesmanlike qualities that have endeared him to many people (whilst still providing ammunition for his critics).
More than any specific policies or promises, it was Corbyn's general demeanour and delivery that struck a chord amongst his audience.
Easy media swipes, sure, but kudos to Mr Corbyn. That *was* indeed a pretty pleasant and agreeable and warm and worthy Labour fringe speech.— Aidan Radnedge (@aidanrad) September 29, 2015
A wonderfully warm, honest and passionate speech from Corbyn. No spin. No notes. No strange gesticulations or acting. A great man #Lab15— SaffronKim (@SaffronKim) September 29, 2015
The warm glow of having cast my vote for Corbyn. Honesty, humanity, hope & opposition. Human language, human politics. #Lab15— I'll Dig With It (@digwithit) September 29, 2015
Keith Vaz responds to "poetic" Jeremy Corbyn speech: “It wasn’t so much a speech as a date. I felt I was on a date with Jeremy.” #Lab15— Josh May (@JoshMay_PH) September 29, 2015
Corbyn has been explicit in his opposition to the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent, a stance which has never been common amongst the leaders of mainstream parties.
Speaking about Trident in his speech, he said: "I don’t believe £100 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up a quarter of our defence budget is the right way forward."
"I believe Britain should honour our obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty and lead in making progress on international nuclear disarmament."
His approach to Trident is one of the factors that prompted the Conservatives to call Labour a "threat to national security" in the aftermath of his victory.
Nonetheless, it was received well by Corbyn loyalists, with his comments being greeted with cheers in the conference hall.
Big cheers as Corbyn outlines his personal position: trident, taking up £100bn of defence budget isn't "right way forward"— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) September 29, 2015
I'm glad Corbyn has announced his anti-trident stance in his first speech as leader, but serious debate definitely needed #CorbynSpeech— Rhona Middler (@RhonaMiddler) September 29, 2015
Despite the party backing Trident renewal at the conference, Corbyn said he believed his mandate gave him the right to keep pushing for disarmament.
Corbyn has been lampooned heavily for his pretty terrible record on jokes, but he managed to surprise everyone by actually being slightly funny at the beginning of his speech.
Jezza Corbyn's opened with jokes! And good ones! #Lab15— Sophie (@miztransmission) September 29, 2015
Genuinely good jokes here from Corbyn. Not usually a strength of his— JamesClayton (@JamesClayton5) September 29, 2015
Although Corbyn didn't directly offer any solutions to the refugee crisis, he said that Europe and the international community aren't doing enough to help.
Mentioning his past support for refugees (he attended a 'Refugees Welcome' rally hours after becoming leader), he said the UK should "reach out the hand of humanity and friendship" to the hundreds of thousands of refugees currently lanugishing in Europe and elsewhere.
For his supporters and sympathisers, his pro-refugee internationalist comments were received well.
Say what you like abut Corbyn and Labour but I can't imagine another UK-political leader talking about the refugee crisis in this way— Bella Caledonia (@bellacaledonia) September 29, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn on refugees : "Let's reach out the hand of humanity and friendship to them." A leader who actually serves the people.— Hamzah Patel (@HamzahPatel9) September 29, 2015
The speech was a crowd-pleaser for his supporters, and was clearly aimed at securing backing amongst those in the hall and the people who voted for him.
However, while addressing international issues and continuing to promise a "new kind of politics" may have gone down well on Twitter, most agreed that he would have to do more to appeal to the wider electorate.
Worst kind of political speech. Talking to yourself and those who already support you. Most voters are thinking 'WTF is he talking about'— Jo-ann Robertson (@RedRobertino) September 29, 2015
Corbyn speech at #Lab15 most inward-looking in years. No vision, no optimism. Spoke to Lab base and ignored those outside hall.— Declan Lyons (@dlyons93) September 29, 2015
Labour has now posted the full transcript of Jeremy Corbyn's speech online, you can read it here.Reuse content