Labour Party conference welcomes Jeremy Corbyn with three-minute chant of 'Ohhhh, Jeremy Corbyn'

Supporters waving scarves as entire hall stands to applaud

Tom Embury-Dennis
Wednesday 27 September 2017 13:19
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Labour conference 2017: Corbyn arrives for his speech to chants of 'Oh, Jeremy Corbyn'

Supporters welcomed Jeremy Corbyn with a rapturous three-minute rendition of "Ohhhhh, Jeremy Corbyn" as he entered the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

The entire hall stood and offered huge applause as the leader struggled to speak above the noise of the crowd.

With some supporters waving scarves, the 68-year-old said “thank you for that wonderful welcome”, to whoops from the audience.

“You know what, it’s quite infectious, and let’s make sure the country in infected with the same thing,” he added.

Sections of the crowd continued to sing the football terraces-style chant intermittently throughout the speech.

Mr Corbyn said Labour was "ready for government" and vowed to do away with a "degraded" political system which led to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

He attack the Tories over their "rag tag" handling of Brexit and said ministers "spend more time negotiating with each other than with the European Union".

In a pointed rebuke to Conservative rhetoric, the Labour leader told EU citizens in the UK: "You are welcome here". He said the party would guarantee their fights and called on Theresa May to do the same.

Mr Corbyn took to the stage minutes after his deputy, Tom Watson, suggested Labour could hold a second referendum on Brexit, saying: "We're not ruling it out."

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