Rolling coverage of the final day of the Labour conference in Liverpool, including Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech
Losses arising from the collapse of engineering giant Carillion should be borne by the private sector, the Labour conference was told. As the Press Association reports, delegates were told that “private spivs” behind the stalled project to build a new hospital in the city will get compensation.
Work on the Royal Liverpool Hospital was halted earlier this year when Carillion went out of business and completion will be delayed for years. Unions have welcomed news that government money will be used to complete the project.
They should be told you rolled the dice, you lost, now pay up, and any compensation must not be at the expense of the people of Liverpool, who have already suffered enough.
While we welcome the commitment on funding the hospital, we have had no commitments about who will build it and how workers will be treated.
In his speech to the Labour conference Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, proposed a £5m annual young cancer patient travel fund. It would help families who face extra travel costs when their children are being treated for cancer away from home. Any family could apply regardless of income.
Childhood cancer already places a deep emotional and physical strain on families, without the extra worry of being able to afford expensive travel costs for treatment.
“We should be doing all we can to support these vulnerable children and their families when they need it most. We must make sure that wealth never stands as a barrier to treatment.