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Corbyn urges activists not to engage in "personal abuse"

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the rally Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has urged activists to engage in "civilised debate" and not "personal abuse" after ugly scenes at demonstrations outside the Conservative Party conference.

The demonstration, involving about 60,000 people, was largely peaceful but some activists spat at journalists entering the Manchester Central venue and police made four arrests.

The crowd listening to Jeremy Corbyn speak at the rally

If we go into politics, we go into our union work, we go into our lives on the basis that what we say we hope is of value, what the other person says we hope is of value, and we engage in an intelligent, civilised debate, not responding to personal abuse and not making personal abuse."

– Jeremy Corbyn

George Osborne has announced a "devolution revolution"

George Osborne has announced a "devolution revolution" giving councils full control over business rates.

The chancellor used his speech at the Conservative Party conference to lay out why the party should stay in power long term.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports from Manchester:


Osborne thanks 'friend' Cameron for support

George Osborne thanked David Cameron for his support in a conference speech viewed by many as a pitch to be his successor.

The Chancellor gave a special thank you to the Prime Minister during his address in Manchester, thanking him for his support when some had doubted his abilities during the coalition government's five-year term.

"Let's face it, there were moments when lots of people had doubts about whether our plans would work - moments, as I was well aware, that people had doubts about me."

He added that "my friend" Mr Cameron had supported him both privately and publicly during that period.

Business rates plans 'could have saved Redcar plant'

New plans for councils to raise their own business rates may have saved the jobs of hundreds of workers at SSI's steel plant in Redcar if brought in earlier, ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

The measures, announced by the Chancellor today, will see councils given the power to raise or lower their own business rates - something which could have allowed the local authority to act to help the plant.

Around 2,200 staff will lose their jobs after SSI went into liquidation, while the local economy is also likely to take a hit as a result of the plant's closure.

Osborne allows councils to keep £26bn in business rates

George Osborne has announced that local councils will be allowed to keep the business rates they raise, providing them with £26 billion.

In exchange, the local government grant will be phased out - leaving councils with a surplus on what they had before, Osborne said.

Local authorities will be given the power to raise or lower business rates, as the single national rate is abolished completely.

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