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Jeremy Corbyn's full leadership acceptance speech

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Jeremy Corbyn pledged to "repay the trust" of Labour members after he was re-elected leader in a landslide vote and urged for the party to reunite after the divisive contest.

This is the full text of his victory speech:

I want to thank the more than 300,000 supporters who have given me their support and trust in this Labour leadership election. I'm honoured to have won the votes of a majority of members, affiliated supporters and registered supporters who have given me the second mandate in a year to lead our party.

I want to thank all the volunteers in our amazing campaign, the tens of thousands who have helped all over the country in my campaign. I also want to thank all those volunteers that worked so hard in Owen Smith's campaign as well.

Volunteers and the work they put in are the very lifeblood of democracy and we both had amazing sets of volunteers, so I say thank you to them for all they did over the summer.

And I want to say thank you to Owen Smith as well. Owen, we have had an interesting summer of debates all over the country. Thank you very much for all of that, for the good discussions and good-humoured debates that we have had which no doubt we will continue because we are part of the same Labour family and that's how it's always going to be. Thank you.

And it has been an amazing summer. We have had good weather of course and we have had events and rallies and hustings and debates all over the place. But it's been about our Labour family facing the future, of how we do things together in the future.

I will do everything I can to repay the trust and the support to bring our party together, to make it an engine of progress for our country and the people that depend on the Labour Party to protect their interests and win power to deliver real change in this country.

Elections are passionate and often partisan affairs and things are sometimes said in the heat of the debate on all sides which we sometimes later come to regret. But always remember in our party, we have much more in common than that which divides us. As far as I'm concerned let's wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work we have got to do as a party together.

We are proud as a party that we're not afraid to discuss openly, to debate and disagree. That is essential for a party that wants to change the people's lives for the better, that isn't prepared to accept things as they are.

It's also an essential part of what has drawn over half a million people into membership of what is now the largest political party anywhere in western Europe. We have almost tripled our membership since last spring. Those new members are now part of a nationwide movement who can now take our message into every community in the country to win support for the election of a Labour government.

Our party has a duty of care to our members. That means intervening to stop personal abuse and also abiding by the principles of natural justice in the way that we handle it. Politics is demeaned and corroded by intimidation and abuse. It is not my way and it is not the Labour way and never will be.

Now, friends, is the time for all of us to focus every ounce of our energy on exposing and defeating the Tories and the damage they are doing to our country. Theresa May's Government isn't a new government, it's David Cameron's government with a new hard right edge, repackaged with progressive slogans but threatening to take the country backwards and dithering as we face the historic challenges of Brexit.

So if you believe that education is better than segregation; that we need an NHS that isn't threatened with breakdown loaded with debt; that older people deserve dignity and the care they need in their own home; that we have a duty as a country to refugees and to promote peace rather than conflict; if like me you believe that it's a scandal that here in Britain, the sixth largest economy in the world, four million children are in poverty and six million workers are paid less than the living wage; and if, like me, you believe we can do things far better, then help us build support for a genuine alternative that will invest in our future - a more prosperous future in which the wealth we all create is shared more equally.

Together, arguing for the real change this country needs, I have no doubt this party can win the next election whenever the Prime Minister decides to call it and form the next government.

To do that, we need to work together. This time next week we are all going to hit the streets united as a party. I am calling on Labour Party members all over the country to join us in a national campaign for inclusive education for all next Saturday. The Tories' plans for grammar school segregation of our children expose their divisive and damaging agenda for our country.

My responsibility as Labour leader is to unite this party - at conference this week here in the wonderful city of Liverpool, in Parliament and in every community around the country.

But it's also the responsibility of the whole party: Members of Parliament, councillors, party members and our wonderful supporters across the country to work together and respect the democratic choice that's been made.

Labour is a party brimming full of ideas, of talent, of creativity, and so is this country. Unleashing that potential is the job of all of us. Let us work together for real change in Britain. Thank you very much.

– Jeremy Corbyn

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