British Labour lawmaker says her party is not trying to win election

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2017

The Labour leader launched a scathing attack on the Tories education record as campaigning ahead of the General Election on June 8 heats up, as he claimed schools have been left "in a bad state" by the current government.

Britain will go the polls on 8 June as May's Conservative party seeks to cement a mandate for their Brexit plans, with many writing off Labour's chances with Corbyn at the helm.

British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted on Thursday that he could still win a snap June election despite dire poll ratings, pitching himself as an anti-establishment candidate fighting for change.

During the speech, Mr. Corbyn repeatedly took aim at what he described as the "establishment" - the elite, the City, tax dodgers and much of the media, who believed that electoral success was only possible if their rules were played by.

Polls give May's governing Conservative party a lead of around 20 percentage points, enough to command a majority that could be over 100 seats, but May said she was not complacent.

It had been suggested that Mr Corbyn junior, who is now chief of staff to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was hoping to secure the safe Labour seat of Liverpool Walton.

Corbyn was elected party leader in 2015 and again previous year thanks to strong backing from grassroots Labour members, but many of his more centrist MPs believe he can not secure the broad public support needed to win power.

"The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up".

He said: "Don't be angry at the privatisers profiting from our public services, they whisper, be angry instead at the migrant worker just trying to make a better life".

Corbyn promised to take wealth hidden in tax havens and "put it back in the hands of the people". "They're quite right I don't", he said in extracts of his speech released beforehand.

Labour is considering a referendum on the future Brexit deal in a bid to win over support from remain voters, according to a report in the Times, as it looks set to make a big push to the left in its manifesto.

"A second referendum is not our policy and it won't be in our manifesto", the spokesperson confirmed.

"We could be facing a situation where Labour drop well below 200 seats".

But cynics will conclude that the prime minister simply could not resist the opportunity to crush the Labour Party while it is weak and divided, offering the Conservatives the prospect of a landslide victory and silencing her internal party critics along the way.

They said Corbyn had 44% of total bets placed, ahead of the Conservative party on 39%.

However, Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, played down suggestions new taxes might be introduced at this level, saying she understood why "many people" on this salary might feel they were "not rich".

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