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UK Labour leader comes out fighting ahead of election

UK Labour leader comes out fighting ahead of election

A new poll put the centre-left party 24 points behind Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives, a seemingly insurmountable challenge ahead of election day on June 8.

And then last weekend, when the most recent figures gave her party a lead of more than 20 per cent over the Labour Party, how could she resist it and not seize the opportunity that was offered?

It comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Wednesday said the Government should "put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall" and Mr Corbyn dodged a question on the issue in his first keynote speech of the campaign.

"Two other party sources confirmed that both Seb Corbyn and Ms Clark's names have been touted as candidates for seats".

"This is yet more evidence of chaos from Jeremy Corbyn and Labour".

He spoke in defence of ordinary people who he said spent their lives working hard and in the end were left with nearly nothing.

Asked about whether or not he was considering the idea, the party leader replied: "The European Union negotiations are going on and we set out our [red] lines on the negotiation". "We don't accept that it is natural for Britain to be governed by a ruling elite - the City and the tax-dodgers - and we don't accept that the British people just have to take what they're given", he said.

Brexit has divided both of Britain's main political parties, but Labour is also struggling under Corbyn's leadership, with 172 of his 229 MPs past year trying unsuccessfully to oust him.

Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin seized on the suggestions that Labour may back a second vote, insisting it would disrupt the negotiations.

The party's policies, including those on Brexit, will be laid out in further detail in Labour's manifesto in the coming weeks.

"It is wealth that should belong to the majority and not a tiny minority".

"Compare their lives with the multinational corporations and the gilded elite who hide their money in the Cayman Islands because the Conservatives are too morally bankrupt to take them on", he said.

"They say I don't play by the rules - their rules".

Corbyn has also been attacked over reports his son Seb is bidding to stand in the safe Labour seat of Liverpool Walton.

Despite Labour's poor opinion poll ratings, Mr Corbyn pointed to the fact that he was given a 200/1 chance of becoming Labour leader in 2015.

Ms Sturgeon said that Labour's lack of credibility had raised the prospect of an "unfettered, out of control Tory government", which she claimed would do serious damage to Scotland.

He made clear Labour's manifesto would be "fully costed and will be all accounted for and paid for".


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