Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

United Kingdom early election: Under-fire Corbyn goes on the front foot

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.

Reiterating his the-people-versus-the-establishment vision, considered "hard Left", Corbyn insisted that Labour was never stronger or more determined to win the election.

President Putin would welcome "gutless, feeble" Jeremy Corbyn as the next prime minister because he would weaken Britain as a military power, the defence secretary said today.

Challenged on whether he would quit if the party failed to win, he said: "We are campaigning to win this election, that's the only question now".

"Much of the media and the establishment are saying this election is a forgone conclusion....they think there are rules of politics... We are not obsessed with the tittle-tattle of Westminster or Brussels". "We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain". "We have consistently demanded a meaningful vote in Parliament and as the government, will bring the deal we negotiate to Parliament before it is finalised to ensure democratic accountability".

If a Labour government were elected on June 8, Corbyn remarked that it "won't play by their rules either".

Asking corporates, tax dodgers and bankers to be afraid, "be very afraid", if Labour formed the next government, Corbyn said, "It is these rules that have allowed a cosy cartel to rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations". "But things can, and they will, change", he said.

Britons voted by 52-48 percent in June 2016 to leave the European Union, and May says re-electing her with a bigger majority will strengthen the U.K.'s hand in divorce negotiations with the bloc.

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 a year ago trying unsuccessfully to oust him.

Labour will publish a full manifesto ahead of the vote, but senior figures within the party are divided on whether or not to offer voters a second Brexit vote on the final terms agreed with the EU, The Times reports.

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