Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'

Labour's average poll rating 51 days from a general election

Despite polls giving Tories double-digit leads over Labour with just seven weeks to go, Mr Corbyn will say his party can "change the direction of this election" by "putting the interests of the majority first". We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game.

For Labour to win an overall majority they not only need to keep the seats they now hold, but win 100 more. Latest projections produced by the Electoral Calculus group predict that the Conservatives would win 381 seats, a gain of 50 seats from the 2015 vote, with Labour winning 182 seats, a loss of 50 seats.

The same analysis projects a 76 per cent chance of a Conservative parliamentary majority, and just a 5 per cent chance of a Labour majority.

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. In contrast, 49 per cent opted for Mrs May. It should be about the party who offer the best option for the country.

Separately, a spokeswoman for the party leader said there were no plans to talk about a progressive alliance. "Unfortunately, a strong leader is what wins elections these days".

CAMPAIGNING as a Liberal Democrat in the 2015 general election was not a happy experience, says Stephen Williams, a former minister for local government. "Because when we win it is the people, not the powerful, who win", declared Mr Corbyn.

She acknowledged that any pact may be hard for Corbyn to support however. The most important thing is not who leads the party. "They are under threat from so many different angles-in Scotland from the SNP [Scottish National Party]; from the Liberal Democrats in the cities; the Conservatives and possibly UKIP [U.K. Independence Party] in the north".

Corbyn, who voted to leave the EU's predecessor in 1975 but supported "Remain" a year ago, has been criticised for muddling the party's position on Brexit and failing to effectively challenge May's push for a clean break with the bloc.

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But these members still form a very small percentage of the voting public.

Labour MP Iain Wright, chair of the business select committee, became the fifth Labour MP to announce that he will not stand for re-election in June.

"It's also a cultural schism". According to a recent poll by Opinium, only a third of voters now think that the party was wrong to have entered into coalition with the Tories. "He's an activist, he's not really a public leader", Dr McAngus said.

If Labour do not define themselves during this election, then the Conservatives will do it for them.

One Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has said he will not contest the June 8 election because of Corbyn.

The Labour rank-and-file are enamoured of the 67-year-old, thrice-married Corbyn, who has been described as everything from radical left-wing to Bolshevik and has often courted controversy.

One of those is Christine Cross, who said: "I'm voting Labour. always have always will".

Battling to assert control over his own divided Labour Party as well as to convince the country at large, he sought to tap into widespread voter frustration with the political elite.



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