UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes out fighting ahead of election

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 20, 2017

Firing off his first attack of the election campaign, Sir Michael Fallon also said that any potential alliance between Labour and the SNP to thwart a Tory victory would be "extremely worrying" for defence because of the two party leaders' desire to dismantle the nuclear deterrent.

May, who this week made a U-turn to call a snap election despite saying for months that a fresh election would be a distraction and cause instability, is not prepared to take on her political opponents in front of the TV cameras.

Corbyn's left-wing stance has boosted Labour's membership but is unpopular with many of his MPs, who believe he can never secure the broad support needed to win power.

"It is a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors, for the wealth extractors. But things can, and they will, change". The Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats.

The mid-term election was announced due to uncertainties perceived by May in Westminster over Brexit, but Corbyn's focus on wider issues left him open to criticism that Labour continued to be vague on whether it supports Britain leaving the European Union or not.

Britain's main opposition party is well behind May's Tories in the polls.

However, Corbyn refused to say whether there would be a pledge for a second Brexit referendum in Labour's forthcoming manifesto, in response to journalists' questions following his speech.

"We respect the result of the referendum, but there still has to be an economic relationship with Europe".

Conservative party chairpersonn Patrick McLoughlin said Labour was seeking to "disrupt" the Brexit negotiations, adding: "this can only mean more uncertainty for Britain".

He made the comments during a trip to Estonia to announce the official launch of one of Britain's largest deployments of troops to eastern Europe - a mission that Mr Corbyn opposes, saying the 800-strong battle group is helping to escalate tensions with Russian Federation.

The latest Press Association analysis of opinion polls put the Tories on 43%, a 17-point lead over Labour's 26%.

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".

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