Government underestimated ordinary people, Jeremy Corbyn tells Glasgow rally

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn is a self-described socialist who says he will raise taxes and nationalize industries if his Labour Party wins Thursday's United Kingdom election.

Corbyn said Thursday's vote offered a clear choice between "another five years of a Tory government, underfunding of services all across the United Kingdom. or a Labour government that invests for all, all across Britain".

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Despite being seen as an unlikely leader - one who has had to face off a rebellion by his own MPs - Corbyn has gained momentum during the election campaign and regularly attracts big crowds to his rallies. The British general election will take place on Thursday.

May called the snap election in a bid to boost the Conservative majority in Parliament, which May says will strengthen Britain's hand in divorce talks with the European Union.

"My plan to deliver that brighter future will make sure all four corners of our United Kingdom benefit from the opportunities Brexit will bring - with more jobs, more homes, better roads and railways, and world-class digital connectivity wherever you live", she said. The Conservatives' share of the vote has remained roughly static - it averaged 43% on April 19 and is now 44%.

And Mrs May trumpeted her readiness to tear up human rights laws to tackle terrorism, declaring the choice of prime minister on June 8 was between "somebody who has protected national security or somebody who's voted against it".

Corbyn argued that the real danger comes from Conservative cuts to police budgets. "Most polls predict they will win, do not assume it", it said.

"Theresa May it seems now after all is not Margaret Thatcher mark II, she's got the charisma of a pancake", he said.

The poll is likely to have been conducted after Saturday's London Bridge attack. Critics point out that while she served as Home Secretary for six years, the number of police officers in England and Wales fell by almost 20,000.Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green criticised "irresponsible scaremongering" by Labour and insisted the Tories "will always look after the most vulnerable".

Corbyn then found a valuable seam in attacking May on security, an area where the Conservatives traditionally are far stronger than Labour in voters' minds. He opposed British military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and shared platforms with Irish republicans in the years when the IRA was setting off bombs in Britain.

Conservative-supporting newspapers went on the attack against Corbyn on Wednesday.

There are at least 5 opinion polls expected before polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday.

She told supporters at a rally in Slough they could include new measures to restrict the movements of suspects who have not been convicted of any offence as well as making it easier to deport foreign suspects.

"We are going to win". But her campaign has often stuttered over the past few weeks.

May began the day with an early morning visit to Smithfield meat market in London, where she was heckled by some butchers shouting "vote Labour". She later addressed several gatherings across England, accompanied by her husband Philip, who has kept a low profile through much of the campaign.

But the campaign has seen a number of unexpected twists, including the deadliest militant attack in Britain since 2005 and the shrinking of May's once commanding lead of over 20 percentage points in opinion polls. Theresa May's campaign, which has more strongly focused on her seems to have had an impact, with 34% of those planning to vote Tory saying the leader of the party was the most important thing to them.

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