Lunes, 21 May, 2018

Gladiatorial battle looms in UK's tightest election seat

Jeremy Corbyn 48% of bets in the"next Prime Minister market backed Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Christopher Furlong Getty Images
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 06:34

The move has, in any case, been welcomed by the opposition with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stated the party would contest the government over its failure to fix the economy and public services.

He said the election was fight between the "wealthy ruling Conservatives" versus Labour and the people, adding that he wanted to give preference to the majority's interests.

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.

He said: "The Prime Minister and her cabinet have decided they want to have an election and within the constraints of the fixed parliament act, which I hope we will eventually get rid of, there has to be a vote in parliament".

"Instead of the country's wealth being hidden in tax havens, we will put it in the hands of the people of Britain, as they are the ones who earned it".

Theresa May, who had previously ruled out a general election, said a Conservative victory would make her "stronger" when she "negotiates for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union".

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.

The offer of a second referendum on the final deal with the European Union has been a long-standing policy of the Liberal Democrats.

The Liberal Democrats are targeting Remain-voting Labour seats in the North of England where voters feel "betrayed by Jeremy Corbyn's support for a divisive hard Brexit", Mr Farron said. The Scottish voted 62% to 38% against Brexit, tend to lean left, and might balk at an increasingly conservative Parliament.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes gives Labour 12-1 odds of winning the snap election called by May this week.

The current mood is more promising than when May formally triggered the two-year Brexit process last month, a step that saw both sides taking tough positions on the talks ahead.

"Nobody thinks the Labour Party will gain a single seat from the Conservatives".

"We were very clear about the need to support people in their old age, and that's exactly what we've done".

"Our position hasn't changed and we have laid out our six tests for any Brexit deal", she said.

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

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said Mr Corbyn was letting down Britain by refusing to back a second referendum.