Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'

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Nita Walker also has little faith in the Labour leader, she commented: "Corbyn can't sort his own party out let alone run the country".

But Labour MP Gisela Stuart, one of the architects of Brexit as co-chair of Vote Leave, said she would be standing down after 20 years as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.

The letter continues: "We understand that, in the immediate run-up to an election, signalling a willingness to work with other parties might be hard but we hope you'll agree that the times we are living in require leaders to be courageous and visionary, to actively build a more positive politics. We respect and accept the result of the referendum but there still has to be an economic relationship with Europe".

May said an early election will bolster the UK's position in talks over Brexit and is in the country's national interest.

This idea has largely failed to materialise so far in the snap general election, though the Scottish Greens have already hinted through their co-convenor Maggie Chapman that the party would not seek to put up a candidate against Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell, who is Scotland's last remaining Tory MP.

But Mr Corbyn told MPs Mrs May could not be trusted, after u-turning on her promise not to call an early election and accused her of running scared of TV debates during the campaign.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is determined to change the course of the upcoming general election, pledging to defeat the "rigged system" and establish a government that puts "the interests of the majority first".

Theresa May announces for General Election in June 8
SKY NEWS Theresa May announces for General Election in June 8

One said: "He is the most powerful Labour politician in the country".

Ms May said: "I think it is right that schools are best placed to prioritise the needs of their pupils and can use their funding to ensure that they are supporting any pupil facing disadvantage, financial or otherwise".

"The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up. And a Labour Government elected on June 8 won't play by their rules".

"These rules have created a cosy cartel which rigs the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations". It's a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors.

The Prime Minister said she was committed to regaining control of Britain's borders but refused to be drawn on whether free movement of labour would end as soon as the United Kingdom withdrew from the EU.

"It's a choice between strong and stable leadership under the Conservatives, or weak and unstable coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn".

Last year's vote to leave the European Union split Labour's traditional supporter base, which is divided between typically pro-EU inner city voters, especially in London, and working-class voters in less affluent areas who voted for Brexit.

Former Labour minister Gareth Thomas also faces a fight to hold on to Harrow West, with his majority cut to 2,208 in 2015.

  • Elsie Buchanan