UK Election: Jeremy Corbyn Vows to 'Overturn Rigged System'

April 20, 2017, Thursday @ 19:41 in World » EUROPE | Views: 80
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Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to "overturn the rigged system" by putting power and wealth back in the hands of "the people", the BBC reported.

In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June's poll was not a "foregone conclusion" and Labor could defy the "Establishment experts".

He also said Labor would not back a second EU referendum.

Theresa May said the election was about ensuring "strong and stable leadership" for the UK.

It was also about strengthening the government's Brexit negotiating hand, she said.

The PM is hoping to convert the Tories' double digit poll lead into a bigger Commons majority.

Her decision to hold a general election - after previously insisting she would wait until 2020 - took her rivals and many in her own party by surprise.

Mr Corbyn could have blocked it in Parliament but instead ordered his MPs to back the snap poll in a Commons vote on Wednesday.

After his speech, the Labor leader was asked to rule out backing a second EU referendum - replying that he respected the result but that the UK had to have continued access to the EU single market and should not "tear up the workers' rights agenda, the environmental protection agenda, or any human rights agenda".

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also declined to rule one out, telling the BBC the government should "put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall".

But asked later, Mr Corbyn's spokesman said: "A second referendum is not our policy and it won't be in our manifesto."

The Conservatives said it was "yet more evidence" of "Labour chaos".

The Labor leader looks set to run an anti-establishment campaign, presenting himself as a champion of the powerless against political and business elites.

He attacked the "morally bankrupt" Conservatives who he said would not stand up to tax avoiders and other members of a "gilded elite," who were extracting wealth "from the pockets of ordinary working people".

Labor would "end this racket" and "overturn the rigged system," he told an audience of Labor supporters in London.

He also said Labor was the only party that would "focus on the kind of country we want to have after Brexit" - dismissing Mrs May's election campaign as an "ego trip about her own failing leadership".

And he insisted all of Labor's policies, including an increase in corporation tax for big business and more money for carers and a £10 an hour minimum wage, were fully costed.

Addressing Labour's poor opinion poll ratings, he said he was given a 200/1 chance of becoming Labour leader in 2015 and he defied those odds.

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