20 Apr 2017

Corbyn Will Stand Alone

Jeremy Corbyn is determined to prove wrong the prediction of a certain Tories victory. That became clear of his first election speech in London this morning. The Labour leader opposed the results published in the media in the last few days, which are giving about 40% support for the Conservative party compared to only about 20% for the Labour party. “Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion,” he said and continued: “They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win. They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. They’re quite right, I don’t. And a Labour Government elected on June 8 won’t play by their rules,” Corbyn finished passionately.

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However, despite his strong believes and determination, the leader of Labour party has some serious issues to face and one of them is the leak of MPs. Only a day after the official resignation of George Osborne, who went to seek a career in journalism, another two MPs announced they are stepping down. Andy Burnham, an MP from Leigh stated that he is giving up his constituency, so he can concentrate on running for mayor of Manchester. The former primary school teacher and MPs for Slough, Fiona Mactaggart also said she is leaving the lines of Labour party. She didn’t explain the reason for her resignation, but commented that “I have been bored by political squabbles over personalities and I know I don’t still have the passion which has driven my politics for 20 years.” With the leaving of Burnham and Mactaggart the number of MPs who have departed the party in the last few weeks risen to nine.

Still Jeremy Corbyn is confident in the strength of his supporters and ruled out any possibility of a “progressive alliance” with the third big party in the current Parliament – SNP. His refusal came a day after Nicola Surgeon, the SNP leader, called for an alliance with the rest of the parties so they can stop the Tories from forming another government. According to Corbyn, SNP “wants to break up the UK” and “it has no interest in making it [the UK] work better”. Additionally, he pointed at Nicola Sturgeon as “She couldn’t be more wrong” in her decision of calling for second referendum for independence. “Independence would lead to turbo-charged austerity in Scotland – not progressive politics.” concluded Corbyn.

Meanwhile in Bolton, during her election rally Theresa May said that, while the other parties are fighting among themselves, the only “clear” alternative the country has is a Tory’s government. “Only we can give that plan for a stronger Britain for a more secure future, but only you can give us the mandate. So, vote for a strong and stable leadership in this country; vote for the strong and stable leadership this country needs”, the prime minister, wearing her icon leopard print shoes, said in front of the cheering crowd.