Fired-up Jeremy Corbyn frames election as ‘the establishment versus the people’
And he refuses to rule out a second EU referendum.
In his first major general election speech, Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to frame the upcoming contest as a battle between "the people” and “the establishment".
The Labour leader made it clear that he plans to present himself as a champion of the powerless against political and business elites.
"The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer from the outset. It is the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest versus the Labour Party the party that is standing up for working people to improve the lives of all," he said.
"It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail."
Stepping up the rebel rhetoric, Corbyn said he was proud not to play by the rules.
"In a sense, the establishment and their camp followers in the media are quite right. I don’t play by their rules. And if a Labour Government is elected on 8 June, then we won’t play by their rules either."
Corbyn also claimed the Conservatives were "drunk on a failed ideology" and urged voters not to fall for their "divide-and-rule tricks".
He said: "Don’t be angry at the privatisers profiting from our public services, they whisper, be angry instead at the migrant worker just trying to make a better life. Don’t be angry at the government ministers running down our schools and hospitals, they tell us, be angry instead at the disabled woman or the unemployed man."
In the question and answer session with the media after the speech, Corbyn got especially fired up when asked by the BBC's Martha Kearney if Labour was a tainted brand.
In an outburst reminiscent of David Cameron when he was ‘pumped up’ in 2015 general election, Corbyn exclaimed energetically:
"We’re bigger than we have ever been, we're stronger than we've ever been and we’re more determined than we've ever been!"
Corbyn also refused to rule out a second Brexit referendum when asked to do so by Sky News’ Tamara Cohen.
It follows reports in The Times that “senior party figures” in Labour are pushing the party leadership to promise to hold a second referendum in an attempt to win the support of Remain voters.
A spokesperson for Corbyn subsequently said: "Our position hasn’t changed and we have laid out our six tests for any Brexit deal. We have consistently demanded a meaningful vote in Parliament and as the government, will bring the deal we negotiate to Parliament before it is finalised to ensure democratic accountability.
"We will be laying out all our policies, including on Brexit, in further detail in the coming weeks and next month in our manifesto."
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