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Theresa May campaigning after working-class voters “abandoned by Labour”

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“I will be reaching out to all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long” is expected to say Theresa May “I will be reaching out to all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long” is expected to say Theresa May
Jeremy Corbyn anticipates the pledges in Labour's manifesto - a draft of which was leaked on Wednesday - will be “very popular”. Jeremy Corbyn anticipates the pledges in Labour's manifesto - a draft of which was leaked on Wednesday - will be “very popular”.
A survey found 52% backed Labour's proposals to renationalize the railways, and 50% backed re-nationalization of the Royal Mail, with 25% opposed A survey found 52% backed Labour's proposals to renationalize the railways, and 50% backed re-nationalization of the Royal Mail, with 25% opposed

Conservative PM Theresa May will claim Labour has “deserted” working-class voters as she campaigns in the north east of England on Friday. She will pledge to campaign “in all corners” of the UK to reach those who have been “abandoned by Labour”.

 PM May will say that people have voted Labour for generations but many are “appalled” by Jeremy Corbyn's beliefs. Mr. Corbyn says the pledges in Labor's manifesto - a draft of which was leaked on Wednesday - will be “very popular”.

The leaked draft contains policies on nationalizing railways, renewing Trident weapons, abolishing university tuition fees and scrapping the public sector pay cap.

Speaking after his party unanimously approved the final version, which will be officially unveiled next week, Mr. Corbyn said it would be “an offer that will transform the lives of many people in our society and ensure that we have a government in Britain on 8 June that will work for the many, not the few”.

But Mrs. May will say his program represents a return to “the disastrous socialist policies of the 1970s”. She is expected to add that “proud and patriotic working-class people in towns and cities across Britain have not deserted the Labour Party - Jeremy Corbyn has deserted them”.

“We respect that parents and grandparents taught their children and grandchildren that Labour was a party that shared their values and stood up for their community. ”But across the country today, traditional Labour supporters are increasingly looking at what Jeremy Corbyn believes in and are appalled.“

PM May will highlight Conservative policies to cap energy bills, protect workplace pensions and improve mental health provision, while investing in the armed forces.

”I will be reaching out to all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long. I will be doing everything I can to earn their trust,“ she will say.

”My commitment to them is this: if you put your trust in me, back me, I will strive to be a leader worthy of our great country.“

Meanwhile, a ComRes survey carried out for the Daily Mirror suggests Labor's general election pledges are more popular among voters than Mr. Corbyn himself. ComRes interviewed 1,021 adults online on 11 May and found 52% backed Labor's proposals to renationalize the railways - as set out in the leaked draft manifesto - with 22% against.

The party's proposed reforms to the energy market were supported by 49% with 24% against, while 50% backed re-nationalization of the Royal Mail, with 25% opposed. Banning zero hours contracts was supported by 71% with 16% against, and 65% said they agreed with raising income tax for people earning more than £80,000 a year, with 24% opposed.

However just 30% agreed that Mr. Corbyn should be given a fair chance at leading the country, while 56% said he would be a ”disaster” as prime minister.

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  • The Voice

    Pot , kettle - “I think social media has made people lazy and sheep-like. They see something in print somewhere and never bother to check the source or accuracy as long as they agree with the sentiment. It's the old joke, “I know it's true because I read it somewhere.......in something I wrote”. ”

    And, everyone who voted for Brexit is dumb.... Pot, kettle....

    May 14th, 2017 - 06:44 pm +2
  • ElaineB

    @ DT

    It is so depressing that our campaigning has dropped to such a low level. Brexit divided the country into teams and now we see the same nonsense in GE campaigning. I have friends across the political spectrum but have never seen such partisanship. It really scrapes the barrel when FB derogatory posts about TM's shoes are getting thousands of likes as if that defines her as a politician. “Yeah, she is a devil because she has many pairs of shoes” and “Corbin deliberately ran over the foot of a reporter”. None of it focuses on the actual policies of the candidates. Are the majority really that dumb?

    May 13th, 2017 - 01:23 pm +1
  • The Voice

    Yes, and it's largely the Remoaners who are doing most of the whingeing and division. If they don't like what's happening they can depart and live in the EU Superstate they seem to love. That would solve the housing crisis quite neatly. And just imagine JC directing the armed forces and Dianne Abbot as Chancellor! LOL! And as for Facebook, ignore it, you don't need it to live your life, it's for dumbclucks.

    May 13th, 2017 - 02:29 pm +1
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