Jeremy Corbyn Promises to ‘Overturn Rigged System’


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Jeremy Corbyn makes his first keynote speech of the election in London (Image: Hannah Mckay/Reuters)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has promised to “overturn the rigged system” by placing power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”.

He went on to say that the election isn’t a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the “Establishment experts”.

He also added that a Labour government would not “play by their rules”.

Current Prime Minister Theresa May, hoping to convert the Tories’ poll lead into a bigger Commons majority, said that she will extend her influence in Brexit negotiations and engender the “strong and stable leadership” the country requires.

Mr Corbyn could have blocked Theresa May’s recent decision to hold a general election in Parliament but instead insisted that his MPs support the snap poll in a Commons vote on Wednesday.

The Labour Party appears to be running an anti-establishment campaign, presenting itself as a defender of the powerless against the establishment.

Addressing an audience of Labour supporters in London, Mr Corbyn inveighed against the “morally bankrupt” Conservatives who he said refused to employ the required punitive measures against tax avoiders and other members of a “gilded elite,” who were taking wealth “from the pockets of ordinary working people”.

Labour would “end this racket”, “overturn the rigged system,” and would “focus on the kind of country we want to have after Brexit” – eschewing Theresa May’s election campaign as an “ego trip about her own failing leadership”.

And he insisted all of Labour’s policies, which include an increase in corporation tax for big business and an increase in money for carers and a £10 an hour minimum wage, were “fully costed”.

Despite Labour’s poor opinion poll ratings, Mr Corbyn pointed to the fact that he was given a 200/1 chance of becoming Labour leader in 2015.

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