Corbyn launches Labour campaign in Manchester


Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to transform Britain “with an upgraded economy run for the many, not for the few”.

Launching Labour’s campaign in Manchester, he told supporters that the stakes are high during this General Election – and said the party must convince “sceptical and undecided” voters to back them on 8 June.

Mr Corbyn criticised the Conservatives’ record in government – and said the British people should not forget about the bedroom tax, increases to tuition fees, cuts to education budgets and increasing privatisation in the NHS.

He said Labour wanted a “jobs first” Brexit which would safeguard the future of Britain’s vital industries – with greater investment in training and skills to make Britons more competitive on the global stage.

“Low pay and insecurity have spread like an epidemic under the Tories,” the Labour leader said.

“When we win, the British people win. The nurse, the teacher, the carer, the builder, the office worker – they all win.”

Mr Corbyn also warned: “When Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers.

“Today I say to the tax cheats, the rip-off bosses and the greedy bankers: enough is enough.”

Standing in front of Labour’s new battle bus, he told the crowd in Stretford that they have four weeks to “ruin” the Conservative Party – and immediately after the speech, he was joined on stage by members of his shadow cabinet.

Sky’s Jason Farrell said it was “notable” that Mr Corbyn was keen to get Andy Burnham, Labour’s newly elected “metro-mayor” in Greater Manchester, on stage at the beginning of his speech for a handshake and a wave.

Our Senior Political Correspondent, who was at the event, added: “There were no extra, additional manifesto pledges, which some might say was an opportunity missed considering how much attention it’s had.

“But he did promise that the scale of the change being offered will become very clear.

“Decent jobs, shared wealth creation, affordable homes and a fully-funded NHS and schools seem to be a priority for Jeremy Corbyn.”