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JEREMY CORBYN blasted Britain’s “corrupt system” and vowed to tackle the “tax dodgers, bad bosses and big polluters” as he launched Labour’s general election campaign in London today.
The Labour leader pledged to “get Brexit sorted” in six months by promising that the public would decide whether they want a “sensible Brexit deal” or no Brexit at all in a new referendum.
Labour has promised it will strike a fresh deal with Brussels before putting it back to the people.
Mr Corbyn hit out at the “tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters and billionaire-owned media holding our country back” and called out the likes of media magnate Rupert Murdoch and billionaire heir Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster.
He highlighted Labour’s “ambitious and radical” bid to transform the nation and the upcoming battle between the “elites” and the people.
Mr Corbyn said: “[Prime Minister] Boris Johnson’s born-to-rule Conservatives protect the privileged few. They’ve slashed taxes for the richest and vital services and support for everyone else.
“This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.
“So are you on the side of the tax-dodgers, who are taking us all for a ride? People who think it’s OK to rip people off and hide their money in tax havens so they can have a new super-yacht.
“Or the children with special educational needs who aren’t getting the support they deserve because of Tory and Lib Dem government cuts?”
Mr Corbyn also warned that the Liberal Democrats are seeking to “divide us further” by using Brexit in a move to “cancel a democratic vote with a parliamentary stitch-up.”
Labour supporters at Battersea Arts Centre chanted: “Not for sale” when Mr Corbyn criticised the PM’s NHS “sell-out deal” and vowed to protect the health service from US President Donald Trump in a post-Brexit trade deal.
Mr Corbyn said: “Despite [Mr Johnson’s] denials, the NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a one-sided Trump trade sell-out.”
He said that he wanted his party’s campaign to focus on domestic policies, including minimum wage rises, housebuilding, ending rough sleeping, renationalising “rail, mail and water” and ending the climate crisis.
“This election is our last chance to tackle the climate emergency with a green industrial revolution,” Mr Corbyn said.
“We have something that the Rupert Murdochs, the [retail boss] Mike Ashleys and the Boris Johnsons don’t have — we have people.
“And when Labour wins, the nurse wins, the pensioner wins, the student wins, the office worker wins, the engineer wins. We all win.”
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