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JEREMY CORBYN has warned that the Tories have led Britain into a “political and constitutional storm” as the return of Parliament this September fast approaches.
The Labour leader made the comments in a major speech at a children’s centre in Corby, Northamptonshire, today where he lambasted PM Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump.”
He blamed the Conservative Party’s “failure on Brexit and its lurch to the hard right” for provoking the “crisis” that Britain will face this autumn.
Mr Corbyn called for a no-confidence vote and general election, saying the Tories are not fit to govern while savaging their record on austerity.
“Boris Johnson’s government wants to use no-deal to create a tax haven for the super-rich on the shores of Europe and sign a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump,” he warned.
“Not so much a No Deal Brexit — more a Trump Deal Brexit,” he said.
He said a transatlantic trade deal with the US President would “destroy people’s jobs, push up food prices in the shops and open our NHS to takeover by US private corporations.
“That’s a price Boris Johnson is willing to pay because it won’t be him and his wealthy friends paying it — it will be you.”
He reaffirmed that Labour would hold another vote on Brexit if it won an election. But Mr Corbyn also said the public faced a “fundamental choice” that went beyond Britain’s relationship with Europe.
He referred to a series of policies from the party’s hugely popular 2017 manifesto and pledged to implement them once in power.
“We’ll bring rail, mail, water and the national grid into public ownership, so the essential utilities people rely on are run by and for the public — not shareholders.
“And we’ll give tenants more power and security including controlling rents so dodgy landlords can’t rip them off.
“We’ll put workers on company boards and give the workforce a 10 per cent stake in large companies — paying a dividend of as much as £500 a year to each employee.”
Mr Corbyn also promised to tackle the climate crisis and turn it “into an opportunity, to rebuild British industry with a Green Industrial Revolution that will create 400,000 well-paid high-skilled jobs in renewable energy.”
He said this investment would particularly benefit “parts of our country that never recovered from the decimation of our industrial base by Margaret Thatcher’s government. Places like here in Corby, where the closure of the steelworks cost thousands upon thousands of jobs.
“Imagine if the Derbyshire and Yorkshire coalfields that once powered the nation became the new centres of green energy generation.
“Or if towns that used to make locomotives built the next generation of high-speed electric trains.
“Just imagine how it would feel for those communities to once again be the beating heart of our economy while reducing our greenhouse emissions.”
He said the alternative was for voters to stick with Mr Johnson, “the fake populist and phoney outsider funded by the hedge funds and bankers, committed to protecting the vested interests of the richest and the elites while posing as anti-establishment.”
Mr Corbyn dismissed the Tories’ sudden spending splurge and said it “insults voters’ intelligence to expect them to be grateful for a bit of extra money here and there.”
And he warned that it was the Conservative Party that “ran our public services into the ground in the first place.”
He also said that Boris Johnson’s propaganda on tackling crime meant the Tories were finally beginning to admit some of the damage caused by their austerity policies.
“The Conservatives have now conceded that we were right, but police cuts are not the only reason violent crime has doubled,” Mr Corbyn said.
“What the Tories won’t address is the much wider impact of austerity: the closed youth services, under-resourced mental healthcare and the lack of funding for community mentoring.”
He also pledged to make it compulsory for local government to deliver youth services and said that a Labour government would provide “free learning from the cradle to the grave including free school meals for all primary children, smaller class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds and no tuition fees at university or college.”
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