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Boris Johnson embarks on blitz of Labour-held marginals in final 72 hours of election campaign

Boris Johnson embarks on blitz of Labour-held marginals in final 72 hours of election campaign
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Boris Johnson is embarking on a blitz of Labour-held marginal seats in the final 72 hours of the election campaign as he tries to secure a Conservative majority.


The Prime Minister is visiting every region in England and Wales in the last three days before polling to warn voters they face a “great betrayal” on Brexit under Labour.

In constituencies which voted in favour of leaving the EU in 2016, he will say their Labour MPs have “stuck two fingers up to the public” by planning to hold another referendum.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is also making a final push for votes ahead of 12 December with a promise that Labour would put "money in your pocket" if it emerges victorious.

The Labour leader will also focus on the NHS and his party’s key message that only his party will prevent it from being sold off in a US trade deal after Brexit.

Mr Johnson will spend Monday visiting four Brexit-voting Labour seats across Humber and the North East, before ending the day in the South West.

In Brexit-supporting Sunderland, where the first result from the EU referendum in 2016 was announced, he will say: "It’s now been 1,264 days since Sunderland’s roar was heard on the night of 23 June 2016.

"1,264 days in which parliament should have delivered what you voted for, taken us out of the EU, and addressed all the reasons you voted so decisively for change.

"You voted to leave the EU because you wanted to stop sending the EU money we could spend at home, to end uncontrolled and unlimited immigration from the EU, to take back control from an unelected elite in Brussels – and to force politicians in Westminster to listen to you, not just London and the South East.

"Instead we have had 1,264 days of dither and delay, prevarication and procrastination, obfuscation and obstruction."

He will add: “The Labour party has let you down most of all.

“Under Jeremy Corbyn, they promised to honour the result of the referendum – before voting against Brexit every chance they had.

“They won their seats on a false prospectus and then stuck two fingers up to the public.

“Now they are proposing another referendum – this time rigging the result by extending the franchise to 2 million EU citizens.

“It’s been the ‘great betrayal’, orchestrated from Islington by politicians who sneer at your values and ignore your votes.”

The PM will visit north Wales, the Midlands and the North West on Tuesday, before finishing his three-day tour with trips to Yorkshire, Lancashire and the East Midlands on Wednesday.

Mr Corbyn will speak at a rally in Bristol and campaign in Gloucestershire and the West Midlands on Monday and focus on their policies to boost voters’ finances.

At events in Wales on Sunday the Labour leader highlighted their promises to increase the national living wage to £10 an hour, expanding free childcare, cutting household bills and providing free personal care for the over-65s.

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