Jeremy Corbyn unveils campaign pledges as he puts Labour on election footing

Posted On: 
26th July 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a series of campaign pledges as he demanded Boris Johnson hold a general election.

Jeremy Corbyn with frontbenchers Richard Burgon and Diane Abbott at the election rally.
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The Labour leader said the new Prime Minister has "no plan for this country" and needed to make way for his party.

He spoke out at a rally in Parliament Square on Thursday night demanding an election.

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Mr Corbyn said: “Never mind the bluster and arm waving, he’s got no plan for this country. 

"No plan on Brexit, no plan to rebuild our public services, and no plan to tackle the climate emergency.

“He spent his leadership campaign, promising tax giveaways to the richest, and the big corporations. And he’s threatening a no deal Brexit, staking all of our futures on a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump that would risk the takeover of our NHS by US corporations."

Mr Corbyn announced six key pledges which he said would be rolled out by an incoming Labour government.

They included the retention of the winter fuel allowance, free TV licences and bus passes for pensioners;,free school meals for all primary school children and a reduction in class sizes for five to seven-year-olds.

Labour would also introduce a £10-an-hour living wage, boost NHS spending and create 400,000 jobs in a "green industrial revolution".

And on Brexit, he said Labour backed a public vote on any deal, and would campaign for Remain against a no-deal or "bad Tory deal".

Mr Corbyn added: “This Prime Minister wasn’t chosen by the people, he was chosen by fewer than 100,000 unrepresentative Tory Party members.

"You deserve your say. Whether that’s in a public vote on Brexit or in a General Election, so everyone has the chance to decide the future of our country.

“The choice will be between Johnson’s divisive government for the wealthy few – and a radical Labour government that will bring the country together and deliver for the many."