Jeremy Corbyn vows not to 'play by the rules' if he becomes Prime Minister as he insists Labour defeat not inevitable

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20th April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn will today insist the result of the election is not a "foregone conclusion" and vow not to "play by the rules" if he becomes Prime Minster on 8 June.

Jeremy Corbyn will kick off Labour's election campaign with a furious assault on the Conservatives.
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In a hard-hitting speech formally launching Labour's election campaign, he will paint Labour as the anti-establishment party and single out Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley as examples of those who benefit from Britain's "rigged system".

Rejecting the widely-held view that Labour is heading for defeat, the Labour leader will say: “Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion.

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“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.

“But of course those people don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful, who win.

“They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. They’re quite right I don’t. And a Labour government elected on 8 June won’t play by their rules.

“These rules have created a cosy cartel which rigs the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations. It’s a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors.

“But things can, and they will, change. And Labour in this election will be part of a movement of the British people to make that change.”

Mr Corbyn will add: “The Conservatives will use all the divide and rule tricks of the Lynton Crosby trade to protect the wealth extractors’ rigged system.

“If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green, I’d be worried about a Labour government. If I were Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax avoiding multinational corporation, I’d want to see a Tory victory.

“Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first. That’s why we will prove the establishment experts wrong and change the direction of this election – because the British people know that they are the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors.”