WATCH: Labour MP Helen Goodman says election is 'not about changing the Government'

Posted On: 
20th April 2017

The upcoming general election is not about “changing the Government”, a Labour MP has claimed.

Labour MP Helen Goodman being interviewed
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Paul Brand/ITV News

Helen Goodman, who is standing again as the Labour candidate for Bishop Auckland, argued the target was to stop the Conservatives getting an “overwhelming majority”.

Her comments came in an ITV interview when she was being quizzed on whether Jeremy Corbyn was a suitable Prime Minister for the country.

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“I don’t think that this election is about changing the Government,” she replied.  

“I think this election is about preventing the Tories from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country.”

Mr Corbyn trails Theresa May in polling on who the public would prefer to be prime minister, with a YouGov survey today putting 54% in favour of the Conservative leader compared to 15% for the Labour leader.

The Prime Minister yesterday highlighted a series of criticisms from Labour MPs of Mr Corbyn during last year’s leadership contest.