Jeremy Corbyn claims Labour is 'new centre-ground' as Party 'inches closer to Government'

Posted on Dec 31 2017 - 9:35pm by admin

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Jeremy Corbyn claims Labour is the new consensus

Mr Corbyn is considered by some to be the most radical leader of the Labour Party since Michael Foot in the 1980s.

The current Labour Party has swelled with members from the hard-left group “Momentum” in a similar way it was infiltrated by the Trotskyist group “Militant” in the 80s.

But the emboldened Mr Corbyn claims Labour’s position is the new “centre consensus” and the party is a “Government in waiting”.

Mr Corbyn said: “The old political consensus is finished. We are staking out the new centre-ground in British politics, backing the things which most people want but are blocked by vested interests.

“We are a government in waiting, while the Conservatives are weak and divided and stuck in an outdated rut with no new ideas.

“The hope of a new Britain, run in the interests of the many, not the few, is closer than ever before.

“Together we can, and we will deliver it.”

The Labour Leader has been repeatedly accused of “hating” the UK after such gaffes as not singing the national anthem at a Battle of Britain service.

In his statement, he says he thinks the UK is “fantastic” but is being held back by a “self-serving elite”.

He added: “Ours is a fantastic country full of wonderful, caring and talented people with the hope of a great future ahead of us, where we all share in the wealth we create.

“But we are being held back by a self-serving elite, who look after themselves and their friends and a failed system which delivers staggering wealth at the top, while more and more people struggle to simply make ends meet.

When Jeremy Corbyn was first nominated to become the Labour leader in 2015 he was given odds of 100-1.

Not only did he defy the odds by being elected leader of the Labour Party after two contests by a landslide victory, he also scuppered Theresa May’s hopes of an easy General Election.

He continued: “In 2017 we said: no more. There is an alternative and millions joined our cause in the general election.

“And now the establishment’s secret is out: they’re not as strong as they appear. Let’s face it, they have no idea how to fix their broken system or upgrade our stagnant economy.

“In 2018, Labour’s mission is to give our people support and security, use their talents, unleash their creativity and fulfil their hopes.

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Corbyn is considered to be one of the most radical Labour leaders since Michael Foot

According to betting site “Betfair”, Jeremy Corbyn is now eight points ahead of the Conservatives.

Despite the apparent success, Mr Corbyn has critics from within his own Party ranks.

Most notably from the former leader who branded himself as the original “centre ground” candidate, Tony Blair.

Mr Blair said in November that Labour should be 20 points ahead of the polls due to unprecedented turmoil within the Conservative Party.

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Tony Blair said Labour should be 20 points ahead in the polls

Appearing on Radio Four’s Today programme, he said: “I pay tribute to the campaign Corbyn ran, I think that he showed a lot of character in the way that he ran that campaign. He generated a lot of enthusiasm. I buy all of that.

“But I also think that it’s important and salutary for us to remember this government is in a greater degree of mess than any government I can remember. Even in the 1990s the Tory government was a paragon of stability compared with this, and yet we’re a couple of points ahead and I think I’m right that Corbyn is not yet ahead of her as Prime Minister.

“So I pay tribute to all of that, but I still say ‘Come on guys, we should be 15, 20 points ahead’.”

But, Mr Blair fails to recognise the significant stride made by Labour by being ahead of the polls as earlier in 2017 Mr Corbyn’s Party was dubbed the “worst opposition in history”.

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