Jeremy Corbyn launches 2019 general election campaign

The Labour leader spoke in London today

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has launched the Labour Party's general election campaign in his first major speech ahead of the December 12 poll.

The opposition leader promised the most "ambitious and radical campaign" in British political history in a speech delivered in London.

He went on to criticise “the elite”, blasting the “tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back”.

"Boris Johnson's Conservatives, who think they're born-to-rule, will only ever look after the privileged few," he said.

"They've slashed taxes for the richest and slashed vital services and support for everyone else."

He continued: “We're going after the tax dodgers. We're going after the dodgy landlords. We're going after the bad bosses. We're going after the big polluters. Because we know whose side we, the Labour Party, are on.” 

The Labour leader attacked the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, as a “dodgy landlord”, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch as a propagandist supporting a “rigged system”.

Mr Corbyn also blamed Boris Johnson for failing to deliver on his “do or die” promise to leave the European Union on October 31.

He promised that Labour would get Brexit "sorted" within six months, offering to put it back to the people with the option of "a sensible deal" or remain.

The Prime Minister had said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than seek a Brexit delay, however he has now accepted an extension until January 31.

He said Mr Corbyn “refused to allow” Britain to leave and was causing more uncertainty for families and business.

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