'Labour leaked manifesto to knock Theresa May off the front pages', says Labour List editor Peter Edwards

'Purpose of Labour manifesto leak was to knock Theresa May off the front pages', says editor Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards, editor of Labour List, spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the 43-page leaked document

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A leading journalist has claimed the purpose of the leaked Labour Party manifesto was to "knock Theresa May off the front pages." 

The party's election manifesto leaked on Thursday morning, revealing that Jeremy Corbyn plans to reverse the years of austerity imposed by the last two governments, scrapping tuition fees while boosting worker's rights.

The party has said it doesn't comment on leaks, but its national campaigns co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne told Good Morning Britain it was a drafted list of ideas.

Peter Edwards, who is the editor of Labour List, said while it was unknown who leaked the document, the main purpose was to take the focus off Theresa May and the Conservative Party.

In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said it had worked, for a debate on "whether it’s a vision to transform Britain or a return to the 1970s" will now be in the public headspace. 

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