Labour at new high after manifesto boost

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Despite the rise in support for Labour, there are indications that Labour's support is "softer" than the Conservatives.

Theresa May was confronted by a fan of Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto as she took calls from the public in a "telephone town hall" event.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that Labour's plans would see individuals and firms taxed more than at any point since the 1950s.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, launches the party's election manifesto at Bradford University, United Kingdom, on Tuesday. "I think it would be extraordinary", McCluskey was quoted as saying. While many of Labour's policies are popular - among them, renationalizing some rail, energy and utility companies - the party faces hard questions about how it plans to fulfill its pledges without large increases in taxes and government borrowing.

"I wish the Prime Minister would agree to a televised debate with him, his message would reach so many more people".

But the latest data shows Labour overtook the Tories on all fronts, with users more likely to like and share posts from Labour and Jeremy Corbyn than the Conservatives and Theresa May, on average.

"But our votes are being hijacked by Tory and SNP politicians who want to use how we voted in referendums and general elections to assume something about the kind of future we want to see. So I believe in these next few weeks we can do it".

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But the union leader did not rule out victory entirely, adding that Labour was "fighting for every vote".

Labour's councillors in Aberdeen were requested to stand down from the arrangement by 5pm last night but instead formally ratified it at the city chambers. Should than happen, it would be Labour's worst result since 1935.

McCluskey's analysis, made in an interview with the Politico website, was widely seen as an attempt to lower expectations, in order to prepare to make an argument for Corbyn to remain as Labour leader even if he suffers a heavy election defeat.

Many local Labour politicians said "success" was winning a majority of the 650 seats available in parliament and warned that McCluskey's comments were demoralising. "Labour will move Britain forward with ambitious plans to unlock the country's potential".

But writer Barnaby Neale, a Labour volunteer, said the "inspiring" manifesto would sway voters.

Corbyn, who is flagging badly in the opinion polls, promised to "change our country" with a raft of proposals including raising taxes on the well-off and renationalising key industries.

As well as ring-fencing mental health budgets, a Labour government would increase the proportion spent on children's mental health services, the manifesto states.

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