Len McCluskey 'confident' that opinion polls will start to turn for Labour

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Labour said it would improve "engagement and dialogue" with the devolved administrations and would seek to ensure the final Brexit deal addressed "specific concerns".

Noting how the Prime Minister was hiding from a live head-to-head, he said: "So come on Mr Hammond, come and have a debate with me because once we've had that debate people will realise just what your government is all about: more austerity stifling our economy; failing to ensure that people in work are properly paid and undermining those people who can't work as a result of your benefit cuts". "I think it would be extraordinary", McCluskey was quoted as saying.

A PA poll of polls also put the party ahead but at 31%.

Critics say the move leftwards stirs memories of the party's 1983 manifesto, described then by a Labour lawmaker as "the longest suicide note in history" for helping the Conservatives, and some have questioned how the party can fund its program.

Meantime, the Labour frontbencher, following the publication of Labour's manifesto, released a video challenging Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to a TV debate. "Jeremy Corbyn has made so many unfunded spending commitments it is clear that Labour would have to raise taxes dramatically because his sums don't add up". Mr McCluskey's prediction of 200 seats for Labour suggests a Tory majority of around 80.

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In his interview with Politico, Mr McCluskey said working class voters who say they are going to vote Tory for the first time are doing so "because their mind is being turned by the constant attack of the media on Jeremy Corbyn and the image that they've pinned on Jeremy".

In what its leader Jeremy Corbyn called "a blueprint of what Britain could be", Labour promised to renationalize rail and mail services and water utilities and take some of the energy sector into public hands to better control prices. He's got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it's going to be a very, very hard task. "So I believe in these next few weeks we can do it". That's why the Labour party is opposed to another referendum.

"Whether that breakthrough can happen, we'll wait and see".

According to a Britain Elects poll at the start of the week, the Conservatives had a 17 point lead, with 46.8% of the vote, while Labour trailed in second with 29.8%. "The truth is, wherever he goes ... there are massive, massive crowds that turn out for him".

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