Corbyn launches populist campaign for Downing Street as he vows to rise against the media and the establishment

The Leader of the Opposition today launched Labour’s campaign for June’s General Election.

In a speech that seemed to channel U.S. president Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn launched an attack on the media, the elites and the establishment, pledging to run a government “for the people”.

The Labour Party is currently lagging behind Theresa May’s Conservatives by 24 points, according to a YouGov/Times poll for April 18-19.

Speaking out against his low poll ratings he reminded the crowd how he defied odds 200/1 to become Labour leader two years ago.

In the first major speech of what looks to be a populist-lead campaign, Mr Corbyn criticised the “media and the establishment”, calling them wrong to treat the election as a “foregone conclusion”. He also pledged that a Labour government would “overturn the rigged system”.

The longtime socialist promised not to play by the rules and crack down on the “cosy cartels” that hold power.

He said he would target the rich, ruling for the “majority first” and rip up the system that was created “by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors.”

Mr Corbyn was forced to clarify that he would not back a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union after initial confusion as both he and the shadow chancellor John McDonnell refused to comment on the matter.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later confirmed: “A second referendum is not our policy and it won’t be in our manifesto.”

 

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