Labour eyes referendum on Brexit deal in 2017 manifesto

Mr Corbyn said Labour was the party of "hope and opportunity" for everybody, before speaking about his plans to abolish zero-hours contracts and to introduce a £10 an hour living wage for everybody.

TRT World's Sara Firth investigates the current state of the Labour Party.

Brexit has divided both of Britain's main political parties, but Labour is also struggling under Corbyn's leadership, with 172 of his 229 MPs past year trying unsuccessfully to oust him.

His father's office added that it was "categorically untrue".

A failure to do so would give Mrs May, who has said "no deal is better than a bad deal", a "free hand" to pursue a "Brexit at any cost", with no option for the United Kingdom to change its mind about leaving the European Union if the exit terms are unpalatable.

"Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first".

Mr Corbyn said: "We're gaining support, we're gaining a huge amount of ground".

"Now, it's a very clear choice at this election".

Labour's National Executive Committee has agreed that it will take control of the process of selecting parliamentary candidates, working alongside regional boards to ensure vacancies are filled.

The June 8 election has been dubbed a "Brexit election" but as the speech indicated, Corbyn is keen to convert it into a mandate on the policies of the Theresa May government on issues such as health, funding cuts, education and employment rights.

Mr Corbyn said, 'Seven years of Tory failure and broken promises have left our schools in a bad state.

It is the largest lead for the Conservatives and their highest rating in a YouGov poll since 2008, while UKIP's standing is the lowest in more than four years.

The next general election had been expected in 2020, but the Fixed Term Parliaments Act allows for one to be held earlier if it has the support of two-thirds of MPs.

Far from being necessary for the success of Brexit negotiations, the June 8 poll has been called because Tories believe they can capitalise on Labour's weakness under Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrat leader said. We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game.

Conservative Party leaders have said they are planning a "decapitation strategy" targeting Labour heartland seats in the North.

It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares to make his first keynote speech of the election campaign today.

Introducing the Labour leader, Mr Jones said: "We know that Britain faces a choice, a choice between a exhausted Tory government that has run out of ideas and a Labour Party full of ideas, full of hope for the future".

"Much of the media and the establishment... think there are rules in politics, which if you don't follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can't really change, then you can't win".

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