UK Labour leader comes out fighting ahead of election

She said the chances of the Labour leader becoming Prime Minister was "pie in the sky".

The comments, made during First Minister's Questions, represent a flip-flop on Ms Sturgeon's previous position just 24 hours earlier, when she suggested Labour might scrape into power.

Mr Corbyn ruled out any kind of coalition with the SNP later the same day.

Unfortunately, under Jeremy Corbyn, the past two years have been marred by bitter in-fighting and swing voters may well wonder why they should support someone who can not command the support of his own MPs.

He singled out Mike Ashley, Sports Direct owner and Sir Philip Green who faced severe criticism from Corbyn of the BHS pension scandal.

Although unlikely to fall behind the Liberal Democrats in the number of seats in the House of Commons due to its greater number of safe seats, there is a real possibility the divided Labour Party will secure fewer votes overall, said Prof Bale. If I were Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax avoiding multinational corporation, I'd want to see a Tory victory. Why?

Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin then seized on the comments, insisting Mr Corbyn was sowing "chaos" which would "disrupt our Brexit negotiations".

Speaking in London he said if the party does win he won't be playing by establishment rules when he is in office either.

"Theresa May has no answers to the big challenges facing Britain, just more of the same failed policies which will take the country backwards and make us more unequal".

"That's why we will prove the establishment experts wrong and change the direction of this election - because the British people know that they are the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors".

Mr Corbyn dismissed the polls and predictions that say the Tories will increase their majority from the 17 won in 2015 by David Cameron before he quit.

No election is a foregone conclusion and we have witnessed some major electoral upsets in the past year from the Brexit result to the success of Donald Trump.

"They 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".

"She wants us to believe she is a woman of her word".

Ms Goodman acknowledged that Labour faces an uphill struggle ahead of the June 8 snap election.

In her first campaign visit, to a Labour marginal in Bolton, the Prime Minister told an invited audience: "There's a very clear choice at this election. We only have to take one look at the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going anywhere near number 10 Downing Street-on his own or with the help of anybody else".

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, said the SNP's strategy would be to claim that "living in the United Kingdom under a Conservative government will be hell on earth".

She also rejected Ms Davidson's argument that people could vote tactically for the Conservatives in order to register their opposition to a second independence referendum.

  • Zachary Reyes