Poll boost for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour slashes Tory general election lead

The UK Conservative Party has a 13-point lead over the Labour Party ahead of the next month's parliamentary elections and following announcement by the country's major political parties of their pre-election manifestos, a fresh poll revealed on Saturday.

Mrs May said seven years of Tory-led government had seen rising employment and economic growth while the state deficit was reduced by three-quarters.

She will accuse the Tories and SNP of trying to hijack the result of the Scottish independence and European Union referendums, and argue a vote for Labour rejects the "extremes" of both those parties.

"But let me say this - over this next couple of weeks, if he's still there, I am challenging him to a televised debate".

But how can all this spending be achieved under a Labour leader who has campaigned against the "toxic burden" of the PFI, and wants to nationalise rather than privatise as a general rule (the manifesto pledges to scrap tolls on the Severn Bridge and have forests, prisons, care services and railways in national hands)?

Mr McCluskey's intervention came hours after Mr Corbyn launched his party's manifesto, which the Labour leader described as a "programme of hope" and which included billions for schools and the NHS and an expansion of free childcare.

The General Election could determine if the United Kingdom continues to exist, Kezia Dugdale warned, as she urged people in Scotland to reject the nationalist politics offered by the SNP and the Conservatives.

Britain, Mr. Corbyn said at his manifesto announcement at the University of Bradford, had been "run for the rich, the elite and the vested interests", adding: "They have benefited from tax cuts and bumper salaries while millions have struggled".

On the chances of a Labour victory, Mr McCluskey said: In terms of the imagery of Jeremy, that's a huge task.

"I am very proud that we have a party that is diverse, that is inclusive, that is pluralistic and this manifesto is a product of that process".

In the 2015 general election, under Ed Miliband's leadership, Labour got 30.4 per cent of the vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Conservative's policies would set the young against the old in a "war between generations".

Jeremy Corbyn addresses supports in Swinnow Community Centre.

In a press conference with Chancellor Philip Hammond in London, Mrs May said ordinary people would "pay the price of Labour" in higher taxes, mortgage rates and unemployment at a time when the country was going through Brexit negotiations.

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