With wind in sails, Corbyn wins hearts in Brexit town

The poll, commissioned by The Times, found the Conservative lead had slipped dramatically in recent weeks and is now within the margin of error.

Corbyn's drive to align Labour more closely with its socialist roots and eschew the pro-business centrist platform championed by three-time election victor Blair has split the party.

"Ich bin ein Corbyn" joked the Labour leader in reply at his Brexit speech in Basildon in Essex.

Labour had a majority of 2,268 at the last election, which May is hoping to overturn as she targets working-class voters who backed Brexit. That's what we are fighting to do.

Asked if he could guarantee that all or a proportion of the one million jobs would go to British workers, Mr Corbyn said after the speech: "They would obviously be for people looking for work, the vast majority will be for people coming out of our schools and our colleges and our universities, and we will not allow anyone to only recruit overseas for jobs here".

"When Labour talks about job creation, we mean decent jobs, jobs which pay a real living wage, which people can get by on, and which give people a sense of pride and objective", Corbyn said in a statement emailed by his party.

"But if we are the largest party then we go ahead".

In an attempt to tackle the perception Corbyn's leadership fuels antisemitism, Labour launched a "race and faith" manifesto on Tuesday, promising to tackle hate crime and recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats.

And former housing minister Brandon Lewis claimed a Labour government would reverse measures created to make it easier to remove travellers and squatters from illegally-occupied sites.

If Ms May fails to win an overall majority, she would be forced to strike a deal with another party to continue governing either as a coalition or a minority government.

Jessica McAndrew from Beattie, the creative communications group, which carried out the research, said: "A party can be very strategic in messaging specific groups in order to create an echo chamber where users will engage with content and strengthen its message within a key demographic".

In his speech, Mr Corbyn delivered one of his strongest attacks yet on Mrs May's integrity - and asked voters to consider who they trusted more. "At the end of the day, honesty is the best policy", he said.

Mr Corbyn also turned his fire on the PM over Brexit, accusing her of risking a "jobs meltdown" with her hardline stance to negotiations that he said risked Britain crashing out of the European Union without any deal at all.

Ms Long-Bailey, seen as a rising star in the party, said Labour's first industrial mission will be to ensure that 60% of United Kingdom energy comes from low carbon or renewable sources by 2020.

"In sector after sector, "no deal" could prove to be an economic disaster".

"Far from turning Britain into a centre for exports, the main thing we would export under Theresa May would be jobs".

Labour are now even threatening to force a hung parliament, according to YouGov, although other pollsters have the Tory leader higher.

"And after last night it's clearer than ever that just 11 days after the election when the negotiations begin, Jeremy Corbyn's focus wouldn't be on trying to negotiate a deal for Britain in Europe, but on trying to stitch up a deal with Nicola Sturgeon and the rest". "That will cause chaos".

  • Leroy Wright