From The Independent: Jeremy Corbyn has accused Donald Trump of putting the lives of millions of people at risk as he criticised the Tory government for welcoming the US president to the UK.
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From Daily Mirror: Jeremy Corbyn has called for cannabis to be decriminalised for medical use “as quickly as possible.”
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From The Independent: Jeremy Corbyn is set to claim there is mounting evidence Tory austerity and inequality are “killing people”, in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the NHS.
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Theresa May is owned by Jeremy Corbyn, and the look on her face is highly amusing!
Owen Jones talks on BBC Newsnight about media framing of Jeremy Corbyn‘s response to the Russian spy poisoning.
From RT: Jeremy Corbyn poured his scorn on the May government over announcements that the Tories claim will pull Britons out of poverty and put the young on the property ladder.
Corbyn slammed the government, and mocked them for the policies that he agreed with, stating they had been “lifted” from his own manifesto. “It’s falling pay, slow growth and rising poverty,” he said.
“This is what the chancellor has the cheek to call a strong economy. The poorest tenth of households will lose 10 percent of income by 2022, while the richest will lose just 1 percent. So much for tackling burning injustice. This is a government tossing fuel on the fire,” added the Labour leader.
“8.3 million people are over indebted. If he wants to help people out of debt, back Labour policy for a real living wage of £10 per hour by 2020.” Read more
Jeremy Corbyn writes in the Observer: “Theresa May should never have appointed someone as Britain’s top diplomat who had accused Barack Obama of being anti-British because he’s ‘part-Kenyan’, and notoriously wrote about ‘flag-waving piccaninnies’.
“Now, after 16 months of the foreign secretary damaging Britain’s standing in the world, she should sack him.
“With shocking callousness, Boris Johnson caused outrage last month by declaring that the Libyan city of Sirte could become ‘the next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’. Read more
From Metro: A lot of people are questioning why Theresa May refused to meet residents during a “private” visit after the Grenfell Tower fire.
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From The Independent: Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May to resign as Prime Minister over her record on cuts to police numbers as the political row over recent terror events intensified.
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From The London Economic: Thousands of people turned out in the rain to watch Jeremy Corbyn speak tonight in Gateshead after Theresa May struggled to fill a room on the Conservative campaign trail.
John Prescott tweeted that Labour didn’t pull crowds the size of the one tonight in 1997 as pictures emerged of people lining the banks of the Tyne.
Speaking outside the Sage in Gateshead, Corbyn was roundly applauded as chants of his name echoed around.
He thanked people on both sides of the river, saying: “The bridge unites us, the politics unites us, the future gives us hope in unity.”
From The Independent: Jeremy Corbyn has torn into Theresa May’s security record in the wake of the London Bridge attack, accusing her of trying to “protect the public on the cheap”. In a speech in Carlisle the Labour leader highlighted the 20,000 police officers cut while Ms May was Home Secretary and Prime Minister and said the police “must get the resources they need”.
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From The Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn will return to campaigning for the general election on Friday morning after the pause following the Manchester bombing. He plans to give a speech criticising police cuts and drawing a link between British foreign policy and terror attacks.
With less than a fortnight until polling day, the Labour leader will tell an audience in London that a government led by his party would provide more resources for law enforcement and the NHS to ensure people were “not protected and cared for on the cheap”.
The longtime peace campaigner and former chair of the Stop the War coalition will also argue that it is the responsibility of government to ensure that “our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country”.
Via “The People Vs The Government, DWP and Atos”: Strangely enough, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph reports on the Labour #GE17 manifesto didn’t have room for any of these Labour manifesto policies…
#GiveCorbynAFairChance #LabourManifesto: The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph didn't have room on their front pages for any of this 🙂 #GE17 #StopTheTories
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From The Guardian: “In 1983, I stood up in parliament for the first time and used my maiden speech to condemn deeply damaging cuts in public services and the NHS. It’s a tragedy that I could make a very similar speech today and it would once again hold true.”
“At the time, young protesters were being shot dead on the streets by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. Nelson Mandela and hundreds of ANC leaders were in prison. The Conservative government refused to impose sanctions, entertained the leaders of the regime and banned protests outside the South African embassy in London.”
Being an MP helped bring attention to that ban and the wider cause of South Africa’s liberation, and got a group of us arrested. But the space for people in Britain to organise in support of freedom in South Africa was defended and strengthened. And I realised then that political leaders can, if they want to, create and preserve the space for others to organise and transform countries.”
His yardstick for measuring the performance of Labour and Conservative governments over the last three decades was the extent to which they dealt with unfairness and created a better society, he said.
“It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail.”
“Much of the media and establishment are saying that this election is a foregone conclusion. 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.”
“But of course, they do not want us to win. Because when we win it is the people, not the powerful, who win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker, the student, the carer win. We all win.”
“It is the establishment that complains I don’t play the rules: by which they mean their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. We don’t fit in their cosy club. We ‘re not obsessed with the tittle-tattle of Westminster or Brussels.”
“We don’t accept that it is natural for Britain to be governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax-dodgers, and we don’t accept that the British people just have to take what they’re given, that they don’t deserve better.”
From The World Turned Upside Down:
- Apartheid: Jeremy was a staunch opponent of the Apartheid regime and a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC.
- Austerity: Right from the beginning Jeremy argued and campaigned against austerity.
- Tuition fees: Jeremy opposed New Labour’s introduction of university tuition fees, which explicitly broke Labour’s 1997 election manifesto pledge, as well as all of the subsequent increases. Fees were then trebled under New Labour before being trebled again by the coalition government, leaving the average student in £53k of debt.
- LGBT rights: As noted in Pink News, Jeremy was an early champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) rights. At a time when the Tories decried supporting LGBT rights as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.
- Iraq: In the 1970s and 1980s, while the UK and other Western government were selling weapons to their ally Saddam Hussein, Jeremy campaigned and demonstrated against it, as well as protesting against the mass killings of Iraqi Kurds by Saddam’s regime.