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Len McCluskey ‘confident’ that opinion polls will start to turn for Labour

The Unite general secretary claimed reports of him saying Labour will do well to hold onto 200 seats had been taken out of context.

The leader of the country’s biggest trade union says he is confident the opinion polls will start to change in Labour’s favour following the publication of the party’s “fantastic” manifesto.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said reported comments that Labour will have had a successful election if it wins 200 seats were taken out of context.

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He said: “My comments were part of a conversational piece which have been slightly taken out of context because it was done on the basis of ‘if the polls are to be believed’.

“The reality, of course, is that Labour has launched their manifesto, a fantastic manifesto, a manifesto for workers, for ordinary working people and a manifesto which will change Britain for the better.

“We are getting constant feedback from our members and there’s been an incredible response, a very positive response.

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“I think therefore it’s going to be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. I feel full of confidence now that the opinion polls can start to change.

“The Labour Party campaign has outshone the Tories’ comfortably. Jeremy Corbyn has come across as a man of the people and real leader.

“I believe these next three weeks will throw up something that is quite extraordinary. I’m full optimism for what Labour can achieve.

“There is everything to play for now and we’ll be fighting for every single vote.”

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Speaking to the Politico website Mr McCluskey had said the scale of the task for Labour was “immense” and admitted: “I don’t see Labour winning.”

Labour in opposition held 229 seats in the last parliament, but Mr McCluskey said: “I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign.

“It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.”

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