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Jeremy Corbyn claims Labour ‘in new centre ground’ during final pitch for votes

The Labour Party leader completed his 90th rally of the General Election campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to turn Theresa May’s “cynical” calling of a snap election “on its head” and back his “new mainstream” Labour Party at the polls on Thursday.

The Labour leader finished his General Election tour of Britain with a raucous homecoming rally in front of hundreds at the Union Chapel in Islington, north London with a declaration his party was preparing for government.

The fervour of the crowd was matched by the commitment of hundreds more who lined the streets outside to cheer on Mr Corbyn as he made his last pitch for votes after a marathon final day on the campaign trail, which began in Glasgow and took in visits to four Tory-held marginals in England and Wales.

Taking the stage, he was met with chants of “oh Jeremy Corbyn” and a roaring ovation that lasted more than a minute despite shadow foreign secretary and local MP Emily Thornberry’s insistence the party’s manifesto was the real “star of the show” in Labour’s election campaign.

Mr Corbyn, who critics had claimed was too left-wing to attract support, insisted he had positioned Labour in the “new centre ground” and told voters they had the power to choose a country run in the interests of the majority “not the political and corporate elites”.

At his 90th rally of the campaign, he said: “Tomorrow you have the power to say our country can be better than this.

“It can be run in the interests of the majority; not the political and corporate elites.

“People fought and died for our right to vote.

“In the course of this campaign people have lost their lives in Manchester and here in London, citizens of a free and democratic country.

“We can honour the victims of these atrocities tomorrow by voting.

“By showing democracy that will never be cowed by terror and that hope can triumph over fear.

“Labour’s campaign has already changed the face of British politics.

“As we prepare for government, we have already changed the debate and given people hope.

“Hope that it doesn’t have to be like this; that inequality can be tackled; that austerity can be ended; that you can stand up to the elites and the cynics.”

(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Taking on the Prime Minister’s insistence the Tories represent the mainstream, Mr Corbyn added: “This is the new centre ground.

“The place where most people actually are.

“The policies the majority actually want, not what the establishment and its media mouthpieces insist they should want.

“This is the new mainstream, and we have staked it out and made it our own, together.”


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