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"We understand that, in the immediate run-up to an election, signalling a willingness to work with other parties might be hard but we hope you'll agree that the times we are living in require leaders to be courageous and visionary, to actively build a more positive politics", the pair said in an open letter to the Labour and Lib Dem leaders.

Only Labour or the Tories can win this election and voting Labour is the only way to remove Theresa May from office. But the temptation for Theresa May to increase her parliamentary majority proved irresistibleIt was of course the polls that clinched it. Theresa May didn't want to hold a general election.

In his first speech of the General Election campaign the Labour leader will say that if he won't "play by the rules" if he becomes Prime Minister on 8 June, but stand up for the British people he calls "the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors".

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Mr Woodcock said his opposition was founded in part on Mr Corbyn's opposition to the Trident nuclear deterrent, which is a crucial provider of jobs in the Cumbria constituency.

Labour MPs Jonathan Reynolds, Lisa Nandy and Clive Lewis were publicly slapped down by the leadership when they called for the party not to put up a candidate in Richmond Park.

Green party writes to Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders requesting talks on an anti-Tory alliance.

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And, with his party trailing the Conservatives in the polls by more than 20 points, he said that the election was not a "foregone conclusion".

However, a bid to oust him floundered. Despite this, most of the party's MPs will back the government's efforts to unpick the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and allow an early vote.

Britons voted by 52-48 percent in June 2016 to leave the European Union, and May says re-electing her with a bigger majority will strengthen the U.K.'s hand in divorce negotiations with the bloc. 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.

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Adding to the pressure is May's apparent ability to bridge the class divide, with the latest YouGov poll finding she was nearly as popular with poorer voters as she was with the affluent. "It's a bad time for the Liberal Democrats as well as the rest". "But we vote with individuals and parties on particular issues". I think it is rubbish what she is saying about a country divided - she obviously doesn't live round where I live.

That will be the key Tory message - strong versus weak leadership. "And I want to lead a government that will transform this country, give real hope to everybody and above all bring about a principle of justice for everybody and economic opportunities for everybody".

"Even if the divisions went away, it still wouldn't be clear what Labour stands for", he said.

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While Mrs May sought to frame the election as about Brexit, he insisted it was a battle of "the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest, versus the Labour Party, the party that is standing up for working people to improve the lives of all".