Len McCluskey wrong to say Labour can not win election - Kezia Dugdale


Jeremy Corbyn's most influential union backer, Len McCluskey, said it will be a "successful campaign" if Labour holds on to just 200 of the House of Commons' 650 seats in next month's general election.

A Conservative spokesman said: "Jeremy Corbyn can't deliver any of this - it just doesn't add up".

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"Today's manifesto from the Labour Party set out a lot of information that to the vast majority of the population in this country will appear very attractive", Jim told Mrs May.

His comments were dismissed by Labour's elections co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne, who said: "This is absolute rubbish from the Tories and yet another wholly cynical ploy to try and avoid scrutiny of their own spending plans".

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You can view the manifesto in full here.

The Labour leader plans to raise £6.4 billion from the top 5% of earners by lowering the threshold for the 45p rate of income tax from £150,000 to £80,000 and introducing a new 50p rate for earnings above £123,000.

Corbyn remains popular with the party membership and his campaign events attract large and fervent crowds, but he has lost the confidence of most of Labour's members of parliament and has extremely low popularity ratings among the broader electorate.

A slew of nationalizations in the rail, water and energy industries capped Labour's pitch with Corbyn offering a "radical and responsible" plan to contrast with May's oft-repeated selling point of "strong and stable" leadership.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Money talks, and in little over 24 hours since Labour launched their manifesto we've seen their biggest and most positive shift in odds in weeks. I think it would be extraordinary", McCluskey was quoted as saying.

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One caller, named Jane, accused Mrs May of "sending attitudes to disabled people back to the 1940s" due to the Government's replacement of disability living allowance with personal independence payments.

Such changes are among the measures to boost the state coffers by the £48.6 billion needed to meet the commitments outlined in the Labour manifesto.

"For the first time you'll be asked to cash-in your home when it comes to paying for your care and your treatment", he told the Press Association.

"I thought, with things like the minimum wage, the NHS, schools and so on, unless you are very careful you are going to find a significant swing to Labour on those issues".

"It's clear that proposal after proposal in this manifesto will mean more borrowing and debt: from promises on benefits, to promises on prison guards, to promises on nationalizing the water network", chief secretary to the finance ministry, David Gauke, said in a statement.

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