Monday 19 March 2018

Corbyn to push forward plan for far-left government

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

Kate McCann

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to push forward his plan for a far-left government as MPs who opposed him are unlikely to be welcomed back into the shadow cabinet.

Sources close to Mr Corbyn have suggested that moderate MPs who have not been supportive of the leader could be offered roles developing policy for the party in a bid to reward the loyalty of those who stayed by Mr Corbyn's side.

Both Emily Thornberry and John McDonnell warned yesterday against replacing the shadow cabinet with senior moderate MPs amid fears it would create a further rift within the party.

It came as Mr Corbyn vowed to force Theresa May out of Downing Street and to take over as prime minister as a shock new poll showed the party six points ahead of the Conservatives.

The Labour leader called for a second general election in the coming weeks and months amid claims that his party would win if another ballot was held.

He also pledged to block Theresa May's Queen's Speech in the Commons and to table his own instead in a bid to frustrate the prime minister's ability to govern and ultimately force her out through a vote of no confidence.

Mr Corbyn said Labour is quite ready and able to put forward a serious programme of government", which he said "obviously has massive support in this country".


Although the chance of him succeeding is slim, a poll showed support for Mr Corbyn and Labour growing in the wake of the shock election result which saw Mrs May returned to Downing Street but with her majority in tatters.

The party is now six points ahead on 45pc, its best result throughout the entire campaign.

A chaotic attempt to forge a power-sharing deal with the DUP looked to be on shaky ground over the weekend and Mr Corbyn sought to capitalise on the problems by promising to push ahead with his programme for government, including ending austerity.

Speaking to the 'Sunday Mirror', Mr Corbyn said: "I can still be prime minister. This is still on. Absolutely.

"Theresa May has been to the palace. She's attempting to form a government.

"She's then got to present a programme to parliament.

"We will - obviously - amend the Queen's Speech. There's a possibility of voting it down and we're going to push that all the way."

Asked whether Blairite MPs, many of whom have experience in government, should be welcomed back despite their previous criticism of Mr Corbyn, both Emily Thornberry and John McDonnell cast doubt on the idea. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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