Putting May on notice, Corbyn says Labour ready for government
(UK): Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to step aside and make way for the Labour party to lead Britain’s Brexit talks, saying his leftist ideas were now the “political mainstream”.
After taking the stage at his party’s annual conference to a standing ovation and chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”, the leftist leader, once written off by some lawmakers for driving the party into unelectable territory, said Labour was ready for power.
Corbyn is keen to press home his advantage over May, who is struggling to unite her party over Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU and to keep her own position.
She faces a threat from some in the Conservatives who cannot forgive her for the loss of their parliamentary majority in a June election she called. “Against all predictions, in June we won the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945 and achieved Labour’s best vote for a generation. It’s a result which has put the Tories (Conservatives) on notice and Labour on the threshold of power,” Corbyn said in his speech.
“Yes, we didn’t do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. But we have become a government-in-waiting. And our message to the country could not be clearer: Labour is ready.” Labour is closing the gap in opinion polls to stand roughly level with the Conservatives, putting it within sight of winning an election. Full story @ timesofoman.com/world
CONFERENCE: UK’s opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn waves after his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, Britain, on Wednesday.