UK Labour party 'ready for gov­ern­ment' - Cor­byn

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BRIGHTON - Bri­tain's main op­po­si­tion Labour party is "now the po­lit­i­cal main­stream" and "ready for gov­ern­ment", leader Jeremy Cor­byn said on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing un­ex­pected ad­vances in a June gen­eral elec­tion.

Labour was "on the thresh­old of power," Cor­byn told the party's an­nual con­fer­ence in Brighton, the first since the elec­tion in which Con­ser­va­tive Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May lost her par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity.

"We've be­come a gov­ern­ment in wait­ing," he said, adding that Labour were "ready to build a new and pro­gres­sive re­la­tion­ship with Europe."

Cor­byn has met with sig­nif­i­cant re­sistence from Labour MPs over his at­tempts to move the party to the left since be­ing elected leader in Septem­ber 2015.

But he de­fied ex­pec­ta­tions by win­ning 30 more seats in June on a man­i­festo promis­ing na­tion­al­i­sa­tions and a huge in­crease in pub­lic spend­ing.

"A new con­sen­sus is emerg­ing from the great eco­nomic crash and the years of aus­ter­ity, when peo­ple started to find a po­lit­i­cal voice for their hopes, for some­thing dif­fer­ent and bet­ter," Cor­byn told del­e­gates.

"This is the real cen­tre of grav­ity of Bri­tish pol­i­tics. We are now the po­lit­i­cal main­stream."

Cor­byn said May's Con­ser­va­tives, who are riven by in­fight­ing over the gov­ern­ment's strat­egy on Brexit, were "hang­ing on by their fin­ger­tips."

But Labour is also di­vided over Brexit, par­tic­u­larly over whether Bri­tain should con­tinue to have ac­cess to the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket af­ter it leaves the EU and con­tinue to ac­cept free move­ment of peo­ple.

Cor­byn of­fered no de­tails on Labour's po­si­tion on Brexit in the speech and in­stead at­tacked Con­ser­va­tives for "bungling" Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

A YouGov poll for The Times pub­lished on Wed­nes­day showed Labour on 43 per­cent com­pared to the Con­ser­va­tives on 39 per­cent.

But the poll of 1,716 peo­ple con­ducted last week showed trust in May as a leader was at 37 per­cent com­pared to 29 per­cent for Cor­byn.

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