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20 April 2017, 06:45 | Melissa Porter
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry insisted Labour should not be written off, despite polls recording Tory leads of as much as 21%.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is in a good position as the country's general election campaign gets underway, with her Conservative Party in the lead in the first major opinion poll. But if her Conservative Party faces one potential snag in its march toward victory, it could be in places like Lewes, a small town beneath a picturesque castle in the hills near England's southern coast.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rallied activists in key target seat Croydon Central with a speech in which he highlighted a string of recent policy promises to build council houses, help carers and boost the minimum wage.
In a preview of her election strategy, Mrs May said: "I will be taking out to the country in this campaign a proud record of a Conservative government". An aide later insisted Labour will vote to hold the election, but declined to say whether a three-line whip will be imposed.
He said: "'Of course those people don't want us to win", he said.
A man passing by commented: "I hope you become Prime Minister" - prompting a smile and thanks from Mr Corbyn.
He also added that a Labour government would not "play by their rules".
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop criticised the leader last week after Labour lost a Middlesbrough council seat to the Tories on a by-election swing of 8%.
"I don't play by their rules, and if a Labour government is elected on the 8th of June we won't play by their rules either", he said.
"We will not let the elite extract wealth from the pockets of ordinary working people any longer". "The public want us to deliver on leaving the European Union and they want us to build that stronger Britain for the future beyond leaving the European Union".
Meanwhile, a prominent backbench critic of the leader announced that he wanted to stand for re-election as a Labour MP but would not endorse Mr Corbyn for Prime Minister. She said Brexit was one of the leading issues for voters in the town, which had a Lib Dem member of parliament for almost two decades until Maria Caulfield, a former nurse, narrowly won the seat for the Conservatives in 2015.
"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".
"If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green, I'd be anxious about a Labour government", he will say. May accused Labour of being at the center of "a coalition of chaos".
He said that the Party is facing its toughest challenge since the 1930s and polls show that Mr Corbyn has just 15 per cent support from the electorate.
"A month ago, she told her official spokesman to rule out an early general election, and that wasn't true.was it", Cooper jibed.
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