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20 April 2017, 06:49 | Erica Roy
GETTYJeremy Corbyn's Labour party was likened to Premier League winners Leicester City
With the Tories split between remain and leave and Labour too busy squabbling amongst themselves to be effective it ought to be a time for the Liberal Democrats. He also accused the government of starving schools of money, while reducing taxes for the rich.
It's that weakness that fuelled May's confidence in calling a snap election for June 8 as she seeks a personal mandate to push through her strategy for withdrawal from the European Union, the single issue through which all political roads in Britain run at the moment. In response the Tories said it had the leadership to deliver.
Corbyn has criticised her apparent u-turn on a snap election, as May previously insisted there would be no vote before 2020.
A general email sent out by the party headquarters said that "due to the exceptional snap General Election circumstances" local party members would not be able to select all their candidates.
"I want a Labour government that ensures that carers are properly supported when they are caring for loved ones".
May retorted that she was "very proud" of the achievements her government had made. Tories also have strong leads on almost all the major issues including the economy.
But addressing a hall in London packed with supporters, Corbyn denied a Conservative victory was a "foregone conclusion", pointing to his own unlikely election as Labour leader in 2015.
Former Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews has defected to the Lib Dems after describing Jeremy Corbyn's party as a "political basket case".
Britain's main opposition leader has launched his election campaign, painting himself as a populist outsider who will overturn a "rigged" political and economic system.
The first minister has previously said that it would be 'tough' for Labour to avoid council poll losses.
BBC NEWSBarry Gardiner also blasted Theresa May for her"arrogance in calling a snap election
Mr Corbyn's speech came amid speculation about Labour's taxation plans, after shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested the wealthy, who he defined as earning over £70,000 a year, should "pay their way more".
The Labour Leader was much quicker to address the speculation of a Labour-SNP deal at Westminster than his predecessor Ed Miliband.
Don't be angry at the privatisers profiting from our public services, they whisper, be angry instead at the migrant worker just trying to make a better life.
Corbyn, meanwhile, has criticised May's decision to not take part in TV debates in the run-up to the election. The Prime Minister hopes that an influx of new Tory MPs can dilute their influence in the Commons and prevent her being held to ransom.
The Labour Party is now drawing up an anti-establishment tax-and-spend manifesto that will reportedly be its most leftwing since Michael Foot's defeat in 1983.
Mrs May is expected to use the manifesto to ditch a number of high-profile policies from the Cameron era.
"We will not let the elite extract wealth from the pockets of ordinary working people any longer".
Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said the Liberal Democrats could regain 20 seats in the election "if things go well for them".
Corbyn's left-wing stance has boosted Labour's membership but is unpopular with many of his MPs, who believe he can never secure the broad support needed to win power.
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