THERESA MAY HAS DONE IT. Having said for almost a year there would be no snap election, Britain will go to the polls on 8th June facing a stark choice. Chaos under May, held hostage by the head-bangers on the Tory right, foaming over Brexit and following President Trump wherever he goes, or a chance to rebuild our society and invest in the economy under Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.
The General Election announcement came with the Labour Party in the middle of the third leadership election in less than two years. That’s exactly what the right of the Parliamentary Labour Party tried to ensure the Unite general secretary election became. It’s unfortunate to say the least that Len McCluskey is the proxy for attacks on Corbyn. His opponent in the internal election, Gerard Coyne, has became little more than a zombie host for those wanting to continue to attack Corbyn despite two landslide election victories. So it's good for Jeremy, the Party and the movement that he did not succeed.
Corbyn and the shadow cabinet have been unveiling a string of new policies in the past weeks, on a £10 minimum wage, putting VAT on private schools - to fund universal free school meals for primary school children - and increasing the top rate of tax to 50%. Polls have shown that these policies are popular with the public, with each having the support of more than 50% of the electorate according to ComRes polling. We now have just a few weeks to get out on the doorstep and sell these policies to an electorate crying out for an alternative.
The policies will keep coming ahead of the publication of the manifesto, but it’s also important to remember that the Corbyn project has been left incomplete by both the early election and the efforts of elements inside the Labour Party.
That project will continue on 9th June regardless of the election result, and we all need to be ready for the inevitable fight. The manifesto won’t be exactly what we would be hoping for but if we don’t ensure Corbyn becomes Prime Minister none of that matters.
Every marginal seat counts, and recent by-elections have demonstrated that nothing is a foregone conclusion. Don’t listen to anyone who says they know what will happen on 8th June, but instead start delivering leaflets, knocking on doors and making the case for a Corbyn premiership, a Labour government and a better Britain in a more peaceful world.
Parliamentary candidate for Suffolk Coastal in 2015