This year’s local elections in Britain conclude in just over two weeks, with voters in main metropolitan areas including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle as well as other urban areas across the country going to the polls.
Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn the Labour Party is opposing the Tories’ racist agenda that scapegoats immigrants for people’s deteriorating living standards.
Jeremy Corbyn, in his speech in Coventry today, called for the UK to be in a permanent customs union with the EU and for Britain to have a say in negotiating the bloc’s future trade deals. This move by Labour simultaneously reflects Labour’ economic priority to defend jobs and living standards and will place the Tory government under huge pressure to follow suit.
Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership the Labour Party has consistently polled over 40 per cent for the past nine months since the general election, and held a narrow lead over the Tories.
The Labour Party has started 2018 on an excellent footing. It is consistently ahead of the Tories in opinion polls – a lead it has now maintained for most of the past six months following the June 2017 general election. If another election took place at present Jeremy Corbyn is well positioned to become Prime Minister.
By Fiona Edwards
One of the most popular policies put forward by Labour at the General Election in June was Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to scrap tuition fees. It is a policy which is transforming the political debate on higher education. After 20 years of escalating attacks on education and a political consensus that burdening students with mortgage sized debts is the way to fund higher education, this bold new approach for free, publicly funded education at all levels has set the agenda and put the Tories on the defensive.