Corbyn targets 'zombie Government'
14 July 2017 National News
Jeremy Corbyn will tell supporters that Theresa May heads a “zombie Government” and that Labour is a “government in waiting” as he continues to target marginal constituencies.
The Labour leader will address a “General Election-style rally” in Southampton Itchen – one of the most marginal seats in the country – with a Tory majority of just 31 votes.
Another meeting is planned in Bournemouth West – which has been Conservative since its creation in 1950 but saw a 6.6% swing to Labour cut the Tory majority almost in half in June.
Speaking at a rally in Southampton, the Labour leader will say he hopes to win Itchen at the next election “whenever it is called”.
He will say: “Theresa May’s Government, propped up by the DUP, is nothing more than a zombie Government; with no ideas, no answers and no leadership.
“This is a Government in name only, having to ask other parties to ‘clarify and improve’ its policies and delaying most parliamentary business until the autumn.
“If the Conservatives are unable to govern, they should step aside. Labour is no longer just the official opposition, we are a government in waiting.”
Mr Corbyn will visit Labour’s top target seat Southampton Itchen, which the party held from 1992 to 2015 and came within 31 votes of regaining last month.
In Bournemouth West he will attend what is being branded a “member mobilisation” event.
The constituency is now 117th on Labour’s target list.
The Labour Leader has this month already visited the Conservative marginals of Hastings and Rye, Hendon and Chingford and Woodford Green.
Labour needs to gain Tory constituencies if it is become the largest party and form the next government.
Mr Corbyn has suggested that the next election could happen much sooner than the next scheduled date of 2022.