As Jeremy Corbyn said in PMQs moments ago, in this General Election the people of the UK face a simple choice: vote for Labour, the party of the many that will benefit the many – or for the Tories and their obsession with enhancing the wealth of the wealthiest at the cost of those who can least afford it.
Theresa May’s election slogan – hardly snappy – is ‘strong and stable leadership in the national interest’. Even a cursory glance at the Tories’ record reveals that, for her, ‘national interest’ means ‘the interest of the 0.1%’.
That same glance also reveals that the notion of Tory ‘strength and stability’ is laughable. From opposition, Labour has inflicted more than thirty u-turns – an exceptional amount – on a Tory government that is spinning so fast it’s ended up chasing its tail.
Even May’s decision to call an election stems from fear – of the effect of prosecutions for election expense fraud in 2015 and of the effect of her Brexit chaos on Tory electoral prospects in a 2020 General Election.
Here are some of the u-turns the Tories have suffered against Corbyn-led Labour:
- Government forced to abandon £6m Saudi Prison Contract (13th Oct 2015)
- Immigration controls on Nurses working in the NHS lifted (16th Oct 2015)
- Government finally scrap plans to extend Sunday Trading hours (10th Nov 2015)
- Tories dramatically abandon £12bn Welfare Cuts including PIP & Tax Credits (25th Nov 2015)
- 25% mooted cut to Police Service budgets scrapped after CSR is published (25th Nov 2015)
- Tories backtrack on Tampon Tax, instead earmarking £15m for women’s charities (28th Nov 2015)
- Plan to make convicts pay £1,250 towards their court case axed after outcry (3rd Dec 2015)
- Tory Plans to remove ‘feminism’ from A-Level syllabuses are scrapped (10th Dec 2015)
- Government reversed decision to keep Bahrain & Egypt off human rights concern list (19th Dec 2015)
- 33% cut to 2,000 Government Interpreters enhanced pay scrapped (15th Jan 2016)
- Planned 1% cut in rent support to OAPs, Veterans & Abuse Victims is withdrawn (27th Jan 2016)
- Planned 9% cut to legal aid fees that would have hurt law firms is scrapped (28th Jan 2016)
- U-Turn on plan to abolish 4 Child Poverty measurements (26th Feb 2016)
- Plan to weaken the Freedom of Information Act halted (1st March 2016)
- Funding for Wildlife Crime Unit restored after public outcry (1st March 2016)
- Abandon their Pension ISA plan (6th March 2016)
- Tory plan to tax solar panels 5% is axed (21st Mar 2016)
- Tories retreat on their plan to hold vote to overturn ban on Foxhunting (6th April 2016)
- Tory plan to relax food safety & ethics standards in poultry halted (7th April 2016)
- Plan to levy 3% Stamp Duty on “Granny Flats” scrapped (14th April 2016)
- Threats to force e-voting on Trade Union strikes & opt-in for Labour funding withdrawn (26th April 2016)
- 13 defeats inflicted on Tory Housing Bill (26th April 2016)
- Government climb-down on plan to impose a new contract on Junior Doctors halted (5th May 2016)
- Forcing *all* schools to become academies (7th May 2016)
- Tory plan to scrap the Human Rights Act in first 100 days abandoned (14th Aug 2016)
- Tories abandon plan to withdraw from European Convention on Human Rights (30th June 2016)
- Plan to make firms list foreign workers in a staff list are withdrawn (9th Oct 2016)
- Theresa May backtracked on her refusal to publish a Brexit White Paper before Article 50 vote (25th Jan 2017)
- Theresa May caves in to demand for MPs to get a vote on final Brexit Deal (7th Feb 2017)
- Plans to tax Self Employed workers including 1.149m living in poverty axed (15th Mar 2017)
In spite of being in opposition – and despite the best attempts of the Tories, media and red Tories to portray him as ineffective, it’s Corbyn and his team who look like the immovable rock while the Tories’ house of cards is collapsing.
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