Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are set to exploit their ‘strong and stable’ unity-bonus that will have reeling Tories in outright panic.
Corbyn entered the Commons Chamber today to an unprecedented standing ovation from almost every one of his significantly-increased number of Labour MPs, as this video (no sound, as Parliament was not formally in session yet) shows:
Not only that, but as Clive Lewis and David Lammy couldn’t help leaking, he received a similar ovation from a large part of the room during Tuesday’s PLP (parliamentary Labour Party) meeting – a setting that had previously been the scene of pitched battles with screaming ‘moderates’:
Corbyn told his MPs that Labour will ‘remain in permanent campaign mode’ and went on:
We are now a government in waiting and we must think and act at all times with that in mind. That is our responsibility to the huge numbers who voted for our manifesto last week: a programme to transform Britain for the many that caught the imagination of millions.
This was a remarkable result achieved because we stayed united and worked as a team and I have no doubt together we can win the next general election, whenever that may be.”
In the Commons Chamber, Corbyn followed the tradition of making a humorous first address as Parliament resumed, but still took Theresa May and her party apart in a speech that dripped with the class of a Prime Minster in waiting, mocking their ‘coalition of chaos‘ and planting a huge flag in ‘strong and stable‘ for himself and his party:
May’s attempt at a smile was about as genuine as her ‘business as usual’ speech on her return to Downing Street.
But she was about to receive far worse news than Corbyn’s appropriation of her campaign slogans. With his clear status as the strongest politician in the Commons and the vast majority of his parliamentary party now united behind him, Corbyn has decided he’s going to plant a lot more flags.
65 to be precise.
Corbyn and his team plan to remain in election mode and, with immediate effect, he is going to start a programme of campaigning in the sixty-five most vulnerable Tory-held marginals, in a move which will terrify May and her cabinet, who are still smarting from the loss of eight Tory front-benchers last week as well as numerous previously established MPs.
Those target seats are listed below, together with the Tories’ margin of victory last week. Wins in those 65 seats will give Labour a clear majority in Parliament. Corbyn is aiming to rout the Tories.
Where Labour’s headquarters bureaucracy has been pilloried for the small-minded, negative approach in the last General Election campaign that has many Labour members calling for General Secretary Ian McNicol’s proverbial head on a plate, Corbyn is extending and expanding the aggressive confident, positive campaign he conducted in order to – literally – ‘take the fight to the Tories’.
Clearly the Labour leader intends to use his stature – not ‘new-found’, but newly-recognised by his embarrassed critics – to ensure that the Tories have no respite, no breathing space in which to lick their wounds and regroup.
Whether the next General Election is next week or in six months time, Jeremy Corbyn is not merely parking his tanks all over the Tories’ lawn in readiness – he’s tearing up their shrubbery, rockeries and flower beds, too.
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|Hastings & Rye||346|
|Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland||1,020|
|Morecambe & Lunesdale||1,399|
|Camborne & Redruth||1,577|
|Finchley & Golders Green||1,657|
|Milton Keynes South||1,725|
|Milton Keynes North||1,915|
|Blackpool North & Cleveleys||2,023|
|Morley & Outwood||2,104|
|Vale of Glamorgan||2,190|
|Chingford & Woodford Green||2,438|
|North East Derbyshire||2,861|
|Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire||3,110|
|Cities of London & Westminster||3,148|
|Rossendale & Darwen||3,216|
|Scarborough & Whitby||3,435|
|Truro & Falmouth||3,792|
|Filton & Bradley Stoke||4,182|
|Plymouth, Moor View||5,019|
|Uxbridge & South Ruislip||5,034|
|East Worthing & Shoreham||5,106|
|Halesowen & Rowley Regis||5,253|
|Rochford & Southend East||5,548|
|Altrincham & Sale West||6,426|