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Corbyn: A general election is coming.

JEREMY CORBYN has warned Boris Johnson that a general election "is coming", but not on the Prime Minister's terms, as the Labour leader effectively launched his campaign for an election he is yet to vote for. Mr Corbyn threatened to "unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen" when addressing union members at the TUC Congress in Brighton. He accused the PM of "running away from scrutiny" on the first day of Parliament's contentious shutdown as the Brexit clock ticks down.

But Mr Johnson later dismissed as a "load of nonsense" accusations that suspending Parliament is "anti-democratic", insisting it was necessary to prorogue before the Queen's Speech.

"We were very, very clear that if people wanted a democratic moment, if they wanted an election, we offered it to the Labour opposition and mysteriously they decided not to go for it," the Prime Minister said on a visit to a London primary school.

Mr Johnson also held talks in Downing Street with DUP leader Arlene Foster and her party's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds. The DUP pair left Number 10 after more than an hour inside, with Mr Dodds telling reporters: "It was a very good meeting, as always."

Mr Corbyn's speech came after Labour led the way to inflict yet another defeat on the Prime Minister by blocking his second call for a general election in the Commons.

Opposition leaders have not supported the votes, which needed the backing of two-thirds of MPs, because they fear an election could be used to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Corbyn told union members: "Noone can trust the word of a Prime Minister who is threatening to break the law to force through no deal.

"So, a general election is coming. But we won't allow Johnson to dictate the terms. And I can tell you this: We're ready for that election. We're ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen."

Mr Corbyn recommitted to a second referendum on Brexit, which he said would include a "credible option to Leave" as well as Remain. He also accused the PM of cosying up to President Donald Trump to get a "one-sided" trade deal with the US which would damage employment rights, the NHS and UK industry.

"A no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit," he said.

He accused Mr Johnson of "hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth to those at the top", as he painted the Tory leader and his Cabinet as "the establishment".

The PM kicked off his unofficial election campaign with a visit to Yorkshire last Thursday. But a general election is extremely unlikely until at least mid-November, because of the suspension of Parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his speech at the TUC Congress

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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