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Labour are back on the march, bringing hope to so many people.

Byline: Jeremy Corbyn

It is stating the obvious, but no party has a majority in the House of Commons.

Theresa May - having staked everything on a landslide victory - has been fatally undermined by Thursday's extraordinary general election campaign.

She doesn't have a mandate for a Tory Brexit or the right to impose five more years of austerity on Britain.

Her alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party is unprincipled and inherently unstable.

In Scotland, meanwhile, the SNP are very much on the back foot as growing numbers see through their obsession with constitutional politics and their abysmal failure in government.

Labour, on the other hand, are back on the march.

We've won our largest increase in the share of the vote since 1945 and put working people at the centre of UK politics with a bold programme that favours the many over the few.

rise up What was also notable about this election was the hope that we gave to so many people.

We ran a campaign that inspired young and old alike because it was so positive, policy-based and built around a brilliantly progressive manifesto - which was the real star of our campaign.

It gave people hope that politics could change their lives - and change them for the better.

This was particularly true for young people here in Scotland and across Britain.

I spoke at 90 rallies during the campaign and at every one, I came across and met the most inspiring and remarkable young people - young people who are desperate for a better and more just and caring way to organise our society, and desperate for some kind of hope that this could be achieved and that things needn't be the way they are under the Tories.

Young people are desperate not to be held back. They are desperate for a home without it costing them the earth.

They are desperate for fairness and decent pay at work and an end to exploitation.

They are desperate to see an end to the type of rip-off Britain that sees everyone pay higher energy and rail prices while fat-cat bosses hive off salaries beyond the wildest dreams of working people.

They are desperate to be listened to.

We offered them hope, we offered them a vision and ultimately a reason to participate in our democratic process.

Sanders And how they responded - voter registration increased in an unprecedented way and while a full analysis has yet to be carried out, it is clear that young people and people previously considered non-voters have been inspired by our message of hope and change.

Rest assured, we will continue to fight for that vision and for a Britain that is genuinely for the many and not a few at the top.

As the campaigning US politician Bernie Sanders says: "All over the world, people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.

"People in the UK, the US and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people - not just the one per cent."


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Date:Jun 11, 2017
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