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General Election: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is 'looking forward' to the fight

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the June 8 general election is a chance to explain how Labour will 'stand up for the people of Britain'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he welcomed the chance to fight a general election.

Speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she wanted to hold a vote on June 8, he said he "looked forward" to making the case for a Labour government.

Mr Corbyn said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.

“Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.

“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”

Labour have announced a series of new policy proposals over the past few weeks, including plans for a £10 an hour minimum wage and offering free school meals to every primary school pupil.

The statement makes it clear that Mrs May will get the election she is calling for. She will need to win a vote in Parliament with a two thirds majority to hold it, but can be certain of doing so if Labour MPs vote to hold a poll.

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