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May Nears +375 Victory as Labour Dithers

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Prime Minister Theresa May taking part in the Sovereigns Parade held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Corbyn has become an albatross in the shoulder of Labour party. Labour is claiming that he is the solution for the ills of Tories under May. But after the election results and the poor ratings, he is now the problem for the party.  But he has the audacity to justify his leadership…reports Asian Lite News

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Prime Minister Theresa May taking part in the Sovereigns Parade held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

The ruling Conservatives are targeting a 375+seat victory on June 8 general elections as the party garnered the support of former UKIP and disgruntled Labour voters.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was not taking “anything for granted.” Party Chairman Patrick MacLoughlin also reiterated the sentiments by saying: We cannot take anything for granted – too much is at stake. Only a General Election vote for the Conservatives on 8th June will give the Prime Minister the backing she needs to get on with the job of securing continued economic progress through Brexit and beyond.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May during their meeting in Brussels, Belgium (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan) (djj)

The ruling party added 550 local council seats to its fold besides winning Mayoral posts in Tees Valley and the West Midlands. The biggest shock is  Labour’s loss of the West Midlands mayoralty to the former John Lewis boss Andy Street. Labour was forced to hand over the keys at Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northumberland. In Scotland the party is now behind Conservatives and lost its grip on Glasgow for the first time in 40 years.

The biggest upset in the election was in the West Midlands- another Labour citadel where most of the councils and the MPs are from the party. But Mayoral candidate Sion Simon bite the dust because of the lack of support from his own fold.

He blamed the result on the party’s national leadership’s failure to connect with the “values” of its core voters in areas like Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall and Wolverhampton. He didn’t name Corbyn directly, but Simon made clear he meant the Labour leader and his team had let down its traditional supporters on key issues.

“We can’t duck the reality of what we heard in the places we won on the streets of cities and towns like Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Sandwell,” said Simon in his concession speech. “Traditional working class voters, who we were born to serve, quite simply want to hear a clearer, stronger message about traditional values like patriotism, hard work and a defence of decency, law and order.”

LIVERPOOL, Sept. 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn attends the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool, Britain, on Sept. 25, 2016. The Labour Party Annual Conference is held in Liverpool from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
Leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

The activist turned leader, Corbyn is also confused with many of the party’s policies. Some of them are really contrasting each other. The Labour leader, who rebelled against the party stance over 500 times during Tony Blair’s New Labour Era, was forced to dilute his stand on Trident, immigration and other key issues after his own ranks started deserting him. The party is still confused over the Immigration, policing issues. Diane Abbot, the former lover turned shadow home secretary, make the party a laughing stock after appearing in various TV shows claiming to employ 10,000 additional police officers with a budget of £300,000!

Corbyn has become an albatross in the shoulder of Labour party. Labour is claiming that he is the solution for the ills of Tories under May. But after the election results and the poor ratings, he is now the problem for the party.  But he has the audacity to justify his leadership. He issued a statement acknowledging some of the problems of the party.

“The results were mixed,” Corbyn said in the statement. “We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives.”

He insisted that Labour could still win the general election on June 8, though admitted it was a “challenge on an historic scale”.

He said he was “utterly determined” to use every hour of the next four weeks to get his message across. “We’ve now got five weeks to get a message out there. He has become a Toxic factor to repel supporters.

Corbyn fails to gauge the exodus from his party. Former Labour cadres are reaching the Conservative fold through a stop over at UKIP. In some of the Labour seats, UKIP votes are larger than the party’s majority. So a real headache in the brewing.

The Midlands victory also shows the victory of Tory strategy to get into Labour strongholds. Andy Street bagged the post by reaching out to new voters with a “moderate, tolerant, inclusive” local plan but added that the question of leadership had been a huge boost for the Tories. That is why May is pushing her Presidential Style campaign posters in most of the marginal seats.

The results were turned into a projected national vote share of 38% for the Tories, 27% for Labour and 18% for the Lib Dems, with UKIP scoring just 5%.