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TV DEBATE: Advantage Corbyn as May Disappears

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (Xinhua) -UK OUT-

Last night’s TV debate provided a much-needed fillip to Labour’s election campaign to reach No 10 Downing Street. Whether you agree with him or not, Corbyn in now showing his leadership and seasoned campaign skills to alert the British electorate against another term for Conservatives in the saddle….writes Dr Kailash Chand

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a rally as part of his 2017 General Election Campaign in Leicester, Britain (Xinhua) -UK OUT-

The debate on Wednesday night, in my view ended in a convincing win for Jeremy Corbyn. He came across, as a likable, human, with sense of humour. He wasn’t defensive but defended himself when he needed to — a tough balance that made him seem genuine and confident. Prime Minister Theresa May was missing in action from a crucial debate which defines the future of our country. How can you ignore a serious debate when the country is at the cross roads?

Jeremy asked several right questions to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was covering the prime minister at the debate.

“Have you been to a food bank? Have you seen people sleeping around our stations?,” Mr Corbyn asked the Home Secretary. “Have you seen the levels of poverty that exist because of your government’s conscious decisions on benefits?”

The Labour leader also highlighted his plans to end the public sector pay cap and introduce a £10 an hour living wage by 2020. He said Labour would “ensure our manufacturing industry and jobs are protected”, and he was “absolutely sure” his spending plans added up.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Dr Kailash Chand

If the question on June 8 is defined by what kind of public services and old age care people want, the Tories may find this election harder than they can ever have imagined. After over six years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution, the NHS. My verdict, as a doctor working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and les able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

I think Theresa May’s dream of a landslide victory is over, Now, she is suddenly talking about Brexit again, bizarrely warning voters that “Prime Minister Mr Corbyn” would find himself ‘alone and naked in the negotiating chamber of the European Union.’

After the latest debate, many may review their opinion of Jeremy Corbyn. The interesting thing is that a lot of Labour supporters really like and believe in the messages that Jeremy Corbyn is bringing across.


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