LONDON – The leader of the United Kingdom’s main opposition party on Thursday assured followers it would change the direction of the upcoming general election, during his first campaign event ahead of the vote.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the center-left Labour Party, said the general election slated for June 8 was a fight between the wealthy ruling Conservative establishment versus Labour and the people, adding that he wanted to give preference to the majority’s interests.
“Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first, while the Tories only really care about those who already have so much,” he said, adding this was why he was determined to “prove the establishment experts wrong and change the direction of this election.”
Corbyn said his party was not intimidated by the groups that were hoarding the UK’s money and insisted he would make sure everyone paid their taxes.
He spoke in defense of ordinary people who he said spent their lives working hard and in the end were left with almost nothing.
“Compare their lives with the multinational corporations and the gilded elite who hide their money in the Cayman Islands because the Conservatives are too morally bankrupt to take them on,” he said.
On Tuesday, 522 lawmakers backed the motion to approve the election, while 13 voted against it.
Prime Minister Theresa May had announced Tuesday that a snap general election would be held on June 8, despite having repeatedly said that the country would not be going back to the polling stations.
She said she would be holding the vote as the UK was in need of stable leadership that could guarantee certainty and security in the face of the Brexit negotiations that are soon to begin.
The vote is to be held amid a criminal investigation into the allegedly illegal funding of Conservative lawmakers during the 2015 general election campaign.