Labour ‘staking out centre ground’, says Jeremy Corbyn

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn says “the old political consensus is finished”

Labour is “staking out the centre ground in British politics”, Jeremy Corbyn has said in a new year message.

Mr Corbyn said the prospect of a “new Britain” was “closer than ever” and he was leading a “government in waiting”.

The left wing veteran promised to use 2018 to help people “fulfil their hopes” in a future where “we all share the wealth we create”.

Labour ‘staking out centre ground’, says Jeremy Corbyn
Labour ‘staking out centre ground’, says Jeremy Corbyn

Labour defied predictions of a landslide defeat in the 2017 general election to secure a hung parliament.

The result saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her Commons majority, but the Conservatives remain the largest party.

The Labour leader also used the message to attack a “failed system” of governance and “stagnant economy” of wealth disparity run by a “self-serving elite”.

The 2017 general election showed “the establishment’s secret is out: they’re not as strong as they appear” and have “no idea how to fix their broken system,” Mr Corbyn said.

“The old political consensus is finished,” he added.

‘Weak and divided’

He insisted Labour now occupied the new centre ground in British politics.

“We are staking out the new centre ground in British politics, backing the things which most people want but are blocked by vested interests.

“We are a government in waiting, while the Conservatives are weak and divided and stuck in an outdated rut with no new ideas,” he said.

Mr Corbyn said Labour’s mission was to “give people support and security and use their talents, unleash their creativity and fulfil their hopes”.

“The hope of a new Britain, run in the interests of the many, not the few, is closer than ever before.

“Together we can, and we will, deliver it.”

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