Opposition parties come out swinging as snap general election tears open faultlines

Carers could get a cash injections

Mr Corbyn however, said that by not playing by the establishment rules Labour can win the election on June 8.

Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn says Britain's June 8 election is "the establishment vs. the people".

In her first campaign visit, to a Labour marginal in Bolton on Wednesday, the Prime Minister told an invited audience: "There's a very clear choice at this election".

Theresa May had made the mistake of telling them that "now is the time" for a general election, when just a few weeks ago she said that "now is not the time" for a second independence referendum.

Mr Corbyn is resisting Theresa May's efforts to cast the election as a vote on Brexit, insisting that it gives voters a chance to pass judgment on the Conservatives' record on austerity and public spending cuts. "Isn't the truth that we can not believe a single word she says?"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rallied activists in key target seat Croydon Central with a speech in which he highlighted a string of recent policy promises to build council houses, help carers and boost the minimum wage.

Mr Corbyn said "If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green I'd be anxious about a Labour government".

"Those are the people who are monopolising the wealth that should be shared by each and every one of us in this country", he said.

But many will interpret his decision as a effect of Corbyn's leadership: Smith has said before that "we can not go into a general election with a leader with such lack of support from MPs".

"I want a Labour government that ensures that carers are properly supported when they are caring for loved ones".

Under his leadership, Labour was not part of the "cosy club" at Westminster which thinks it is natural for Britain to be "governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax-dodgers", he said.

Railing against wealthy elites and big business, the left-wing leader said he would not play by the rules "set by failed political and corporate elites" and would defy expectations.

In a speech in London, he will say that Labour will fight on behalf of Britain's "true wealth creators" and overturn a "rigged system" which favours rich individuals and businesses.

But he appeared to dodge the question, replying: "The European Union negotiations are going on and we set out our (red) lines on the negotiation".

Brexit has divided both of Britain's main political parties, but Labour is also struggling under Corbyn's leadership, with 172 of his 229 MPs past year trying unsuccessfully to oust him.

Mr Corbyn has insisted he will not go into coalition with the Scottish National Party, despite Nicola Sturgeon's offer of a "progressive alliance" with Labour and the Lib Dems to keep the Conservatives from power.

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