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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn © Garry Knight

UK general election: Corbyn vows to ‘change election direction’

20/04/17Government

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed not to “play by the rules” if elected as UK Prime Minister and has insisted the polls are not a foregone conclusion.

On the first full day of general election campaigning, Corbyn will say “powerful people” do not want him to win the snap poll on 8 June.

He will vow to “prove the Establishment experts wrong and change the direction of this election”.

Current PM and Conservative Party leader Theresa May has promised “strong and stable leadership” and said people want her to get on with implementing Brexit.

In a speech in London, Corbyn will say: “Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion.

“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.

“But of course those people don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful who win.”

He will add: “They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game.

“They’re quite right: I don’t, and a Labour government elected on 8 June won’t play by their rules.”

Meanwhile, May warned of a potential “coalition of chaos” led by Corbyn, although the Labour leader ruled out forming a post-election alliance with the SNP.