Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest trade union backer has said he does not believe Labour will win the election but would have fought a successful campaign if it keeps 200 seats, although that would be the party’s worst result since 1935. The intervention by Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, overshadowed the launch of Labour’s election manifesto, which set out £50bn spending pledges and higher rates of tax for those earning over £80,000 and £123,000. The union leader blamed a hostile media for the scale of the task of turning around the leader’s image in the minds of voters, but added that Corbyn would have succeeded even if he won slightly fewer seats than the 229 the party held in the last parliament. “I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign,” McCluskey said in an interview with the Politico website. “It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.” Corbyn has suggested he may want to carry on as Labour leader if he loses the election, but support from his backers could fall away if there are heavy losses of… Read full this story
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