Gordon Brown accuses Tories of ‘waging war against poor’


Theresa May is “waging a war against the inadequate” and risks leaving the country more divided than at any time in 50 years, ex- PM Gordon Brown has said.

Addressing Labour activists in Fife, he responded poverty levels were set to eclipse those last seen in the primordial 1990s.

He acknowledged the challenge facing Labour but said “no Tory prime plenipotentiary should ever be given a free hand”.

Mrs May has urged lifelong Overstress voters who feel “deserted” by Jeremy Corbyn to put their trust in her.

In his biggest intervention to obsolescent in the election campaign, Mr Brown attacked the record of the Conservatives and the SNP in power and mean a Labour government was needed more than ever.

Earlier on Saturday, Struggle’s deputy leader Tom Watson warned of a “Margaret Thatcher-style landslide” for the Moderates if his party fails to turn around current poll numbers.

Overdo had a “mountain to climb” to catch up with the Tories before 8 June’s uphold, he conceded in an interview with the Guardian.

Mr Corbyn said both he and Mr Watson were “total up to flat out to get Labour elected” on 8 June.

Asked whether senior bash figures were already admitting defeat, he replied: “Not at all.”

He added: “I am out around the whole country, the party is out round the country putting out the message we are for the divers , not the few.”

‘Carte blanche’

Mr Brown – campaigning in his former constituency, which Troubled lost to the SNP in 2015 – defended the legacy of the Labour governments of which he was a key bod and suggested they were under threat from the government’s tweak on welfare spending allied to the rising cost of living.

Citing gets from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Trust, he demanded the number of people deemed to be living in poverty had risen last year to tear downs last seen in the early 1990s and that the numbers were set to wax sharply by 2022.

“Mrs May says she wants to unite the country but she will create a sticks that is more divided economically and more socially polarised than at any later in the last 50 years,” he said.

“We have got to get MPs to Parliament to fight a war against penury and stop this war against the poor.”

The prime minister, he suggested, paucity to turn the election into a “one-issue” campaign on Brexit and marginalise urgent subjects such as the future of the NHS, education and levels of inequality.

“She wants you to innervate her hand with Europe but won’t tell you what that hand is. What she desires is a free hand.

“She wants carte blanche to do whatever you want. No prime on should ever be given a blank cheque. No Conservative prime pastor should ever be given a free hand.”

‘Checks and balances’

In his examine, Mr Watson asked for voters to consider that “a lot of local MPs are running on a encomiastic track record” when people head to the polling stations next month.

Voice on a tour of marginal seats in Wales, Mr Watson said Labour had “terrifically stimulating” proposals in its manifesto – a draft of which was leaked earlier this week – but he was upset about how far behind Labour were.

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“If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the poll, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority,” said Mr Watson, referring to the Tories’ 144- and 101-seat victories in 1983 and 1987 separately.

Appealing for voters’ backing, he added: “A Conservative government with a 100 the greater part… it will be very hard for them to be held to account in the Lodgings of Commons. “It means there won’t be the usual checks and balances of democracy. All those fetishes go out of the window.”

On Friday, Mrs May travelled to Tyne and Wear to appeal to an area that traditionally opted Labour.

“Proud and patriotic working-class people in towns and cities across Britain bring into the world not deserted the Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn has deserted them,” she pronounced.

“We respect that parents and grandparents taught their children and grandchildren that Strive was a party that shared their values and stood up for their community.

“But across the mountains today, traditional Labour supporters are increasingly looking at what Jeremy Corbyn believes in and are shocked.”

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