General election 2017: it's the establishment versus the people, says Jeremy Corbyn – politics live


All the day’s action as Labour leader makes first keynote speech and Green party launches its election campaign

11.40am BST

In his Q&A Jeremy Corbyn refused to rule out Labour holding a second Brexit referendum, on the final deal. (See 11.12am.) John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, was in the audience and afterwards, when approached by reporters, McDonnell repeatedly refused to rule out a second referendum, the Telegraph’s Kate McCann reports.

Both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell refused to rule out offering a second referendum. McDonnell asked at least 10 times.

11.20am BST

The Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart has announced that she is standing down from parliament. She represents Slough, where she had a majority of 7,336 over the Conservatives at the last election.

She has announced her decision in an email to local party members. It is rather melancholic. Here’s an extract.

And through parliament I have helped to build a fairer society, making sure that the voices of women, including women of south Asian descent are heard in parliament. I have stuck my neck out to persuade Labour and Conservative governments to back changes which were not immediately popular: granting full British citizenship to people who were British overseas citizens and had no other nationality, making big companies publish information about slavery in their supply chains are just two examples.

But people in Slough still face many problems. For some years now I have had to tell constituents living in miserable overpriced and overcrowded homes that they are unlikely to qualify for a secure tenancy that they can afford. I have been frustrated by cruel immigration rules which prevent families from living together in this country where they are citizens while inefficient administration means that some people easily flout the rules. I am embarrassed to discuss with our headteachers how they will cut spending to fit the meagre budgets they face. I have been depressed by the way the fantastic capacity in the voluntary sector is being run down by lack of funds or poor leadership. I have been bored by political squabbles over personalities and I know I don’t still have the passion which has driven my politics for 20 years.

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April 20th, 2017 by