Labour leader attacks Donald Trump and Tories over immigration policies and protecting the super-rich
Theresa May has deployed the same shameful strategy of stoking fears about immigrants as Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn claimed as he blamed both leaders for protecting the super-rich and failing to help those left behind by globalisation.
The Labour leader said Trump had used shocking tactics, blaming women, black people, Mexicans everyone except the billionaire class of tax dodgers to which he himself belongs.
Describing the result as a global wake-up call from people marginalised by an economic system that makes them work harder for less, while hoovering up ever greater rewards for a small elite Corbyn drew comparisons between Trump and the Tories.
On immigration and Trumps promise to send immigrants home, he said: The Tories do the same. They have opened the door to Ukip and fanned the flames of fear.
Theresa May, as home secretary, fed the idea that immigration was the real problem, made promises she knew they couldnt deliver about slashing numbers and whipped up hate with Go home vans. No wonder she didnt even temper her welcome to Donald Trump. She has used the same strategy herself, if delivered with more refinement.
He said people in the UK felt similarly left behind as those who had placed faith in Trump as someone from outside the establishment. Whether in the US or the UK, people feel left behind, said Corbyn. Some in the Labour party have tried to suggest that Corbyn could enjoy similar success if he can tap into the same popular discontent, but with a leftwing prospectus. Unlike Trump, however, Corbyn has steered clear of blaming immigration in any way for discontent in working-class communities.
The Labour leader said Trump had offered no solutions, only fear and blame. By contrast Labour would deliver real help by investing in infrastructure and housing, by helping small business and renationalising the railways.
In contrast with Trump he promised a green business agenda. Were not going to use public money to subsidise dirty, groundwater-polluting, landscape-scarring industries like fracking.
We will invest in the transition to a low carbon economy, not clinging on to polluting technologies that we can consign to history by harnessing technological advances with public investment.
A Conservative spokesman said: Jeremy Corbyn presides over a Labour party that is divided, divisive and utterly out of step with the concerns of ordinary working people.