Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corbyn Begins Election Campaign with Stinging Broadside against Ashley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corbyn Begins Election Campaign with Stinging Broadside against Ashley

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com jonwalker121

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn came out fighting in his first major speech of the 2017 General Election - and said Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley should be "worried" about a Labour Government. He said the election was a battle of the rich establishment represented by the Tories versus ordinary people represented by Labour.

He named Newcastle United owner Ashley and former BHS boss Philip Green as the type of people he had in his sights.

It follows criticism of Sports Direct's employment practices and the use of zero-hour contracts.

Sir Philip has been criticised for the way he sold off BHS, which later collapsed.

In a passionate speech presenting himself as the anti-establishment candidate to be Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn pledged to take on fat cats who don't pay their fair share in taxes and exploit workers.

He said: "Britain is the sixth richest economy in the world. The people of Britain must share in that wealth.

"If I was Southern Rail or Philip Green, I'd be worried about a Labour Government.

"If I was Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I'd want to see a Tory victory. "Why? Because those are the people who are monopolising the wealth that should be shared by each and every one of us in this country.

"Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a contribution to make and a life to lead. Poverty and homelessness are a disaster for the individual and a loss to all of us.

"It is wealth which should belong to the majority and not a tiny minority.

"Labour is the party which will put the interests of the majority first, while the Tories only care about those who already have so much."

He added: "We will no longer allow those at the top to leach off of those who bust their guts on zero-hours contracts or those forced to make sacrifices to pay their mortgage or their rent. …

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