JEREMY Corbyn told his union paymasters that he DOES want an election after repeatedly running scared from Boris Johnson in the Commons.
The Labour boss was blasted as “yellow bellied” by Boris for twice voting down a national poll – but he announced at a trade union conference today “an election is coming”.
Cowardly Corbyn told lefty TUC bosses: “No one can trust the Prime Minister who will break the law to push through No Deal.
“An election is coming.
“We’re ready for that election, we’re ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign seen in this country and this movement.”
We’re ready for that election, we’re ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign seen in this country and this movement.
But for all his bluster in Brighton this morning – Corbyn just hours earlier voted down a call from Boris to hold a national poll.
During his speech the Islington North MP accused the PM of “running away from scrutiny” over Brexit and said Labour’s “first priority is to stop No Deal then trigger a general election.”
Corbyn promised to bring in the biggest extension of workers rights “the country has ever seen” if he beats Boris in a race to No10.
UNION PAYMASTERS WANT ELECTION
Corbyn’s rant came after he was slammed by Bo-Jo as a “preposterous coward” after Labour abstainers blocked his bid to hold a general election for a second time.
But yesterday pressure was heaped on to the Labour leader by the union bosses who keep his party afloat.
Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS union told the conference: “Let the cry go out.
“We have no confidence in this rotten government and we want a general election on our terms now.
Let the cry go out. We have no confidence in this rotten government and we want a general election on our terms now.
“We will mobilise to campaign for one and this should include organising a massive national demonstration.”
Fran Heathcote, president of the PCS union, added: “We will call on the TUC to organise a demonstration to demand a general election if one isn’t forthcoming.
“We want an election as soon as possible and we will oppose a national unity government, the main purpose of which would be to prevent a Corbyn- led government.”
UNIONS WANT ‘BREXIT ARMY’ TO DEFEAT PM
Other leaders joined in the calls for a protest in favour of an election.
Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, which represents post office workers, said: “I want us trade unionists to be in towns and cities, where Boris Johnson is going to try to create his new army over one issue – Brexit.
“I want trade unionists going out on the streets to tell him we have a different agenda. We’ve got to defeat Boris Johnson at that election.”
But Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the TUC urged Labour MPs to “hold their nerve” and not have an election until after October 31.
She said: “My advice to MPs is this: when you’ve got your opponent on the ropes – don’t let them off.
“Hold your nerve until October 31 and call Boris Johnson’s bluff.
“So once we have that extension locked down, then let’s have a general election on our terms – not his.”
Ms O’Grady said Boris had “surrendered” to the Brexit Party amid a “moral vacuum” in 10 Downing Street.
BAD NIGHT FOR BORIS
The PM wanted the Commons to back a national poll on October 15 but he was defeated after Labour abstained for a second time, leaving him short of the two-thirds majority needed.
It would have taken a Parliamentary miracle for Mr Johnson to win the vote with neither Corbyn or Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson willing to back an election until a three-month Brexit delay has been secured.
Mr Johnson won 293 votes – 141 MPs short of the 434 he needed to call an election.
He has now lost six out of six votes, an all-time record for a Prime Minister.
This afternoon Boris will be have crunch talks with DUP leader Arlene Foster after visiting a primary school in London with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The PM met pupils and staff at Pimlico Primary School to mark the launch of an education drive which would see 30 new free schools established.
He said:”Free schools help to ensure children are getting the best education possible – offering exceptional teaching, encouraging strong discipline and providing families with more choices.
“I want to see even more of these excellent schools open, particularly in areas most in need of more good and outstanding school places.”
Free schools – new state schools that are not under local council control – are a key part of Conservative education policy.
According to the Department for Education (DfE), more than 500 free schools have opened since 2010, creating more than 133,000 school places, with more than 220 set to open in the coming years.
Of those inspected by Ofsted, 84% have been rated good or outstanding, with 30% rated outstanding, the DfE added.
But Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “Once again, this Government is throwing taxpayers’ money at its pet project free schools, instead of taking a long hard look at where investment is most needed, after a decade in which schools across England have been starved of cash.
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