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McDonnell urges Labour supporters not to believe opinion polls

20 May 2017

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Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, told Politico it would be a success for Labour if it could hold onto 200 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons - or 29 fewer than the party now holds.

On Westminster voting intention, the Tory lead is still substantial, at 15 points, but they remain stable at 49 per cent vote share, whilst Labour has grown from 26 per cent to 34 per cent, in the Ipsos MORI polling for the Evening Standard. Jeremy Corbyn has come across as a man of the people and real leader. We are getting constant feedback from our members and there's been an incredible response, a very positive response. "There is everything to play for now and we'll be fighting for every single vote".

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Labour in opposition held 229 seats in the last parliament, but Mr McCluskey said: "I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign".

Opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party is up to 20 percentage points ahead of Labour ahead of the June 8 election. The party won 209 seats in 1983 - its worst postwar performance - and 154 in 1935.

"Labour's policies will make Britain a better and more equal society so we're trying to pump out that message". I'm full optimism for what Labour can achieve.

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In a sign of the pressures within the Labour camp as it continues to trail in the polls, he told the Politico website: "I don't see Labour winning".

"Whether that breakthrough can happen, we'll wait and see".

Labour hit back accusing the Conservatives of peddling "false claims" in order to divert attention from their own record on the economy. "I think it would be extraordinary", McCluskey was quoted as saying.

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