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Labour at new high after manifesto boost

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Laurie Berry | 19 May, 2017, 16:12

Messages attacking Labour or Jeremy Corbyn still proved to be the most popular for the Conservatives.

He went on to suggest that if Labour emerged with 200 seats - which would be about 30 fewer than Ed Miliband secured in 2015 - it would represent a "successful campaign" given the circumstances it found itself in.

"There is only one party in Britain that will stand up for hard working people on low and middle incomes, and that's Labour". We are getting constant feedback from our members and there's been an incredible response, a very positive response.

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It's perhaps telling that JME hasn't even directly endorsed Corbyn - he simply wants young people from different backgrounds to become more engaged with the political process, and saw the Labour politician as a means to open that conversation.

But the union leader did not rule out victory entirely, adding that Labour was "fighting for every vote".

Meantime, the Labour frontbencher, following the publication of Labour's manifesto, released a video challenging Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to a TV debate.

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However, the Guardian understands the Unite leader spoke to the Politico website at 12.02pm on Tuesday - an hour after the Labour manifesto was published.

"I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will [have been] a successful campaign", McCluskey said. Whereas the Conservative Party sought to pitch the election as a clash of personalities between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit, Labour preferred to focus on policy issues, such as healthcare, policing and education.

The Conservatives are widely expected to win a large parliamentary majority in the election.

He said he was "optimistic", but: "I don't see Labour winning". I'm full optimism for what Labour can achieve.

"I think there's a rumbling, a subterranean rumbling at the moment, where people are saying we want change".

This is an improvement of six points for the Labour leader compared to the same research from April of this year, with May's support dropping five points - cutting her lead to just 27 points.

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