• McCluskey said Labour’s task is ‘immense’ and a victory would be ‘extraordinary’
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s critics could see comments as sign he has given up hope of win
  • Parliament dissolved in April, Labour held 229 seats compared to the Tories’ 330

Alex Matthews For Mailonline

Jeremy Corbyn’s chief union ally has admitted that Labour has no chance of winning the general election.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said the party faced an ‘immense’ task and that 200 seats would be a good result.

He also claimed working class people have been pushed towards the Conservative party because of a ‘constant attack’ by the media on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The comments, made hours after the launch of the party’s manifesto, are sure to enrage many Labour MPs while Mr Corbyn’s critics could interpret them as a sign he has given up hope of winning the vote on June 8.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said the Labour faced an 'immense' task in the election and that 200 seats would be a good result for the party

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said the Labour faced an 'immense' task in the election and that 200 seats would be a good result for the party

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said the Labour faced an ‘immense’ task in the election and that 200 seats would be a good result for the party

Unison chief Dave Prentis directly contradicted Mr McCluskey on Twitter, saying success would be Labour victory

Unison chief Dave Prentis directly contradicted Mr McCluskey on Twitter, saying success would be Labour victory

Unison chief Dave Prentis directly contradicted Mr McCluskey on Twitter, saying success would be Labour victory

Mr McCluskey told Politico:’The scale of the task is immense. People like me are always optimistic, things can happen. But I don’t see Labour winning. I think it would be extraordinary.’

He added: ‘I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign. 

‘It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.’

When Parliament dissolved in late April, Labour held 229 seats compared to the Tory’s 330.

Mr McCluskey’s target of 200 is 30 fewer than Ed Miliband secured in 2015.

His comments came after Labour revealed its most most left-wing manifesto in decades, vowing to hammer the ‘rich’ and empower unions.

Labour has revealed its most most left-wing manifesto in decades, vowing to hammer the 'rich' and empower unions

Labour has revealed its most most left-wing manifesto in decades, vowing to hammer the 'rich' and empower unions

Labour has revealed its most most left-wing manifesto in decades, vowing to hammer the ‘rich’ and empower unions

Deploying the language of class warfare, Mr Corbyn promised to soak nearly £50billion from the better off and business, while re-nationalising key industries such as rail, mail, water and energy.

A 50p top rate of tax will be imposed on those earning more than £123,000, and anyone on over £80,000 faces paying 45p in the pound.

The money is meant to fuel a massive spending splurge on the NHS, schools and scrapping student tuition fees. Overall, government budgets would increase by an eye-watering 10 per cent.

But experts immediately warned that the Labour plan – which would take the tax burden to its highest level for 70 years – is extremely unlikely to raise the sums hoped as companies and entrepreneurs will be driven abroad.

Mr Corbyn was greeted with rousing cheers by activists as he arrived for the speech in Bradford

Mr Corbyn was greeted with rousing cheers by activists as he arrived for the speech in Bradford

Mr Corbyn was greeted with rousing cheers by activists as he arrived for the speech in Bradford

A seemingly off-the-cuff promise from Mr Corbyn to end the government’s freeze on benefits rises also descended into chaos, as the £4billion-a-year promise didn’t feature in the manifesto and he was forced to ditch it within hours.

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has admitted Labour does not know how much it would cost to bring the water industry – which is worth tens of billions of pounds – back into public ownership. 

Mr Corbyn told activists at the launch at Bradford University: ‘For the last seven years our people have lived through a Britain run for the rich, the elite and the vested interest.

‘They have benefited from tax cuts and bumper salaries while millions have struggled.

‘Whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure, struggling to make ends meet, our manifesto is for you.’ 

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