• Jeremy Corbyn made his pitch to young people in Bethnal Green and Bow 
  • Labour won the central London seat by more than 24,000 votes in 2015 election 
  • Speech came after Theresa May took her campaign deep into Labour territory  

Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Jeremy Corbyn took his election campaign to one of Labour’s safest seats today after Theresa May launched an audacious bid to seize Leeds.

The Labour leader pleaded with young voters to sign up and vote to ensure ‘apathy and resignation’ does not hand the Conservatives victory on June 8.

Mr Corbyn made his speech in Bethnal Green and Bow, a central London constituency Labour won by more than 24,000 votes in 2015.

The event was in stark contrast to Mrs May’s event on Thursday night in Leeds, Brexit-friendly territory in which the Tories hope to make unprecedented gains.

Jeremy Cobrbyn (pictured making his speech today) campaigned in East London today, visiting Bethnal Green and Bow, which Labour won by 24,000 last time 

In his speech Mr Corbyn (pictured making his address today) warned apathy could hand the Tories power on June 8 

In his speech Mr Corbyn (pictured making his address today) warned apathy could hand the Tories power on June 8 

In his speech Mr Corbyn (pictured making his address today) warned apathy could hand the Tories power on June 8 

Mr Corbyn highlighted figures showing 2.4 million young people missing from the electoral register and a turnout rate of just 40 per cent among 18 to 24 year olds, who he will tell to ‘claim your future’.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs.

‘Apathy and resignation will secure them seats on election day.

‘It’s not that our young people don’t have the energy and talent to succeed. Our country is full of potential.

‘But something hangs on people’s lips – though it typically goes unspoken. It’s the unheard story of why so many of us are scaling back our hopes and dreams in favour of just getting by.

‘It’s the reason why this country is unable to unleash its potential.

‘Because as families, communities – entire regions – we are all being held back.

‘Don’t let the Conservatives hold you back.

‘Don’t let the Conservatives hold Britain back.

‘Quite simply, only the Labour Party can deliver a Britain for the many, not the few.’

Mrs May’s event in Leeds East on Thursday was held in a constituency the Tory Party has never won.

Labour won a huge majority there in 2015 but the constituency backed Brexit by 63 per cent.

The Prime Minister was condemned by the current MP, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, for making her speech surrounded by Tory activists instead of local people invited from the area.  

Mr Corbyn made what was billed as a deeply personal speech on the campaign trail today as he reflected on his 30 years as a campaigner 

The Labour leader was on safe ground at today's speech, held in one of Labour's safest constituencies anywhere in Britain 

The Labour leader was on safe ground at today's speech, held in one of Labour's safest constituencies anywhere in Britain 

The Labour leader was on safe ground at today’s speech, held in one of Labour’s safest constituencies anywhere in Britain 

Mr Corbyn (pictured arriving for his speech today) said the Conservatives were holding Britain back in a personal stump speech in east London 

Mr Corbyn (pictured arriving for his speech today) said the Conservatives were holding Britain back in a personal stump speech in east London 

Mr Corbyn (pictured arriving for his speech today) said the Conservatives were holding Britain back in a personal stump speech in east London 

Mr Corbyn also accused the Conservatives of preparing to deliver a ‘Brexit for the few’ which will only benefit the super-rich and big corporations.

He said the Tories’ ‘friends and backers’ have a ‘get out of jail free card’ and will benefit from Theresa May’s plans to hand tax cuts to the rich while at the same time she erodes workers’ rights and environmental protections enshrined in EU law.

‘This General Election, more than any I have previously fought, will define our times,’ he is expected to say.

‘Make no mistake, a Brexit for the few is now brewing.

‘One where any money saved is handed out as tax cuts to the super-rich and their corporations.

‘Where new trade deals with the US and elsewhere are used to drive down our working conditions, and environmental and food standards.

‘Do you think personal prospects of the Conservatives’ friends and backers will suffer following the kind of Brexit they want to see? Do you think their lives will get harder as wages slide and jobs become even less secure?

‘Unlikely, I think you’ll agree. And that’s because the Conservatives’ backers can afford to opt out when things go wrong. They’ve been doing it for decades.

‘In truth, they always have a get out of jail free card while this Government is at the controls.’

Theresa May took her campaign to Leeds on Thursday night and is due to campaign in Scotland later. She greeted voters on the streets of her home constituency this morning (pictured) 

Theresa May took her campaign to Leeds on Thursday night and is due to campaign in Scotland later. She greeted voters on the streets of her home constituency this morning (pictured) 

Theresa May took her campaign to Leeds on Thursday night and is due to campaign in Scotland later. She greeted voters on the streets of her home constituency this morning (pictured) 

Mrs May's public campaigning will be seen as an attempt to halt criticism her entire campaign is being carried on in tightly controlled private rallies 

Mrs May's public campaigning will be seen as an attempt to halt criticism her entire campaign is being carried on in tightly controlled private rallies 

Mrs May’s public campaigning will be seen as an attempt to halt criticism her entire campaign is being carried on in tightly controlled private rallies 

Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘At this election there is a very clear choice on the ballot paper. 

‘Do you want Theresa May to protect Britain’s interests through Brexit and beyond – or the weak, floundering and nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn who doesn’t even have the confidence of three quarters of his own MPs?

‘Only Theresa May can offer the strong and stable leadership our country needs with 27 EU countries lining up to oppose us.

‘Jeremy Corbyn – propped up by Lib Dems and SNP – would bring grave uncertainty and risk to our growing economy. Ordinary working people will be the ones who pay the price with higher taxes, more debt and fewer jobs.

‘There is only one way of being sure of getting the strong and stable leadership we need at this serious moment for our country – and that’s by voting for Theresa May and her local Conservative candidates on June 8.’

 

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