• Senior party figures were reportedly considering promising another vote
  • But Mr Corbyn’s spokesman ruled it out after hours of speculation
  • The speculation plunged the Labour Party’s first day of campaigning into chaos
  • Comes as new poll shows Labour support is half that of the Conservatives  

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

Labour’s General Election campaign was plunged into chaos today when Jeremy Corbyn took hours to quash speculation he will promise a second Brexit referendum.

Senior party figures were reportedly considering promising another vote as part of their manifesto. 

But Mr Corbyn dodged questions about the report at an election speech in central London this morning, despite being asked directly about it.

It took his spokesman more than three hours before he finally announced that Mr Corbyn would not back a second referendum.

The chaotic scenes overshadowed Labour‘s first full of election campaigning. 

A spokesman for the Labour leader said: ‘A second referendum is not our policy and it won’t be in our manifesto’. 

The Labour Party is reportedly considering holding a second EU referendum which could block Brexit. He refused to answer questions about it today as he gave his first major speech of the General Election campaign at a rally at Church House in Westminster

The Labour Party is reportedly considering holding a second EU referendum which could block Brexit. He refused to answer questions about it today as he gave his first major speech of the General Election campaign at a rally at Church House in Westminster

The Labour Party is reportedly considering holding a second EU referendum which could block Brexit. He refused to answer questions about it today as he gave his first major speech of the General Election campaign at a rally at Church House in Westminster

Labour was said to be contemplating the move on a desperate bid to woo Remain voters on June 8, according to a report in The Times. 

But asked if he is planning a second referendum, Mr Corbyn said: ‘we want to work with Europe.

‘We accept the result of the referendum, but there still has to be an economic relationship with Europe.’

Labour has not released its manifesto, but it is expected to be one of the most left wing in recent history.

Mr McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, yesterday let slip that Labour is planning a tax bombshell on middle-class voters.

Anyone earning above £70,000 is in-line for a tax hike, with an estimated 1.6million Britons expected to be hit.

He also said Labour would cap executive pay under major tax-rising plans.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also dodged questions about a second Brexit referendum when asked by journalists at  Mr Corbyn's election rally

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also dodged questions about a second Brexit referendum when asked by journalists at  Mr Corbyn's election rally

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also dodged questions about a second Brexit referendum when asked by journalists at  Mr Corbyn’s election rally

A third of Labour voters backed Brexit and many Labour MPs represent constituencies that voted to leave the EU.

But despite this, dozens of Labour MPs voted against triggering Article 50 and launching formal negotiations to leave the EU when the Brexit Bill went to parliament earlier this year.

Meanwhile, a new poll has found that Tory support is now double that of Labour.

According to the YouGov research, the Conservatives  have hit a nine-year high of 48 per cent on the new YouGov research – against Labour s on just 24 per cent. 

A new YouGov poll shows that Tory support is now double that of Labour 

A new YouGov poll shows that Tory support is now double that of Labour 

A new YouGov poll shows that Tory support is now double that of Labour 

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