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Thornberry goads the PM: Take a walk, call an election

Speaking at local elections manifesto launch in Tiltman Place, Islington South MP insists Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘radical platform’ must be maintained

30 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Emily Thornberry: ‘When we stand on a platform that is radical, there is no Tory leadership that isn’t afraid’

EMILY Thornberry urged Facebook to influence Theresa May into calling another general election, in a typically sassy speech at the manifesto launch.

The Islington South MP recalled how Ms May called the last general election after a holiday in Wales – and urged campaigners to think about ways of getting her to return to the hills.

“Theresa May went walking in the hills of Wales, having vowed seven times not to call an election, and came back apparently having changed her mind, saying she had to call the election to unify the country. So how’s that going then, Theresa?” she said.

“The Labour government of Wales ought to invite Theresa May back. Can’t we ask Cambridge Analytica and friends on Facebook to put some targeted advertising on Theresa’s computer? How about: ‘You haven’t had a holiday for a while. The hills of Wales are waiting! A place to free your mind and make bold decisions’.”

Ms Thornberry said Labour had gone from 19 points behind in the polls to enjoying its “biggest increase in the national vote since 1945”. This was because of Jeremy Corbyn’s “radical platform”, which had to be maintained, she said.

“When we stand on a platform that is radical, there is no Tory leadership that isn’t afraid. We have to be united, we have to be radical and we have to stay radical. And the next time we have to be more ambitious.”

In another moment of light relief, Ms Thornberry recalled coming across a naked man while canvassing in Clerkenwell earlier in the day.

She said: “What got my mum into politics and inspired me as a teenager – it’s the spirit of Labour at local level. I went out in Clerkenwell this morning. We saw the rich, the poor and the very naked. First door they knocked on – naked man. I don’t know what it is about Islington. But naked or not, the people believe in us.”

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