Jeremy Corbyn will resume campaigning today today after all parties paused electioneering in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
The Labour Party leader will make a speech in London where he will draw a line between British foreign policy and terror attacks, and will criticise police cuts.
Mr Corbyn will say: “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.
“That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions. But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.”
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Labour’s pledge to put 20,000 more police officers on streets will be revisited, as Mr Corbyn will say: “Austerity has to stop at the A&E ward and at the police station door. We cannot be protected and cared for on the cheap.”
Mr Corbyn’s intervention will likely spark controversy, coming just days after 22 were killed in the Manchester bomb attack.
The speech is likely to affect his poll ratings, which have hit a new campaign high in recent days.
Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has surged ahead in the latest polls
Labour is now just five points behind the Conservatives in the latest YouGov poll. which puts Mrs May’s party on 43 points (-1) to Labour’s 38 points (+3).
The Tory campaign made its first major misfire of the election 2017 campagin this week when Mrs May announced, and then seemingly reversed, policy which could force pensioners to sell off their homes to fund social care.
Mrs May made a stunning U-turn after widespread outrage at the plans, which dropped a cap on the amount of social care costs paid for an individual which is currently due to come into effect in 2020.
On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed that her Government “will make sure there’s an absolute limit on what people need to pay”.
“We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care,” she added.
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Prior to the row, the Conservatives had lead Labour by nine points, still a far cry from the double digit lead that Mrs May held at the start of the election campaign.
Mrs May’s personal approval rating has also dropped, from +10 on April 19 (the day after the election was announced) to -8 on Monday.
Conversely, Mr Corbyn’s favourability has risen from -42 to -11, with his manifesto pledges to renationalise the railways and boost funding for the NHS proving popular with left-wing voters.
In the wake of the Manchester attack, Mrs May’s rating bounced back to +1 as she chaired a series of Cobra meetings.
Mr Corbyn’s rating dropped to -16, however this is still quite a way from his previous lows.
The Conservatives are still ahead in the latest YouGov poll, but their lead has shrunk significantly
With just under two weeks to go until Britain votes, these latest polls are by no means a definitive indication of who will win the general election.
YouGov said: “It has been a highly unusual few days in an election campaign, arguably unlike any other in history.
“There is no way of guessing what will happen in the two weeks to polling day but we will be able to be more confident about how voting intention settles down over the next few days.”
The Conservatives remain the favourite to win the most seats with odds of 1/18 at Betfair. Labour’s chances have been rated at 10/1.
The bookmaker has given 2/15 odds on a Conservative majority, with 15/2 odds on no overall majority and and 33/1 odds on a Labour majority.
Mrs May is the 1/9 favourite to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, with Mr Corbyn on 7/1.