Theresa May is set to launch a stinging attack against the Labour Party over Ken Livingstone
Theresa May is expected to condemn the Shadow Cabinet for “betraying” the Jewish community.
In a speech in Nottinghamshire on Thursday, Mrs May will launch the Conservative’s campaign for the May local elections with a stinging attack on Labour under Jeremy Corbyn.
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Blasting the party for pursuing "ideological obsessions" while ignoring the priorities of local people, Mrs May will frame the contest as a choice between the competence of Conservative councils and the "chaos and disarray" of the rest.
The 60-year-old Prime Minister will say: “In fact, when you look at it closely, these local elections present a clear and informative choice.
"The competence of a strong Conservative council, focused on the priorities of local people, keeping local taxes down and delivering high quality local services.”
Her attack comes after Mr Corbyn ordered a fresh investigation into Mr Livingstone following his suspension from the party.
Mrs May will say the decision to allow former London mayor to remain a party member showed the extent to which the party had moved away from the centre ground of British politics.
The Prime Minister will say: “It could not be clearer that the Labour Party is now a long way away from the common, centre ground of British politics today."
In her damning remarks, she will launch an attack on her left-wing counterparts, and say: “A Labour Party totally out of touch with the concerns of the British people, which ignores the priorities of local communities and instead indulges its own ideological obsessions.
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"A Labour Party which just this week revealed the depths to which it has now sunk, betraying the Jewish community in our country by letting Ken Livingstone off the hook.”
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Election expert, Professor John Curtice, has predicted a 12-point swing from Labour to the Conservatives, with Mr Corbyn's party at risk of losing control of councils in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.