Towns and cities across the UK were reverberating to the sound of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” as Labour launched a new campaign to sap support from Conservative marginal constituencies.

In the first day of national campaigning since the election, more than 400 Constituency Labour Parties were on the streets and Shadow Cabinet members were out in every region across the country.

Mr Corbyn was in Hastings, where he addressed a general election-style rally. The constituency of Hastings and Rye is Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s seat, and is among the most marginal in the country with a majority of just 346 votes.

“Labour gained seats across the country at the last general election, in every region and nation of Britain,” he said.

“Labour is no longer just the Official Opposition; we are a government in waiting.

“It is not good enough for politicians – including your MP the Home Secretary – to praise the police, firefighters and NHS staff when they respond to horrific incidents like the recent terrorist attacks or the Grenfell Tower fire, and then vote to make them worse off again year after year.

“This is what happened in parliament this week. Nurses in our hospitals have had a real terms pay cut of 14 percent under this government and some are even having to use food banks. Yet the government refused to back our calls to lift the public sector pay cap and recruit more police and firefighters.

“You can’t keep our communities safe on the cheap. When you cut over 20,000 police officers, over 11,000 firefighters, and leave our hospitals in record deficit having to cut back on services.

“We have to change our economic system so that it works for the many, not just a few.”

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