Election Jeremy Corbyn repeats claims Boris Johnson will sell off NHS to Trump


JEREMY Corbyn today repeated claims Boris Johnson will sell off the NHS to Donald Trump.

The Labour leader made the sweeping statements as he kicked off his bid to win the General Election in December.

Jeremy Corbyn today repeated claims about the NHS being for sale in Boris Johnson’s hands – which the PM refuted

Mr Corbyn told supporters gathered for the party campaign launch in South London: “Boris Johnsons planned trade deal with Trump will mean yet more NHS money taken away from patients and handed to shareholders.

“Despite his denials, the NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a one-sided Trump trade sell-out.”

And yesterday in the House of Commons made the same claims, saying: “Our NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a Trump trade deal. This Government is preparing to sell out our NHS.

“Our health service is in more danger than at any time in its glorious history.”

But Mr Johnson insisted this wasnt the case and retorted it is Mr Corbyns economic policies that are the real threat to the NHS.

The PM said: He would ruin this economy and ruin our ability to fund the NHS, and that is the reality.

He has repeatedly said the NHS is “not for sale” in any trade deal, and recently announced a 200million funding boost.

In August we reported how Mr Johnson was prepped to confirm with Mr Trump the NHS would not be part of negotiations with the US.

And two months earlier the President himself said he didn’t see the NHS as “being on the table” in deal talks.

What did Boris Johnson say in his debut as PM to the Commons about selling the NHS?

In his first speech as Prime Minister in July he said: “Under no circumstances would we agree to any deal, any free trade deal that put the NHS on the table. It is not for sale.

“And I would remind the Rt Hon Gentleman that for 44 years of its 71 years of glorious existence, it is the NHS that has benefited from Conservative policies and Conservative government.

“Because we understand that unless you support wealth creation, unless you believe in British business and British enterprise and British industry you will not have the funds.

“Unless you have a strong economy, you will not be able to pay for a fantastic NHS.”

Yesterday the PM also vowed to end the dither and delay over Brexit and to deliver a fantastic deal, as he clashed with Mr Corbyn in the Commons.

Dismissing the Labour leader as an Islingtonian protester a reference to Mr Corbyns North London seat he said it was essential the election gave the country a clear way forward.

Mr Johnson said: It means getting Brexit done and ending the dither and the delay. The time for protest is over. It is time for leadership, and that is what this Government provides.

Today Mr Corbyn made a “laughable” claim to sort out Brexit in just six months with a second referendum – as he spoke at his campaign launch.

The leftie boss tried to claim Brexit was “not that complicated” as he made his first major speech in Battersea today.

The Conservatives go into the election well ahead in the polls. Nevertheless the Prime Minister cautioned against complacency when he addressed his MPs on Tuesday evening saying they faced a tough battle.

They can expect to come under pressure in Leave- supporting constituencies from Nigel Farages Brexit Party over Mr Johnsons failure to deliver on an October 31 Brexit.

At the same time they face a challenge in pro-Remain areas from the Lib Dems, who are promising to halt Brexit.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said yesterday that their message was resonating with voters, arguing that neither Mr Johnson nor Mr Corbyn was fit to lead Britain. She added: Our country deserves a better choice, and I am standing as candidate to be Prime Minister.

The parties set out their stalls as the House of Lords prepared to consider the Bill passed on Tuesday by the Commons, which enables the election to take place on December 12.

Once it gets royal assent, Parliament can be dissolved on November 6, leading to the first December general election in almost a century.

But barely half of Labours MPs voted for the election Bill while more than 50 signed an amendment calling for the vote to be delayed until May 2020.

They fear a ballot box calamity in December due to their unpopular leader and uncertainty among voters about the partys Brexit stance.

However Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell insisted: Were going to have a real go at this and I think well win. I think well have a majority government by Christmas, so I cant think of a better Christmas present.

Boris Johnson warned that a Labour government would cause an ‘economic catastrophe’ that would cripple the NHS
Mr Corbyn claimed the Tories would put the NHS ‘up for grabs’