Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Prime Minister Theresa May’s appeal for cross-party collaboration in policy making by sending her a copy of his party’s manifesto.
Corbyn took to Twitter to troll the PM after she appealed to the opposition and other parties to propose new policies and support government legislation through the Commons.
The socialist leader posted a picture of himself signing the 2017 Labour manifesto, with the autograph reading: “Dear Prime Minister, you asked for policy ideas. So here’s our General Election manifesto. Kind regards, JB Corbyn.” The Tory leader – whose leadership has been under severe pressure since a disastrous showing in the general election left her party short of an absolute majority – made an unprecedented request for Labour to work together on ideas for government last week.
Just before heading to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit, she told MPs: “This government has an ambitious agenda to change this country and there are many issues on which I would hope that we would be able to achieve consensus across this house.”
May’s plea came amid mounting pressure to scale back some Tory policies in order to win the support of other parties and carry on leading Britain with a minority government.
Corbyn hit back at the PM’s appeal, however, saying: “I’m really surprised she [Mrs. May] had so much to contribute to the G20 given there was barely a mention of international policy in her party’s manifesto, or indeed any policy, so much so that the government is now asking other parties for their policy ideas.
“And so if the Prime Minister would like it, I’m very happy to furnish her with a copy of our election manifesto.
“Or better still, an early election in order that the people of this country can decide.”
Corbyn has been saying that his party is ready for another vote since the June election saw Labour’s popularity surge, while the Tories lost the 17-seat working majority they had earned with former PM David Cameron.
There have been growing calls for May to resign since the election, with reports suggesting that Conservative members are planning to resign en masse in a coup attempt to oust her.
Although May has said she is determined to remain Britain’s leader for the entire five-year parliamentary term, Corbyn let it slip at the Glastonbury Festival that he expects to become PM within the next six months.