OWEN JONES believes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will use Christmas as an advantage to his general election campaign after explaining the festive time is about “community”.
The political commentator and Guardian columnist explained the “season of goodwill” and positive thinking should be at the core of Labour’s campaign. Sky News host had asked him what kind of campaign are the Conservatives and Labour going to have for the election following Brexit turmoil. It comes as Amber Rudd resigned after announcing she won’t stand in the election.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Jones said: “I think in terms of Christmas election, what should we think about Christmas.
“It’s the season of goodwill, it’s of community.
“It’s thinking of those in need and those are the themes that I think Labour should talk about.
“A positive happy thinking because at Christmas we think about caring and looking after each other.
“That’s the sort of message that I think needs to be at the core of the campaign.”
Panellist Alex Deane, the former adviser to David Cameron, said: “I think it’s going to be the ultimate campaign for the Conservative Party.
“We agree on positivity and optimism for the future of our country.
“I think we’ve going a great future in our country and I think if there is negativity in this campaign it may come from disillusioned former members of the Labour party.
“Contrary to what Owen says, it’s not just Brexit that drove them away it’s institutional anti-Semitism too and there’s a lot of answer for on that front.”
His comments come as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced they will back a general election on Tuesday as Boris Johnson’s bill for a vote on December 12 passed last night.
Polls for Mr Corbyn and Labour have been at a historical low but they accepted the challenge following repeated requests from the Prime Minister.
But YouGov political researcher Chris Curtis has urged people not to underestimate the Liberal Democrats’ strength over the next six weeks of political campaigning.
He told Sky News that people should not “rule out” the possibility that Jo Swinson will become Prime Minister.
The Liberal Democrats have told broadcasters this morning that the party is looking to achieve an unprecedented majority in Parliament.
Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said that polling shows they are “within a small swing” of winning “hundreds of seats”.
Senior Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna also predicted that the party could pick up as many as 200 seats at the election.