Jeremy Corbyn 'stoking up disillusion' by making promises he can't keep to win young votes – Express.co.uk

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Sam Gyimah, the Conservative MP for East Surrey criticised the Labour Party leader for making promises he knew he could not deliver. 

In Labour’s General Election manifesto, Mr Corbyn promised to abolish tuition fees, invest in public services, increase taxation on businesses and the highest paid and invest in the British economy in plans which would cost the taxpayer billions.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics, Mr Gyimah insisted the current generational divide was bad for the political sphere. 

He said: “I think a generational divide is unhealthy for politics. 

“The generational divide of voters and the Conservative Party appealing to our younger voters, to the under 40s. 

“I remember when I first got involved in politics and talking about younger voters and one old politician saying, ‘the young don’t vote, why go chasing shadows?’ 

“I think this is very important that every political party speaks of the entire country not a particular faction whether it’s a trade union, or just older people.” 

“Now younger people are voting, it’s good news,” he added.  

The Conservative MP then suggested that Labour leader Mr Corbyn had mislead his voters by promising policies that he would not be able to afford.

“We have also got to make sure that we are not stoking up disillusion for the future, which I think is what Corbyn is doing, by making promises that he can’t deliver.

“I think it’s good for politics that younger voters are voting in bigger numbers, but now we have got to reach out to them.”  

Since gaining seats in the 2017 General Election, Mr Corbyn has gloated to crowds, including to youngsters at Glastonbury Festival. 

However, if a second election was called, Mr Corbyn would need to win another 64 seats to get a majority – more than twice the net gains from June 8.

In a wide-ranging speech at the Durham Miners’ Gala, one of Europe’s largest trade union events, Mr Corbyn demanded the Tories resign. 

He said: “Unease, that a society can go on in this direction with poverty and inequality alongside very rapidly rising huge individual wealth for a small number of people.

“I’ve got good news for the Tories: I know they’re living through a nightmare at the moment. I’m somebody, as you’re very well aware, that doesn’t get involved in personal abuse and would never exploit somebody else’s misfortune – so I want to help these Tories out of their nightmare. Feel free, at any time, to resign and we’ll have another general election.”

Mr Gyimah admitted during his BBC interview with John Pienaar that the Conservative’s had got an unexpected “bloody nose” in the General Election, but there would not be another vote.