Jeremy Corbyn has said he has a “mountain to climb” before Labour can win a general election, which he said he as putting the party “on notice” he expected Theresa May to call in 2017.
The Labour leader used his speech to urge his MPs to unite behind him and told them the public would not support a “divided” party.
In his keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon, Corbyn said his party needed to “win over the unconvinced to our vision”.
“Last year, the votes we needed to win power went many different ways in all parts of our country while millions of our potential voters stayed at home. Many didn’t believe we offered the alternative they wanted,” he said.
“It’s true there’s an electoral mountain to climb. But if we focus everything on the needs and aspirations of middle and lower income voters, of ordinary families, if we demonstrate we’ve got a viable alternative to the government’s failed economic policies. I’m convinced we can build the electoral support that can beat the Tories.”
“And let’s be frank, no one will be convinced of a vision, promoted by a divided party. We all agree on that.”
He added: “So I ask each and every one of you, accept the decision of the members end the trench warfare and work together to take on the Tories. Anything else is a luxury that the millions of people who depend on Labour cannot afford.”
On an average of the polls, the Conservatives have been ahead since the 2015 general election.
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