Media hostility to Labour ‘greater than ever’, says Jeremy Corbyn

Written by Nicholas Mairs on 21 August 2018 in News

Jeremy Corbyn was being interviewed by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Jeremy Corbyn speaking - Image credit: Mark McLaughlin

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour faces “greater hostility” from the media under his leadership than ever before.

The Labour leader told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that despite its challenges, the party remained in a “strong position”.

The left-winger was being interviewed by socialist economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis as part of the two week-long festival.

Asked by an audience member if there was a fear that the party was not getting nearer to power, he said: “Labour has more members than we've ever had before, more activists than we've ever had before.

“We have greater hostility from the mainstream media than we've probably ever had before.

"But I think we are in a strong position to keep people united around the agenda we put forward on social justice transformation, challenging and ending inequality in Britain and giving people hope of what can be achieved.”

Corbyn added that people across the world should “not be undermined by those who want to divide us”, but must “unite together around the kind of world we could create”.

"We had a sniff of that in the last general election. I wish to God we had won the general election, I did everything I personally could to make sure we won that general election.

"But I tell you what - next time we're going to do it even better and even bigger and what's more we're going to win it."

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