LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn will appear on the front cover of this week’s issue of the NME magazine.
The Labour Party leader follows in the footsteps of Labour politicians Neil Kinnock and Ken Livingstone plus a long list of music icons who have featured on the magazine’s front cover, including John Lennon, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Morrissey.
Speaking to NME with less than a week until the general election, Corbyn reaffirmed his belief that Labour will win the election despite what opinion polls say, and is “excited” about coming the country’s next prime minister.
“Well, I think we’re going to win it,” Corbyn told the NME.
“We have that huge opportunity to fundamentally change the way politics is done in Britain, and I’m very excited by it. I’ve spent all my life working on causes, representing my community and I’m very excited by this opportunity.”
NME also surveyed a socially representative sample of 1,000 British millennials to find out how they plan to vote on June 8. Most young people intend to vote Labour (41%), with just 16% planning to vote Tory, NME’s research found.
Here are the magazine’s results in full:
- Labour 41%
- Conservatives 16%
- Liberal Democrats 6%
- UKIP 6%
- SNP 3%
- Green Party 2%
- Don’t know 13%
- Don’t intend to vote: 10%
Asked why NME readers should vote for Labour next week, Corbyn said: “If we continue the way we’re going, young people are going to have more debt, less opportunity for housing. Some will do very well, but the majority will not get the wages, the opportunities or the society they deserve. Let’s look at things a bit differently.
“We can afford lots of things in this country, but we cannot afford the levels of inequality that we’ve got, and that’s why this document here, ‘For The Many, Not The Few’ [Labour’s manifesto], is… it does what it says. It actually says, ‘Let’s redistribute, let’s invest in people for the future, and invest in the economy that grows for the future and bring people together.’ Don’t blame each other, bring people together. We can achieve things
“It actually says, ‘Let’s redistribute, let’s invest in people for the future, and invest in the economy that grows for the future and bring people together.’ Don’t blame each other, bring people together. We can achieve things
“Don’t blame each other, bring people together. We can achieve things together and I’m very excited by it.”
When Theresa May announced a snap election, polls suggested a landslide Conservative victory would be the most likely outcome. However, the gap between the Tories and Labour has narrowed significantly in recent weeks, while striking YouGov analysis suggests Britain could end up with a hung parliament as a result of the Tories losing seats.
All polling data agrees that Corbyn is reliant on young people to turn out and vote on June 8.
The Labour Party continues to be unpopular with the 65+ plus, but voters aged 16-24 lean heavily in favour of the Opposition.
Corbyn told NME that the Conservatives have long relied on young people not participating in general elections — but suspects this time around will be different.
“I think they have relied on the fact that in the last election, less than half of young people who were registered turned out to vote, and that they will therefore not register and not turn out to vote in this election. The whole story is actually very, very different: more than two million, mainly young people, have registered to vote since the election was announced.
“The registration period has now closed, and I hope that large numbers of young people are going to vote in this election. After all, it’s about their future.”
The full interview with Corbyn will feature in this week’s edition of NME.
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