“In 2018, the impact of Tory austerity is hitting home with the public, most tragically with the most serious NHS winter crisis yet. And yet the government’s big plan for the New Year is to dodge the real issues and reshuffle the pack in a pointless and lacklustre PR exercise.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Independent, 9 January 2018.
“Back in the real world, outside Westminster, our health service is on its knees: with patients dying as they wait for ambulances to arrive, ambulances stacking up outside hospitals, and corridors full with trolleys and patients… Yesterday on the BBC’s Marr show, Theresa May said of the NHS crisis that ‘nothing is perfect’. That is breathtaking complacency and entirely unacceptable. When people are dying because of this government’s decisions, we know what it is that has to change.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Huffington Post, 8 January 2018.
“Because of course we’re not only seeing growing problems across the NHS; the cost of travel is going up; our social security system is being dismantled; our housing crisis has been cruelly exposed by the terrible Grenfell Fire, and by the Conservatives in Windsor who want to sweep rough sleepers from the streets; and the Government’s threat to jobs and living standards from its chaotic Brexit negotiations.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Huffington Post, 8 January 2018.
“This weak and struggling government is causing untold damage – and we need to replace it as soon as is possible… So, as I said in my New Year message, we are staking out the new centre ground, as a Government in waiting. We are actively preparing for government and this week we have meetings for the whole frontbench to discuss those preparations.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Huffington Post, 8 January 2018.
“We have consistently said that we are committed to negotiating to keep the benefits of the single market and securing the best possible deal for the whole of Britain, which protects our economy and the people of this country, whilst at the same time respecting the result of the referendum.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Herald Scotland, 7 January 2018.
“The hope of a new Britain, run in the interests of the many, not the few, is closer than ever before. Together we can, and we will, deliver it.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Business Insider, 31 December 2017.
“The old political consensus is finished. We are staking out the new centre ground in British politics, backing the things which most people want but are blocked by vested interests. … We are a government in waiting, while the Conservatives are weak and divided and stuck in an outdated rut with no new idea.” – Jeremy Corbyn, BBC News, 31 December 2017.
“I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Ours is a fantastic country full of wonderful, caring and talented people with the hope of a great future ahead of us, where we all share in the wealth we create. … But we are being held back by a self-serving elite, who look after themselves and their friends and a failed system which delivers staggering wealth at the top, while more and more people struggle to simply make ends meet.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Independent, 31 December 2017.
“In 2017 we said: no more. There is an alternative and millions joined our cause in the general election. … And now the establishment’s secret is out: they’re not as strong as they appear. Let’s face it, they have no idea how to fix their broken system or upgrade our stagnant economy. In 2018, Labour’s mission is to give our people support and security and use their talents, unleash their creativity and fulfil their hopes.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Independent, 31 December 2017.
“It’s time to ditch this unfair and immoral tax on people who are ill or need care [referring to the campaign to end hospital car parking charges]. … As set out in our manifesto, Labour will scrap hospital car parking charges. I’m glad the Mirror is campaigning to end this unnecessary burden on families, patients and NHS staff.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Mirror, 29 December 2017.
“And abroad we think of those living in nations like Yemen, Syria and Libya in fear of bombs and bullets, of injury and death.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Latin America Herald Tribune, 25 December 2017.
“If people are standing up for their rights, then they should be allowed to do that, … We have got to send a message of support to her [Ahed al-Tamimi] and say to the authorities: please, no more imprisonment of children. Let them go free and let them be children.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Middle East Eye, 22 December 2017.
“She shouldn’t be in prison because children should never be in prison … And if people are standing up for their rights, then they should be allowed to do that [about Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi].” – Jeremy Corbyn, Middle East Monitor, 22 December 2017.
“I remember discussing this with Tony Benn many times, and he said: ‘You know what, comrade, we’re just in it, aren’t we?” – Jeremy Corbyn, New Statesman, 23 September 2017.