Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans for a summer campaign in about 100 target seats along with a “social media blitz” as Labour seeks to keep up its momentum from the General Election.
The Labour leader told the party’s MPs and peers about a campaign to target the 95 most marginal Tory-held seats, including 20 in Scotland.
At the final meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party before Westminster’s summer recess, Mr Corbyn gave details of the largest campaign the party has mounted outside an election.
Great to be in Southampton Itchen, where the Tories held on by just 31 votes, and where we are aiming to win at the next General Election. pic.twitter.com/MDeAKeuq41
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) July 15, 2017
Mr Corbyn hopes to visit around 40 of the seats over the summer and a Labour source said the plans received an enthusiastic reception,
“Generally everyone was up for it. We are all just keen to get involved and keep the campaign going,” the source said.
The aim of the summer offensive is to demonstrate that Labour has the campaigning momentum to take the party into Government.
State of the Parties (chg vs MOS online 11/06) Lab 41% (-4); CON 39% (NC); LD 8% (+1); UKIP 6%* (+2); Others 6% (+1) pic.twitter.com/TNVOxO4eEc
— Survation. (@Survation) July 15, 2017
The campaign will also promote the message of “hope to transform Britain for the many not the few”, particularly in marginal constituencies, a spokesman said.
There will also be a focus on encouraging Labour members to get involved in campaigning, particularly in target seats.