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Labour will end car parking charges at NHS England hospitals by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

He vowed a Labour government would make parking free for patients, visitors and NHS staff, with the £160m annual cost of the policy paid for by the insurance increase.

Last month, a freedom of information request by the union Unison revealed some hospitals are charging staff, including nurses struggling with low wages, nearly £100 a month to park, resulting in reports of nurses having to rush out between appointments to move their cars to avoid fines.

Speaking in Worcester, Corbyn said: “Labour will end hospital parking charges, which place an unfair and unnecessary burden on families, patients and NHS staff.


“Hospital parking charges are a tax on serious illnesses”

 “Our hospitals are struggling from underfunding at the hands of Theresa May’s Conservative government, but the gap should not be filled by charging sick patients, anxious relatives and already hard-pressed NHS staff for an essential service. Our NHS needs a Labour government that will stand up for the many, not the few.”



London mayor Sadiq Khan has voiced his support for Jeremy Corbyn as he endorsed the Labour leader for Prime Minister.

The mayor said the choice between Mr Corbyn and Theresa May “was simple” and that voting for a Labour government would stop the Conservatives from securing “a bigger majority for a hard Brexit”.

He said that Mr Corbyn would be able to secure a good deal with the EU and protect jobs, the NHS and policing.

In an interview with Sky News, Mr Khan was asked if he could tell Londoners that Mr Corbyn was the best person to vote for as Prime Minister in the upcoming general election on June 8.


He replied: “The choice is simple. The choice is a Conservative prime minister who wants a bigger majority for a hard Brexit, risking jobs, growth and prosperity, or a Labour prime minister, Jeremy Corbyn, making sure we get a good deal with the European Union, protecting jobs, growth and prosperity, but also protecting the NHS, the police service and our city.

“We have had too many years of those who were the poorest, those who are working their socks off, not getting a fair share, and I’m hoping a Labour government will ensure that all of us get a fair share.”

Mr Khan’s remarks come despite him urging Labour members to vote for Owen Smith when he challenged Mr Corbyn for the leadership of the party last September.

In an article for the Observer, he said that while Mr Corbyn was a “principled Labour man”, he had shown he was not up to the job and was “extremely unlikely” to lead the party back to power.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a stump speech to Labour activists at Barclays in Croydon.

He criticised Mr Corbyn’s conduct during the EU referendum and said his position on membership of the European Union was never clear.

Mr Khan was one of the Labour MPs who nominated Mr Corbyn for the leadership in 2015 which appeared to help him beat Tess Jowell to the mayoral nomination.

But once he became candidate for mayor he appeared to distance himself from Mr Corbyn and went onto criticise the Labour leader.



Tony Blair said he feels motivated to return to frontline politics and refused to rule out standing again as a Labour MP.

The former Prime Minister warned Theresa May is not being reasonable when it comes to the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Mr Blair said he “almost feels motivated to go right back into it” as a politician, as he said Britain is being “hijacked” by Brexit backers.

He argued the issue is “bigger than party allegiance” at the June 8 vote, adding voters should find out where candidates stand on it.

The ex-Labour leader told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “I feel for the first time since I first came into politics, I look at the British political scene at the moment and I actually almost feel motivated to go right back into it.

“I just feel we’re allowing ourselves to be hijacked by what is actually quite a small group of people with a very strong ideology.

“Someone like Theresa May, you look at her and she’s very sensible, very solid, she’s a perfectly decent person, I agree with a lot of what she says – what she says about energy costs today, most people would say ‘fair enough’.

“But on this issue, which is the biggest issue of our time and which will have a dramatic impact on our future, on our economy, on our living standards and on the younger people of this country, on this issue she’s not reasonable.”

The  Labour party under the Leadership of Tony  Blair won 2 consecutive landslide victories that brought the party into power from 1997 to 2010
Tony Blair on Brexit backers: ‘I just feel we’re allowing ourselves to be hijacked by what is actually quite a small group of people with a very strong ideology’ (PA)

Told jokingly that Labour may still be in search for candidates for the forthcoming election, Mr Blair replied: “Well, I tell you what I fancy, I fancy doing whatever I can to at least make this debate in the election into a proper debate.

“We can read the polls… I’ve never known polls like this.”



When asked who would be best-suited to become Prime Minister, Mr Blair refused to back Jeremy Corbyn, of whom he has been a vocal critic in the past.

He said: “I’m basing my statements about the campaign really on that if the polls are right – I’m not saying they should be right, I’m not saying they are right, I’m just saying if they’re right – frankly that is not the dominant question in this campaign.

“The dominant question is what’s the mandate that Theresa May is going to claim on June 8.”