Johnson compares Corbyn to Stalin as UK election campaign begins

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, as he kicked off the Conservative campaign to remain in power.

As he was launching the Tory’s election bid, Mr Johnson claimed the opposition leader shared Stalin’s “hatred” of wealth creators.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said that the Conservatives would “cheer, not sneer” entrepreneurs if they stay in office after the snap December general election.

The newspaper said Mr Johnson was exclusively launching the Tory general election campaign in the paper.

Mr Johnson said the Labour leader has taken a stance that demonises billionaires with a “relish and a vindictiveness” not seen since Stalin’s attitude to landowners following the Russian revolution.

The comments came as Mr Johnson was set to use the launch of the Tories’ campaign to stay in Government to put withdrawal from the EU, the NHS and law and order centre stage in the campaign.

As well as firing the starting pistol for the Conservative campaign, Mr Johnson is expected to go to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the Queen, and announce the start of the election drive in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: “There is only one way to get Brexit done, and I am afraid the answer is to ask the people to change this blockading parliament.

“I don’t want an election. No prime minister wants an early election, especially not in December.

“But as things stand we simply have no choice – because it is only by getting Brexit done in the next few weeks that we can focus on all the priorities of the British people.”

Mr Corbyn will say that Labour will end the need for food banks if it takes power.

The Labour leader will say that a Labour government will end “in-work poverty” and rough sleeping.

He is using a speech in Telford, Shropshire to insist the party will deliver “real change” and that he will be a different kind of prime minister if elected on 12 December.

Mr Corbyn will also say he will make sure that more than 100,000 “genuinely affordable” homes are built every year, and that rough sleeping comes to an end.

He will say he would be a “very different kind of prime minister” who “only seeks power in order to share power”.

Mr Corbyn will say: “The politics I stand for is about sharing power and wealth with people who don’t have a lot of money and don’t have friends in high places.”

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