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Labour MP Helen Goodman has claimed the General Election on June 8 is "not about changing the Government".
In an interview with ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand, the MP for Bishop Auckland defended her assumption and said the poll is about preventing "dissent in this country."
She said: "I don't think that this election is about changing the Government.
"I think this election is about preventing the Tories from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country."
Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at claims he has little chance of becoming prime minister, saying he overcame 200-1 odds on being Labour leader.
"You very helpfully mentioned the opinion polls, and I'm really grateful to you for that," Mr Corbyn replied, prompting laughter among his supporters.
"All I can say is, in 2015 almost exactly two years ago I was given 200-1 as an outside chance," he added before leaving the stage to cheers.
Taking his place at the podium, Labour MP Dawn Butler told the crowd: "I think that's what my young people in Brent would call a mic drop!"
A former Labour MP once seen as a close ally to Jeremy Corbyn has launched a stinging attack on the party leadership as he reportedly defected to the Liberal Democrats.
Bob Marshall-Andrews condemned the "abject failure of the Labour leadership" in arguing against Brexit during the EU referendum and said his former party had become a "political basket case".
The barrister, who represented Labour in Medway from 1997 to 2010 and sat in a socialist group of MPs alongside Mr Corbyn, confirmed his switch in allegiance on Wednesday night, The Times reported.
Theresa May began making overtures to voters with the argument she is a safe pair of hands while Labour looks set to launch a traditional leftist campaign.
ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston argued that the Conservatives have a more "straightforward" pitch in the upcoming General Election as the only party who can be trusted to take the UK out of the EU on terms they like.
Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn looks set to return to Old Labour territory with the argument that Mrs May's party does not stand for the interests of the working majority.
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn headed straight onto the campaign trail to key target seats after MPs overwhelming backed June's General Election.
Earlier on Wednesday, the two leaders went head to head in the House of Commons, setting out the main battle lines for the weeks ahead.
The prime minister said it was about who could lead the country to a successful Brexit deal, while Mr Corbyn accused the Government of continually breaking promises.
ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston reports on the start of campaigning:
Theresa May put forward her case for "strong and stable leadership" in her first election campaign speech since MPs voted in favour of a General Election.
She appealed to voters to "give me the mandate I need to lead Britain, give me the mandate to speak for Britain, give me the mandate to fight for Britain and give me the mandate to deliver for Britain".
She said she's going to "fight a positive and optimistic campaign".
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