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Corbyn urges Scots to back Labour against 'vicious' Tories

Jeremy Corbyn has appealed for Scottish voters to return to Labour as he pledged to fight for workers against "vicious" Conservative attacks.

He said a vote for the SNP, which won 56 of Scotland's 59 seats in the 2015 election, would not bring power to the people, arguing: "Only us or the Tories can form a government."

Mr Corbyn told the Highlands audience: "I implore people in Scotland to fight for the party of progress and not the vicious Tory party, who alongside their previous coalition partners the Lib Dems unleashed an unprecedented attack on the working people in this country."

The Labour leader said his government would "work for the many not the few" as he addressed the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore.

He vowed to end both food banks and public sector pay caps, raise the minimum wage to £10 and ban zero-hours contracts.

Mr Corbyn also vowed to repeal the Trade Union Act, which sought to limit worker strike action, and create a Scottish National Bank for business investment with "£20bn of lending power" for local businesses.

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Corbyn hits back at low opinion poll ratings with 'mic drop'

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.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener questioned Mr Corbyn on his response to poor opinion poll ratings at the outset of a campaign he insists his party can win.

"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!"

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