‘What if Corbyn was in charge?’ Ex-Labour leader shamed as ‘red wall’ voters praise Sunak

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For the first time in 100 years, the constituency of Leigh, in Wigan, Greater Manchester, switched political parties to Conservative during December’s general election. Labour saw its biggest election defeat since 1935 as Boris Johnson secured a massive majority in the House of Commons.

A voter from the so-called ‘red wall’ constituency attacked the former Labour Party leader hinting he would have done a terrible job of handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the Tory government, millions of people were able to access the historic furlough scheme allowing them to still be paid the majority of their wages during the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced a new “eat out to help out” scheme this week, offering households a 50 percent reduction on dine-in meals in order to get the economy going again.

One restaurant owner in Leigh, Andrew Twentyman, praised Mr Sunak’s scheme and lashed out at the former Labour Party leader.

He told the Guardian: “Can you imagine what state we’d be in if Jeremy Corbyn had been in charge of all this?

“The government has basically invested in us.

“Half the businesses in the UK are effectively now part-government owned.”

Mr Sunak also announced plans for a stamp duty holiday on property purchases up to £500,000.

Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid by someone who purchases a property or piece of land in England or Northern Ireland.

It is paid when the sale is completed and is based on the sum paid.

Mr Sunak’s new plan, in place until around March 2021, has been praised by NHS nurses Keith and Jacqueline Park, who live near Leigh town centre.

Mr Park said: “Before this, we were thinking of changing the kitchen in the bungalow, but weren’t sure, as it’s quite nice already.

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“But now we know we will be saving a few thousand pounds we will go ahead.”

The cost of stamp duty changes depending on whether someone is a first-time buyer.

For movers, stamp duty was paid on any property costing more than £125,000.

For first-time buyers, there was nothing to pay unless the property exceeded more than £300,000.

Although thankful for the stamp duty holiday, Mr Park wishes the Chancellor had announced plans to recruit the 43,000 nurses the NHS needs.

He said: “I’d like to see that money going into the NHS, not just hospitality.”

The UK has the highest number of COVID-related deaths across Europe after surpassing 40,000.

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