Conservatives stand 20 points ahead of Labour - ICM poll

He will say: "In the past seven years the Tories have driven our National Health Service into crisis".

"A&E departments struggling to cope".

There would also be the introduction of a statutory right to a year's unpaid leave to care for a relative, if the Conservatives retain their power on June 8.

The Labour leader refused to put any figures on the level he would like to see but promised there would be "managed migration" after Brexit.

"Our health service is being dismantled by stealth".

Corbyn has accused the Tory government of failing to invest in the IT infrastructure of the NHS, and thereby making it vulnerable to security breaches. Labour will rebuild the NHS for the 21st Century, giving patients the modern, well-resourced services they need both in and out of hospital'.

The party will insist its plans to raise income tax on the top five per cent of earners, to reverse corporation tax cuts and impose higher taxes on private medical insurance will cover the cost.

Starmer may have been referring to the official Labour line contained in its recently leaked manifesto, stressing commitment to "comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution".

May's latest pledge to protect the rights of workers may be a further move by her party to try and persuade traditional Labour voters to back her party in the coming election.

He said Labour had to persuade people that the election was not just about Britain's relationship with Europe but also the "character of a country in which 4 million are on NHS waiting lists and primary schools are having their budgets cut back".

Speaking at a policy launch in Westminster, he said: "We could I think be forgiven for finding it galling that the ever-pragmatic Tory party has lately donned so many of our clothes - and isn't it interesting, by the way, that Mrs May is being ferried around the country in the very battlebus that was used for the Conservative Remain campaign this time a year ago?"

Although it did not specifically target the NHS, the global cyber attack has sparked promises for NHS IT funding ahead of the general election.

"We are putting an extra £10 billion into the NHS and with strong and stable leadership from Theresa May we will be able to secure the strong economy our NHS needs".

But Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb said: "You can not solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air".

"This is a plan endorsed by senior health experts including the former head of NHS England David Nicholson".

  • Joe Gonzales