Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour will adopt the principle of the parable of the Good Samaritan in government.

At the launch of Labour’s election campaign in Manchester, Mr Corbyn said his approach would be “don't pass by on the other side”.

He also admitted that his party faces a “challenge” to win over voters after last week's disastrous local election results.

A new poll released just before the launch of the event gave the Tories a 17-point lead over Labour.

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In a direct appeal to middle and working-class voters he said that they had just four weeks to "take back" their wealth from bankers, industrialists and the Conservatives.

As well as the message, which echoed the Leave campaign's "take back control" slogan, he also pledged a "reckoning" for those he said had crashed the economy, asset stripped industry and ripped off workers and consumers., he will say: "We have four weeks to ruin their party. We have four weeks to take our wealth back."

And he said that he was “angry” about the way the country was being governed.

He got a cheer from the invited audience when he told them that "when Labour wins, the British people win" and that he was “angry” about how the country is governed.

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In the bible the parable of the Good Samaritan sees a traveler beaten and left half dead in the road, while others walk by and avoid him except the Good Samaritan.

Mr Corbyn said: “We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are. We know that the people of Britain don’t pass by on the other side. That is the principle we will take into government so that we can unlock every person’s potential and everyone can make their best contribution to our society.

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We have four weeks to win and transform Britain for the many not the few.

We must seize that chance.”