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Visit of Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the British Labour Party and Leader of the British Opposition, to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

Jeremy Corbyn today repeated claims Boris Johnson will sell off the NHS to Donald Trump – but a new poll has shown voters trust the PM on the health service.

The NHS is at critical risk as Boris Johnson wields the national treasure as bait in trade talks with the US, Labour claims.

The health service could be forced to pay a crippling £500 million a week more for medicines if thrown open to Big Pharma companies post-Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today accuses the Tories of putting the NHS “up for grabs” as he launches Labour’s election campaign.

He pledges never to allow Donald Trump to get his hands on the health service for US firms in a trade deal.

It follows revelations that senior British civil servants have been in secret talks with US firms to discuss the NHS in preparation for a post-Brexit trade deal.

The Labour leader made the sweeping statements today as he kicked off his bid to win the General Election in December.

Mr Corbyn told supporters gathered for the party campaign launch in South London: “Boris Johnson’s planned trade deal with Trump will mean yet more NHS money taken away from patients and handed to shareholders.

“Despite his denials, the NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a one-sided Trump trade sell-out.”

And yesterday in the House of Commons he made the same claims, saying: “Our NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a Trump trade deal. This Government is preparing to sell out our NHS.

“Our health service is in more danger than at any time in its glorious history.”

But Mr Johnson insisted this wasn’t the case and retorted it is Mr Corbyn’s economic policies that are the real threat to the NHS.

The PM said: “He would ruin this economy and ruin our ability to fund the NHS, and that is the reality.”

A new poll for the Daily Mail revealed voters think Mr Johnson is better placed to care for the NHS than the Labour leader.

Asked which leader had the best health policies, 36 per cent said Mr Johnson and 34 per cent picked Mr Corbyn.

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