Former US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he is planning to tour the UK ahead of the country’s general elections next month.
Sanders, a Vermont senator, is scheduled to give a series of speeches to promote his best-selling book Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In, which provides an in-depth look into his close race with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to represent Democrats in the 2016 US presidential election.
The 75-year-old politician will make an appearance at the Brighton Festival on June 1, before speaking at Cambridge Union, Oxford Sheldonian, Brixton Academy, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Hay Festival in Powys, Wales a day later.
The visit would take place within days from the June 9 snap general elections in the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May and her party would defend their throne against their rivals, including an aggressive Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.
Sanders’ brother, Larry, who will run as a Green Party candidate for Oxford East in the vote, said meeting with Bernie “will be lovely.”
“All the venues are very big and very sold-out - fortunately, the family are getting free tickets,” he said in an interview with Press Reader.
Corbyn looking for endorsement
The opposition leader told media that he was in contact with Sanders’ team and looked forward to be endorsed by Sanders during the trip.
“I can’t say. I hope he will. I think he probably will, actually. But we mustn’t predict these things,” the Labour leader said.
“We are in touch with Bernie’s team,” Corbyn said. “They are over here helping us. We also, during the leadership campaign, looked at a lot of their campaigning methods and again some people came over and gave us advice.”
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Just like Sanders, who had promise to challenge corruption in Washington in case he wins presidency, Corbyn has promised to tackle the “rigged system” in the UK if he beats May.
May's Conservative Party is leading the polls ahead of the general election which she called for late last month.
While she insists that the vote is necessary for her to have a stronger hand in the Brexit negotiations, analysts say May’s decision was an opportunistic move to suppress opposition from Labour and win a more dominant majority in the parliament.