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Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'

  • Britain's Labour Party  leader Jeremy Corbyn, waves to supporters at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

    Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, waves to supporters at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Labour Party  leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaks at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

    Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaks at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Labour Party  leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaks at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

    Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaks at an election campaign event in Church House, London Thursday April 20, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on Thursday June 8, 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's main opposition leader has launched his election campaign, painting himself as a populist outsider who will overturn a "rigged" political and economic system.

Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn says Britain's June 8 election is "the establishment vs. the people."

Labour is trailing Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in opinion polls, and many within the party think the socialist Corbyn is too left-wing to connect with voters.

But Corbyn echoed anti-establishment sentiment that has upended politics from the United States to France. He said in a speech Thursday that the old rules drawn up by political and economic elites no longer apply.

Corbyn said: "I don't play by their rules, and if a Labour government is elected on the 8th of June I won't play by their rules either."