Below is the text of the new year message issued by Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, on 31 December 2018.

I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

There’s so much talent across Britain but we’re being held back by a system that for far too long has only served a privileged few.

And now the Conservatives have plunged the country into crisis over the complete mess they’ve made of Brexit, trying to drive through a bad deal and letting people down all across the country whether they voted leave or remain.

Eight years of damaging Tory failure has left us with a divided country where millions are struggling to make ends meet, where so many can’t afford a home to call their own, where older people are deprived of the dignity they deserve and far too many are working in low paid and insecure jobs.

We cannot go on like this.

Labour is ready to deliver a radical alternative to rebuild and transform our country.

We’ll stand up to the powerful few so that the wealth you create is shared fairly not hoarded by a privileged elite.

We’ll work to create a society where the talent of everyone is unleashed. That’s how we’ll unite our country.

In 2019, let’s rebuild Britain for the many, not the few.