Jeremy Corbyn says the government’s response to coronavirus proves he was “absolutely right” about public spending at the 2019 general election.
The Labour leader told he had been “denounced as somebody that wanted to spend more money than we could possibly afford” to fix social wrongs.
But he said he had been vindicated by the vast sums the government was spending on the current crisis.
The Tories now realised they had to “invest in the state”, he added.
In an interview Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Corbyn said that the country had been “ill-prepared” for the coronavirus pandemic because of “10 years of austerity, of underfunding the National Health Service and underfunding our benefit system”.