MANCHESTER: Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at investment bank Morgan Stanley, telling the firm it is right to regard him as a threat.
The Labour leader’s comments come after the US-owned bank released a report warning that the prospect of his party taking power was a bigger threat to the UK economy than Brexit.
In a video message released on social media in response, Mr Corbyn pledged that a Labour government would reform banking regulation to rein in the “speculators and gamblers” who crashed the economy in 2008.
Labour said that, despite the bank paying more than 3 billion dollars to US authorities over charges relating to its involvement in the crash, Morgan Stanley has been courted by senior members of the Government, meeting Chancellor Philip Hammond four times in a year.
A report from Morgan Stanley’s European equity team earlier this week warned investors: “For the UK market, domestic politics may be perceived as a bigger risk than Brexit.
“From a UK investor perspective, we believe that the domestic political situation is at least as significant as Brexit, given the fragile state of the current Government and the perceived risks of an incoming Labour administration that could potentially embark on a radical change in policy direction.”
Mr Corbyn responded: “These are the same speculators and gamblers who crashed our economy in 2008. And then we had to bail them out.