John McDonnell may be in a sunny, relaxed mood as he relaxes at Labour’s London HQ and predicts victory. Yet even he is under no illusion that for Labour to run the Tories close in Thursday’s election, it needs to secure an unprecedented level of backing among young voters for its radical programme.
“This election could be the young person’s general election,” he says. “They have got to go out there and vote. People learned the lesson from the [EU] referendum vote – if you don’t turn up, you’ll be disappointed. The message from us is one of hope – it is that we can transform this country, we can transform your lives. Get out there and vote.”