Andrea Leadsom has told young Tories not to be “fooled by Corbyn” and his “mad Labour party”.
The Commons leader, speaking at a Conservative Party fringe event in Birmingham, said Labour wanted to “take away from people that are working hard” and “give it to other people”.
Ms Leadsom also said that university students were “wrong” to join Labour and should instead be looking to the Tories – which is a party of “opportunity”.
She said: “I get the opportunity to go and talk to university students, very often I get the usual, ‘Labour are for young people’, I’m just like, you are so wrong.
“So often people feel, I’m young, perhaps I should be a Corbynista, but then they realise that it’s the Conservative Party that is going to give them opportunities.
“My message to you is never be fooled by Corbyn, don’t be fooled into thinking you can get stuff for free, don’t be fooled into thinking that if you just take away from people that are working hard and being successful and give it to other people then somehow that’s going to make us all richer, it’s not.”
Speaking to the Press Association after the event, Ms Leadsom said that if Labour were to come to power there would be “massive job losses”.
She added: “I certainly will do everything in my power to see that this mad Labour party never sees anything like power ever again, it would destroy a generation of young people’s lives.”