JEREMY CORBYN has announced he will not lead Labour in a future general election as he discusses the “highly disappointing” election result.
Speaking at the count for his seat in Islington North shortly after the announcement of his re-election of the tenth time Mr Corbyn said: “I want to make it clear I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.” Lamenting his party’s decisive loss he said: “I want to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policy’s the party will take going forward.” But the party leader did make clear that he would continue to lead the party during that period.
Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected with a thumping majority of over 26,000 votes commanding a comfortable 64 percent of the vote share.
He outlined the talks would now commence to establish who should take over the party leadership and added: “I would leave the party during that period”.
The Labour campaign had been plagued by numerous problems including an astronomically expensive policy plan promising mass swathes of nationalisation and a handling of antisemitism that left many long time supporters questioning his leadership.
With many prominent Labour figures and political commentators pointing to Corbyn’s leadership as the primary reason for the election loss the question now is who will replace him.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell ruled out taking over the position saying he will not serve “either as a temporary or a permanent” leader of the Labour Party if Jeremy Corbyn were to stand down.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “The poll itself, I think it looks as though it’s Brexit dominated, a lot of this I think was Brexit fatigue, people just wanted it over and done with and it put Labour in a very difficult position.”
Labour is on course for a result almost as bad as that of 1983 which saw the party decimated under the then leader Michael Foot.
Particularly bruising to the party is the loss of swathes of traditional Labour heartland that seems to have abandoned the party in hopes of properly securing Brexit.
Major players in Labour were left in shock as they lost seats that most had taken for granted.
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner lost his Bolsover seat to the Conservatives after holding it for 49 years.
Tory candidate Mark Fletcher won 21,791 votes to Mr Skinner’s 16,492 as his vote share plunged by 16 points.
The early announcement of Tories victory in famously Labour Blythe Valley set the tone for these numerous upsets where the constituency turned blue for the first time ever.
The Tories won the Labour seat by a slim majority of 712 votes, sending shockwaves through Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
The constituency, a former mining community, had been ranked the 85th most vulnerable seat in the general election by the Labour Party and shed some light on the monumental defeat Labour was facing in these Brexit voting constituencies.
Commenting as the result came in, BBC anchorman Huw Edwards said: “That is one of the biggest moments of the night.
“This is the Conservative Party taking the former mining community of Blythe Valley from Labour. That is a very significant pointer.”
When it was announced the Tories had stolen the seat from Labour, huge cheers could be heard from the crowd.
With a such a significant majority this now places Boris in the perfect position to enact his promise to “get Brexit done”.
In his Uxbridge seat victory speech the Prime Minister set out his vision for the country and what the election result will mean for achieving that.
He said: “It gives us the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people and to change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of the entire people of this country and that is what we will now do.”
Finishing to a roaring applause the Prime Minister stressed: “That work will begin today!”