DIANE ABBOTT was caught on camera enthusiastically celebrating Jo Swinson losing her seat.
After hearing that the Liberal Democrat leader had lost her Dunbartonshire East seat to the SNP, the Shadow Home Secretary punched the air and whispered: “Yes, get in!” The moment was filmed by Hackney Citizen reporter Elizabeth Rushton during the count for Hackney South and Shoreditch.
Ms Abbot held her Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat on what was a disastrous night for Labour.
Boris Johnson stormed to victory with the biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was also spotted celebrating as her party’s candidate Amy Callaghan claimed Ms Swinson’s seat.
The Scottish First Minister shook both fists as she cheered the SNP win.
The display was branded “unacceptably ungracious” by Lib Dem MP Layla Moran.
The Lib Dems appointed Sir Ed Davey and Baroness Sal Brinton as joint leaders following Ms Swinson’s humiliating defeat.
Ms Swinson admitted the result was “hugely disappointing” in her constituency and across the country.
In a statement she said: “I am proud that in this campaign, the Liberal Democrats have stood up for openness, generosity and hope.
“We were honest about what we believe in and what we were trying to achieve.
“This is clearly a setback for liberal values. But there are millions of people across the country who believe in them.
“By coming together to fight for them, we can create a positive future.”
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn was forced to announce he would not be leading Labour into the next general election after the party suffered its worst result in more than 80 years.
Speaking in his Islington North constituency, he said: “I want to also make it clear that I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.
“I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.
“And I will lead the party during that period to ensure that discussion takes place and we move on into the future.”
The Labour leader defended his “manifesto of hope” and claimed Brexit played a part in the party’s losses.
He said: “All of those policies were extremely popular during the election campaign and remain policies that have huge popular support all across this country.
“However Brexit has so polarised and divided debate in this country it has overridden so much of a normal political debate and I recognise that has contributed to the results that the Labour party has received this evening all across this country.”
But Mr Corbyn is under high pressure to quit immediately after the Tories took a string of Labour strongholds.
On Labour’s defeat, Ms Abbott tweeted: “This is clearly a bad night for Labour, which requires careful analysis.
“But it could be much worse than a bad night for all those who rely on our public services and the NHS.
“Which means we still need a leadership that fights for the many, not the few.”