DAVID MILIBAND has attacked Jeremy Corbyn after Labour’s humiliating defeat in the General Election.
Boris Johnson romped home with an estimated majority of 78, forcing Mr Corbyn to announce he will not lead Labour into another election. Reacting on Twitter, former MP and Labour leadership candidate Mr Miliband said: “Betrayal is the cry of the Left against Labour in govt. Now we have seen the truth: Betrayal is when an incredible, sectarian Labour opposition fails to provide a viable alternative to a distrusted Tory party. They get rumbled. The Tories win. The country loses.”
The Labour leader admitted that it had been a “very disappointing night” after the Tories took seat after seat in Labour’s heartlands.
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.”
Mr Corbyn defended his policies and blamed Brexit for Labour’s devastating defeat.
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.”
Mr Corbyn said that he will remain as MP in the constituency he has represented since 1983.
Labour MP Anna McMorrin, who retained Cardiff North, blamed Mr Corbyn for the party’s performance.
She said: “In the last few weeks of the campaign we knocked on around 15,000 doors, and a large proportion of those people we spoke to, the issue was Jeremy Corbyn.
“He’s shown tonight that he’s lost good, decent, hard-working Members of Parliament up and down the country, who are needed for this country to rebuild and to ensure that we’re protected and represented and that we create a fairer society.
“That can’t happen now, and I think the only person who can take responsibility is our leader.”
Asked if Labour lost traditional seats because of Mr Corbyn, Ms McMorrin said: “I think so.”
On if she wanted to see Mr Corbyn stand down as leader immediately, she said: “Yeah, I think we need to rebuild quickly now, or start the process at least of rebuilding the party.”
Labour’s Jess Phillips told ITV: “I’m devastated. I don’t know how you could have any other reaction other than being utterly heartbroken.”
Ms Phillips was asked if it was Brexit, Mr Corbyn or policies that were too far to the left which caused Labour’s defeat and she said it was “all of those things and many other things”.
She added: “And the Labour Party is now on its fourth election defeat. It hasn’t won a general election since 2005.
“This is not a time for easy answers, as much as I wish it was, I wish there was some silver bullet but I also wish I was a size 10.”