LABOUR PARTY’s grassroots supporters in Momentum have been blamed for the heavy losses the party suffered at the general election, with former Home Secretary Alan Johnson demanding the “cult” stand down.
The Labour Party suffered the fourth consecutive defeat in a general election since 2010, the second under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson raged against grassroots movement Momentum, blaming the group for the heavy losses and demanding they “go back to student politics.” Speaking as the results continued to come in overnight, Mr Johnson took particular issue with the role Momentum’s founder Jon Lansman played in the loss: “I don’t live in London, I live in Yorkshire, in a working-class community and I’ve known Jon Lansman for many years.
“Jon’s been around from the Bennite days. The working classes have always been a big disappointment to Jon and his cult.
“Corbyn was a disaster on the doorstep. Everyone knew he couldn’t lead the working class out of a paper bag.”
Mr Johnson continued: “Now Jon’s developed Momentum – this party within a party, aiming to keep the purity, the culture of betrayal goes on.
“You’ll hear it more and more over the next couple of days, as this cult gets their act together. I want Momentum gone – go back to your student politics.”
The Election 2019 exit poll results show the Conservative Party securing a massive majority of 368 seats – a significant push ahead of the Labour Party.
The results would enable Mr Johnson to deliver on his promise to the British people to “get Brexit done” delivering a huge blow to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour heartlands were stripped of their Labour MPs as swathes of Britons turned to Boris as Jeremy Corbyn received a humiliating defeat, the party’s worst result in decades.
Mr Corbyn confirmed he will stand down from the leadership of the party and will not lead Labour in any future election.
Labour grandee Margaret Hodge, who long clashed with her leader, urged him to leave immediately after a swift period of “reflection.”
Writing on Twitter, the re-elected Barking MP wrote on Twitter: “Corbyn talking about a period of ‘reflection’. I’ve reflected. You failed. Please stand down.”
Speaking to Sky News, one Labour MP said: “If this keeps up we’ll be looking at the death of the Labour Party.”
The Labour insider said the campaign “was a disaster,” adding: “Like voters being taken into a shop and told you can have anything you like inside for free.
“All the while not even liking the management of the shop.”
But Labour activist Owen Jones insisted the drubbing Labour received was the result of the leadership being forced to adopt a more Remain-leaning stance on Brexit.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Jones wrote: “In 2017, Labour’s compromise Brexit position worked because the country had not polarised on the issue to the degree it has today. Earlier in the year, Labour was losing Remain voters en masse. That’s why it pivoted to backing a referendum.
“And here’s the thing. Corbyn’s most devout Labour opponents condemned him for not being Remain enough. But as Remain voters flock back to Labour, and Leave voters abandon the party, is it not obvious that this was not the cost-free position it was presented as?
“When it’s said “well actually Jeremy Corbyn was a bigger problem than Brexit on the doorstep” – why have Remainers returned en masse but not Leavers? Why did the party win Putney, but not Leave seats Labour has represented for decades?
“In my experience, the opposition to Corbyn on the doorstep in Leave areas was real and entrenched. But it had so, so much to do with Brexit. They said he was weak and indecisive. And that’s because Labour felt stuck about how to satisfy its Remain and Leave supporters.”