A NUMBER of Labour MPs have demanded Jeremy Corbyn resigns immediately after a ‘catastrophic’ defeat in the General Election, which saw the party’s worst performance for over 80 years.
Furious politicians have converged on social media to express their dismay at the Labour leader and to pile the pressure on his imminent departure after he claimed to have “won the argument” in a piece for The Observer.
Writing in newspaper, Mr Corbyn insisted the policies he set out were popular and that he had re-set the terms of an election debate. He said that he was proud that on austerity, corporate power, inequality and the climate emergency, he had won the arguments and rewritten the terms of the political debate.
He added that there was no doubt that his policies were popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions.
However, his comments sparked fury from MPs, including Ilford North Wes Streeting who wrote: “We won the argument is the most insulting response to the worst election result since 1935 that any of us could imagine. Go. Now.”
Margaret Hodge, who held onto her Barking seat, tweeted one word in response to Mr Corbyn’s claims writing: “Denial.”
— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) December 15, 2019
She was joined by Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham who tweeted the Guardian article, adding: “This shows no willingness to understand why @UKLabour suffered this catastrophic defeat. @jeremycorbyn should resign.”
Labour MEP John Howarth also spoke out saying: “You didn’t even win a coconut at the fun fair. I thought you had the decency to go. It seems ‘reflection’ involves gazing into the mirror. Now get some self-respect and #ResignCorbyn.”
Grow up man. Won the argument? You didn’t even win a coconut at the fun fair. I thought you had the decency to go. It seem ‘reflection’ involves gazing into the mirror. Now get some self-respect and #ResignCorbyn https://t.co/V4f5f1RxJb
— John Howarth MEP (@JohnHowarth1958) December 15, 2019
Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove, Phil Wilson, who lost Tony Blair’s former stronghold in Sedgefield and Anna McMorrin, who held on in Cardiff North also urged the Labour leader to step down immediately.
Tom Watson has gone, Jeremy is going, and Len needs to follow suit.
The generation who waged a bitterly partisan, ideological, and often person war for decades need to move on.
New people, new ideas, and a fresh approach to running all parts of the Labour movement is needed https://t.co/L93KnOp96S
— Peter Kyle MP (@peterkyle) December 14, 2019
Despite claiming he had “won the argument’” Mr Corbyn did apologise to Labour supporters over the party’s performance in his article. He said he acknowledged the party came up short and will take responsibility for it.
As Euro Weekly News understands, Mr Corbyn will resign when a new party leader is appointed, in addition to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has also confirmed his departure.