Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will stand down as Labour leader amid an election horror show for the party. Mr Corbyn, whose party suffered a mammoth defeat by the Tories, has said he will not lead Labour into another election campaign. The Islington North MP made the announcement on his future in a speech after his Islington North constituency was declared. He said: “I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.”
Jeremy Corbyn says he did “everything he could” to get Labour into power and will not “walk away” until another leader is elected. The Labour leader said the election, which saw the Conservatives sweep aside his party in its traditional heartlands, was “taken over by Brexit”.
Mr Corbyn said he was “obviously very sad” but also had “pride” in the manifesto his party put forward. Some people within Labour have blamed Mr Corbyn’s leadership for the defeat. Former Labour MP John Mann said the leader’s unpopularity on the doorstep was palpable and Mr Corbyn should have “gone already” after presiding over his party’s worst election performance since the 1930s.
Lord Blunkett, a former Labour cabinet minister, called for the party leadership to apologise for the defeat, adding that they were “lacking in any contrite belief that they made a mistake”. At 33%, Labour’s share of the vote was down around eight points on the 2017 general election and is lower than that achieved by Neil Kinnock in 1992.