Red on red war: Sadiq Khan unleashes huge attack on Corbyn’s ‘deeply unpopular’ leadership
Labour Mayor Mr Khan was one of many Corbynistas to blame the Labour leader for the party losing 59 seats to give them an embarrassing majority of just 203. The figure is the party’s worst since 1935. Mr Khan did not mince his words when he blamed Mr Corbyn for the result.
He said: “If we are truly honest with ourselves, we knew in our hearts that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was deeply unpopular with the British people and that we were extremely unlikely to form a Labour government last night.”
He was quickly called out by Twitter followers for has remarks.
One said simply: “He says. Now.”
Another added: “I like Sadiq but I think in making this criticism he has to accept his own folly in nominating Corbyn in ‘15.”
A third said: “Pity they did not realise that some while ago.”
Another said: “He’s an opportunist. Nothing more.”
Another added: “You find yourself somewhat exposed today. The emperor with no clothes.”
Another said: “I notice how London comes before the United Kingdom in your remarks.
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“That is one of the reasons Labour got massacred in the election, the Country is more than just London. Let that sink in Mr Khan, let that sink in.”
Mr Corbyn refused to take the blame for Labour’s shambolic result.
Mr Corbyn spoke of his “pride” in Labour’s rejected manifesto and protested against the “personal abuse” he claims to have received from the media.
He told the BBC: “I’ve done everything I could.”
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Meanwhile, two ex-Labour home secretaries, Alan Johnson and David Blunkett, followed Mr Khan’s criticism of Mr Corbyn.
Lord Blunkett attacked “the clique that runs the Labour Party”.
He then suggested Hilary Benn take over.
Unite’s Len McCluskey also turned on Mr Corbyn.
Mr McCluskey claimed Mr Corbyn’s “metropolitan” worldview and failure to apologise for anti-Semitism were critical to producing Labour’s disaster election result.
Speaking to the HuffPost, the Unite general secretary also ripped into future Labour Party leader hopefuls Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry.
Mr McCluskey suggested they were at fault for the party’s “slow-motion” decision to back a second Brexit referendum.
He said that whoever is elected as the next party leader will have to be “heard in Stoke as well as Stoke Newington”.
Mr Corbyn has said he will not lead the Labour Party into the next general election.
Unite’s 1.2million members can join other unions and 500,000 Labour members in helping decide the outcome of who leads the party after Mr Corbyn.
Mr McCluskey told the HuffPost: “Labour made mistakes. Firstly, the incontinent rush of policies which appeared to offer everything to everyone immediately, and thereby strained voter credulity as well as obscuring the party’s sense of priorities.
“Secondly, failure to apologise for anti-Semitism in the party when pressed to do so, capping years of mishandling of this question.”
He added: “The next leader needs to understand the communities that gave birth to the labour movement, and realise that the whole country is not very like Labour London.”
Mr McCluskey comments come after he previously told the New Statesmen the Labour manifesto was an “unbelievable offer” and deserves a “massive landslide” – back in November.
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