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Corbyn criticised over claiming Labour 'won the arguments'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised over his response to the UK General Election results.

The Labour Party lost 59 seats in the election and saw their vote share drop 7.9%, while the Conservatives won their largest majority since 1987. 

In an article in the Observer, Mr Corbyn acknowledged that Thursday was a "desperately disappointing night", however, he claimed that his party had 'won the arguments'. Mr Corbyn wrote;

"I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate. But I regret that we did not succeed in converting that into a parliamentary majority for change."

The statement has been criticised by many on social media, including by Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan. Mr Morgan tweeted;

"Won the arguments??? 🤣🤣
You just took one of the biggest drubbings in electoral history.
That means you LOST the arguments..."

Former Labour MP, Harriet Harman tweeted,

"This shows no willingness to understand why ⁦@UKLabour ⁩suffered this catastrophic defeat. ⁦@jeremycorbyn⁩ should resign."

Meanwhile, Labour MP for Wallasey, Angela Eagle tweeted,

"Jeremy if we had won the argument we would have won the election & not suffered our worst result since 1935. We cannot even begin to recover and rebuild if we are not willing to recognise that simple truth."

Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will not lead the Labour Party into the next election, but it is thought he could remain as leader for weeks, possibly until a new leader is elected.

 

Photo Credit: Jeremy Corbyn via Flickr under licence (CC BY 2.0)

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