Downcast Corbyn returns home after disastrous night

Downcast Corbyn returns home after disastrous night
By: WNG SKY Posted On: December 12, 2019 View: 31

Downcast Corbyn returns home after disastrous night

Jeremy Corbyn is to stand down as Labour leader following a "period of reflection".

The party is set for its lowest number of seats since 1935 as support crumbled in its former heartlands, with the Conservatives set to win a majority of between 78 and 82.

Jeremy Corbyn arrives at his home
Image: A downcast Jeremy Corbyn as he arrives home following a disastrous night for Labour

Mr Corbyn blamed Brexit for Labour's poor showing as he accepted victory in his Islington North constituency, while also criticising media "attacks" towards himself, his family and the party.

"I want to also make it clear that I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign," he said.

"I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.

"And I will lead the party during that period to ensure that discussion takes place and we move on into the future."

The anti-war campaigner, who has represented Islington North since 1983, ran as an outside candidate for the party leadership in 2015 and managed to outlast two Tory prime ministers.

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But facing his second general election defeat, Mr Corbyn announced that he would call it a day as leader as he was re-elected in his London seat.

In the 2017 election, Mr Corbyn saw his party win 262 seats. That figure has fallen, with the party winning 203 as of 6.30am.

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The writing appeared on the wall when the Tories managed to win the former mining area of Blyth Valley for the first time ever.

Labour had held the seat since it was formed in 1950, but the Conservatives managed to overturn a majority of almost 8,000 - a 10.2% swing.

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Image: Jeremy Corbyn will leave after a 'process of reflection'

Many in the party have insisted Brexit was to blame for Labour's losses - however others pointed the finger firmly at the leadership.

Labour clung on to several North East seats include Newcastle Central, Sunderland Central, Newcastle-upon-Tyne East and Houghton and Sunderland South, but with much reduced majorities.

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And in her victory speech, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott said it had been a disastrous evening for the party and it must change.

"The party I have been a member of for 35 years has let the country down by not being good enough to win against this awful Tory government.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn arrives at his count

"People on the doorstep have repeatedly said to me they cannot vote for this party.

"They will come back to us if we become a radical party for change on the centre-left ground which is where we win elections.

"I will play my part... the country needs a Labour government."

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