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Labour party faces “unmitigated disaster” and demands a “proper post-mortem”

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Labour’s Chukka Umunna said that “after eight years of Tory government and the resignations of several senior ministers... Labour to be making far greater gains” Labour’s Chukka Umunna said that “after eight years of Tory government and the resignations of several senior ministers... Labour to be making far greater gains”
“We haven't gone forward and if we are looking to form an election-winning majority, we cannot be confident of that happening based on the results yesterday.” “We haven't gone forward and if we are looking to form an election-winning majority, we cannot be confident of that happening based on the results yesterday.”

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a Labour backlash over his party’s “unmitigated disaster” at the polls, which prompted Theresa May to taunt his failure to make an electoral breakthrough. As the dust settled Labor’s Chukka Umunna called for his party’s ruling National Executive to set up a “proper post-mortem,” warning the results could not give it confidence it would win the next General Election.

“You would expect after eight years of Tory government and in the wake of the resignations of several senior ministers... Labour to be making far greater gains,” said the London MP.

He added: ”We haven't gone forward and if we are looking to form an election-winning majority, we cannot be confident of that happening based on the results yesterday.“

His Labour colleague Ian Murray, a long-standing critic of Mr. Corbyn, also highlighted the political context of the English council results.

“Given we have the worst Conservative Prime Minister in history, the most divided Conservative government in history, days before the local elections the Home Secretary resigns, Brexit is going wrong and the economy is dragging along the bottom, yet the Tories get a small swing outside London; it’s quite extraordinary.

“We should be 20 points ahead; someone has to look into what went wrong. For a party that wants to aspire to be in government, this was an unmitigated disaster,” declared the Edinburgh MP.

In the London borough of Barnet, which was another key Labour target, the internal row over anti-Semitism was blamed for the party failing to take control of the authority, which has a large Jewish community.

While Labour took charge in Plymouth it fell short of gaining control in areas like Swindon, Dudley and Walsall, where it had hoped to establish middle England strongholds.

Mr Corbyn, nonetheless, insisted Labour had consolidated its gains at last year’s General Election and had put in a “solid” performance.

The Labour leader played down the significance of the failure to gain councils in London, claiming the Tories had deliberately talked up Labor's chances to ”unrealistic” levels.

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  • The Voice

    Well, since the trots, anarchists and folk with dogs on strings joined up along with many idealistic youngsters, Labour is completely F… .d. All my North London Jewish relatives switched to the Tories. Sorry Chukka mate you are screwed, unfortunately the genie has been let out of the bottle. Labour is now the party of choice for almost every sort of nutter.

    May 05th, 2018 - 11:10 am 0
  • Pete Bog

    Labour's Land tax will wreck agriculture in the UK, and push up food prices having an effect on the poorest if there is no reasonable Brexit agreement

    If there is no agreement, then expect tariffs to be imposed on cheap food imports from Spain and other EU countries, so the food buying public will be screwed both ends, affecting the lowest earners.

    Many small farms (and there are many) will be sold to huge landowners with the money to pay the land tax.

    Labour need not expect many votes from anyone with a reasonably sized garden and upwards.

    Many Labour voters call themselves working class, despite having jobs where they sit on their behinds, without actually doing any physical 'work'.

    Chukka 'out' recently chairing a 'working class' organisation, was extremely amusing considering that if he was 'forced' to do any real work, he would faint within 5 seconds.

    May 06th, 2018 - 02:56 pm 0
  • Yaigulah3x

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    May 07th, 2018 - 12:19 am 0
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