THERESA May last night taunted Jeremy Corbyn after he launched a chaotic bid to topple her - and challenged him to call for a full no-confidence vote in her Government. It came after the Labour leader was mocked for performing two U-turns on whether or not to take the drastic step. Mr Corbyn threatened to call the vote if Mrs May refused to name a date for Parliament to debate her Brexit deal - only to change his mind after she did set a timetable. But hours later Mr Corbyn announced that he was tabling his motion after all in farcical scenes - and Mrs May was seen storming out just seconds after he gave his speech. Last night the PM called the Labour leader’s bluff saying she’d give time for a Commons debate - on the condition it was for full confidence of her Government and not her leadership. It’s unlikely she would be defeated with the backing of the vast majority of her MPs plus the DUP.And if Labour lost they would likely be forced to switch tack and … [Read more...] about Theresa May taunts flip-flopping Jeremy Corbyn and challenges him to call full no-confidence vote instead of ‘stunt’
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Jeremy Corbyn has said he will stay on as Labour leader until a successor is chosen in the "early part of next year". Last night he said he would resign as leader of the Labour party - after the party slumped to its worst defeat since 1935. This is the story of how he transformed the Labour party, but ultimately failed to transform the country. In the hours after the defeat a deflated Mr Corbyn said it had been a "very disappointing night", with support crumbling in former Labour heartlands. Mr Corbyn acknowledged that he had to leave Labour's helm after suffering a second General Election defeat as he criticised 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 as he accepted victory in his Islington North constituency. "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 … [Read more...] about How Jeremy Corbyn transformed Labour – but failed to win over the country
Voters are going to the polls across the UK to pick 650 MPs - and that will the decide our next Prime Minister. The polls have Boris Johnson's Conservatives tipped to win either an overall House of Commons majority or the most seats in a hung parliament. Of course, anything is possible, and if Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party does win an overall majority it would have a radically different impact on Britain's future. So how will these radically different forks in the road impact the state of the UK? Our head of politics Jason Beattie has outlined the different options facing the UK. Boris Johnson wins an overall majority Brexit: The Prime Minister plans to railroad his withdrawal agreement through Parliament before Christmas to make sure we leave the EU by January 31. Far from getting Brexit done this triggers the start of months, if not years, of trade talks with the EU and other countries, including the US, India and Australia. Johnson has pledged to get a trade deal with the EU by … [Read more...] about General election: What happens now if Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson or no one win
Jeremy Corbyn today refused to step down as Labour leader until next year and sensationally denied he was a key factor in the party's worst election result since 1935. Mr Corbyn faces calls to quit immediately after he lost 59 MPs and Boris Johnson won the Tories its biggest majority for a generation - but he has instead vowed to cling on into 2020. Labour is already engulfed in a brutal civil war today as moderates warned of another '20 years of Tory rule' unless Mr Corbyn and his supporters were removed from positions of power. But the Labour leader said today he would remain leader until a contest to replace him is held in the 'early part of next year' - meaning his departure could still be months away. In his first interview since defeat, Mr Corbyn also denied he was to blame for the devastating defeat and said: 'This election was ultimately taken over by Brexit and we as a party represent people who voted both Remain and Leave'. And when grilled on whether he if … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn vows to clings on as Labour leader until NEXT YEAR as he refuses to take responsibility for ‘nasty party’s’ descent into anti-semitism and starting ’20 years of Tory rule’
My instant thought when the exit poll was released on Thursday night was “I told you so “. But the scale of the Labour defeat surprised even me. I was in the BBC studio when the Blyth Valley result came through and the reaction mirrored the famous Portillo moment. For the last few months my old party seemed like it was on a mission to nowhere. In an election called specifically to “Get Brexit Done”, Labour’s policy was to procrastinate, negotiate a new Withdrawal Agreement and then put it to another referendum in which the Leader of the Party Jeremy Corbyn would be neutral. This was so obviously ridiculous and yet most Labour MPs loyally followed the party line. There was no understanding of just how much the country genuinely wanted to move on – leave and then start to build on the opportunities open to the UK from being freed of the European Union grip. Those Labour MPs who spent the last two years trying to frustrate and … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn must go, but is Labour capable of understanding its real voters any more?