Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I will not lead Labour at next election’

Dec. 13, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not lead Labour into the next election, following a “very disappointing night”.

With one seat left to declare, the party has won 203 seats – its worst result since 1935.

Mr Corbyn said he would stay on as leader during a “process of reflection”, and said Brexit had “polarised” politics.

But others within Labour, including former MPs who lost their seats, blamed Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Corbyn was not intending to resign and it could take until April for a leadership contest to take place.

On the night, the Conservatives won a big majority, sweeping aside Labour strongholds across northern England, the Midlands and Wales in areas which backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Some traditional Labour constituencies, such as Darlington, Sedgefield and Workington, in the north of England, will have a Conservative MP for the first time in decades – or in the case of Bishop Auckland and Blyth Valley – for the first time since the seat was created.

At 33%, Labour’s share of the vote is down around eight points on the 2017 general election and is lower than that achieved by Neil Kinnock in 1992.