Far-left British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that he plans to resign as leader of the party after it was blown out by the Conservative Party in the U.K. General Election.
Corbyn’s decision to step down comes after Conservatives dominated the election winning 368 seats, giving them an 86 seat majority, while the Labour Party only won 191 seats.
“I want to also make it clear that I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign,” Corbyn 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 the discussion takes place as we move on into the future.”
“Because I am very proud of the trust that a half million members put in me to lead this party, I am very proud of the way that we fought this election campaign,” Corbyn continued. “We did not descend into the gutter, we did not undertake personal abuse, we undertook the take of getting a message of hope and justice to every part of this country.”
Video: Here's Jeremy Corbyn announcing that he will resign as leader of the Labour Party and not lead them in the next general election.
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Former Labour interior minister Alan Johnson responded to the election results by saying of Corbyn: “We knew he was incapable of leading. He’s worse than useless.”
“The exit poll spells disaster for the main opposition Labour party which was projected to win just 191 seats — its worst result since 1935,” AFP reported, noting that Corbyn “focused Labour’s campaign on a radical programme of economic change, including nationalising key industries, which failed to woo traditional voters.”
“Corbyn was also personally deeply unpopular and dogged by accusations of sympathising with proscribed terror groups and failing to tackle anti-Semitism within the Labour party,” AFP continued. “If confirmed, it will be Labour’s fourth successive electoral defeat — and the second under Corbyn — which could see the party out of power until 2024.”
Sky News Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall tweeted out a quote from sources in the Labour Party who said that the party lost because Corbyn was an anti-Semite who did not understand economics:
Labour source: ‘This is a damning verdict on the Corbyn project. If the exit poll is accurate then jeremy Corbyn, Karie Murphy and Seamus Milne will have done more to bring about the end of the Labour Party than the Conservative Party ever could. Their position is untenable.’
Labour source: ‘Any attempt to blame this on Brexit is folly. The one thing that came up time and time again from voters – Corbyn. Whether that was his support of the IRA, his antisemitism or limited grasp of economics. He was the problem.’
Another Labour source: ‘Leadership will try and blame it on Brexit but that’s bollocks. Speak to any candidate. They know what the problem was. And it was much more than Brexit.’
The Conservative Party’s blow out win over the far-left Labour Party comes after socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) meddled in the election by sharing promoting Corbyn and encouraging British citizens to vote for him.