David Cameron joined Labour rebels in calling for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as Leader of the Opposition, and political commentator Steve Topple says the public may agree.
During Prime Minister's Questions, Cameron said, "for heaven's sake man, go!" Corbyn responded by saying that resigning would betray those who support him. Yesterday his party passed a vote of no confidence against him, but unless someone stands against him in a leadership contest and wins, he will not be forced to step down.
Journalist Topple believes Cameron may not have made such a comment had he not been resigning himself.
"Corbyn touched on Cameron's legacy and Cameron was not happy with that, obviously. That's quite unprecedented actually – I can't recall a time where a Prime Minister has said to the leader of the opposition, right, you've got to go," he told Sam Delaney.
"I think if he was still going to be Prime Minister he may not have said it, in case Corbyn does maintain his leadership and gets a strong mandate from the public and the unions. But as Cameron's going he probably thought, 'to hell with it.'
"It may hold more traction with the public, the fact that over the past few days this has just been a Labour party problem, but now the Prime Minister has made an intervention, that may change the state of play," he added.
"There was an interesting poll out, which saw that the public are split pretty much down the middle [for and against Corbyn] whereas the membership are still 65 per cent [in favour]."
Topple claims the Labour leader has three choices.
"There's three options here – one, he stands and holds firm in the leadership challenge and retains his job, two, he's deposed in the leadership challenge or three, he resigns," he explained.
"I think he’s going to hold fast – he knows he's got the support of the unions, which is a major problem for the rest of the party because they are major funders [of Labour].
"These different factions are maybe going to have to make up their minds whether they can continue, or they might split and form two separate parties, and moving forward, make a pact with each other that they will electorally vote in favour of whatever is against the opposition."