It is ‘embarrassing’ Labour is behind in polls as the government 'falls apart at the seams', says Labour MP

It is ‘embarrassing’ Labour is behind in polls as the government 'falls apart at the seams', says Labour MP

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Labour MP Darren Jones has said that it is “embarrassing” that Labour is behind the Conservatives in the polls, when the government is “falling apart at the seams”.

The government survived a vote of no-confidence on Wednesday night, despite suffering a 230-majority defeat on Theresa May's Brexit deal the previous day. 

Mr Jones, a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, told talkRADIO’s James Whale: “It is pretty embarrassing that we are behind in the polls in the face of a government that has the most historic parliamentary defeat in history. It is falling apart at the seams.

“But, we are not behind in all the polls and I was not expected to win my general election seat in 2017.

"I did not think I was going to and the polls said I was not going to, and then I did with a pretty decent majority.

“You can never take all the polls as fact. Hypothetical questions give you hypothetical answers.”


'Stop this deadlock'

The MP for Bristol North West defended Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to meet with the Prime Minister, saying ruling out no deal was “a sensible idea”.

“Jeremy was clear that he wanted no deal ruled out and I think everyone agrees that it is a sensible idea,” he said.

“I think he is right to call for that to be ruled out and if she does do that then I would encourage him to go talk to her and put forward the Labour policy, which is a People’s Vote because Parliament can’t agree.”

He added: “Parliament can’t decide about what it wants to do with Brexit but what it can agree on is that no deal is a bad idea and that is why the Prime Minister should rule it out.

“Let’s be honest, no one in their right mind would agree on the outcome when it is so bad for the country.

“So there is no harm in ruling it out but we do need to find a way to stop this deadlock.”