Labour MP: I'd rate Jeremy Corbyn's leadership with minus figure

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Labour MP has slated Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, saying she would rate it with "a minus figure".

Siobhain McDonagh, the MP for Mitcham and Morden, said the Labour leader had left the party in a "hole" which would take "some way to climb out of".

Her comments come after leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey was criticised for saying she would rate Mr Corbyn's leadership as "10 out of 10", despite the party seeing its worst election result since 1935 in December.

Ms Long-Bailey has insisted she is not a "continuity candidate", but is considered the contender that is most aligned with Mr Corbyn's views.

Ms McDonagh told talkRADIO: "Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, his manifesto and his campaign was roundly rejected by the British people and if we're just going to carry on in the same way and put a different face on the front of the vehicle we're not going anywhere."

The MP said she would be backing the "fabulous" Jess Phillips to take over as Labour leader.

"She is different, she's a character and she connects with people. She's just different to most leading politicians," she explained.

"Let's face it, in the Labour Party we've never been short of people who want to look at detailed policy. Our issue has been connecting with people and being able to communicate our views and ideas in a way that people find warm and inviting."

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