'The right thing for Labour to do is split' if Jeremy Corbyn wins, says Times editor

Labour party: 'The right thing to do is probably a split, there’s a massive gap opening up in centre ground politics', says editor of The Times' Red Box

The result of the Labour leadership election will be announced on Saturday (Getty)

Friday, September 23, 2016

The right thing for the Labour party to do is split if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership contest, according to The Times' Red Box editor.

Tomorrow will see the result of the Labour leadership election between Mr Corbyn and Owen Smith. Many predict a win for the incumbent leader, despite many MPs having passed a vote of no confidence earlier in the year. 

Matt Chorley told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The last year has been a total waste of time for the Labour party," and described Corbyn's leadership as a "disaster." If the veteran left-winger wins, he suggested Labour MPs now face three choices.

"Do they sit tight and hope that in 10 or 20 years' time the party sees sense? Or do they face the inevitable deselection from the Corbynistas? Or do they think 'actually I'll go and run a think tank or go and get a proper job?'

"The right thing to do is probably a split. There’s a massive gap opening up in centre-ground politics. They're still stuck with a leader who's proven himself to be pretty useless over the last few months."

Listen to the full interview to find out more