Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I take my responsibility’ for defeat

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Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I take my responsibility’ for defeat

‘Despite our best efforts … the election became mainly about Brexit.’


12/15/19, 8:54 AM CET

Updated 12/15/19, 11:23 AM CET

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the U.K. election result was “desperately disappointing” but defended his record and the party’s manifesto.

Writing in the Observer, Corbyn, who has said he will stand down in the new year, said: “We have suffered a heavy defeat, and I take my responsibility for it.”

Labour suffered a crushing defeat in the election, with the Conservatives ending up with a majority of 80 and Corbyn’s party losing traditional seats across the Midlands and the north of England.

He said that “despite our best efforts, and our attempts to make clear this would be a turning point for the whole direction of our country, the election became mainly about Brexit.”

But he claimed Labour policies were popular. “I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate.”

“There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions. The question is how can we succeed in future where we didn’t this time?”



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