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Jeremy Corbyn will quit early next year after heavy election defeat
Labour lost almost 60 seats in the election on Thursday.
Updated 12/13/19, 2:53 PM CET
LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn said he will quit as leader of the U.K. Labour Party “in the early part of next year.”
The Islington North MP, who led his party to a historic defeat at the general election on Thursday, said he would remain in post until a successor is elected. He said there should be space for a “good discussion” in the party about its future.
In an interview with Sky News, Corbyn said the national executive of the Labour Party will meet “in the near future” and set out a timetable for a leadership election.
“I was elected to lead the party and I think the responsible thing to do is not to walk away from the whole thing and I won’t do that,” he insisted. “I will stay here until there has been somebody elected to succeed me and then I will step down at that point.”
Labour lost almost 60 seats in the election, falling to its lowest level since 1935. The Conservatives, led by Boris Johnson, picked up scores of seats in traditional Labour heartlands, winning an overall majority of almost 80 seats.
Corbyn blamed the polarized debate over Brexit for the drubbing, and what he dubbed “abuse” and “character assassination” by certain sections of the media.