General choosing 2019: Labour care takes censure over result

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Media captionJohn McDonnell: “This is on me. we possess this disaster”

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have apologised over Labour’s “catastrophic” improved in Thursday’s election, that saw them remove 59 seats.

Mr Corbyn said he was “sorry that we came adult short”, while Mr McDonnell told a BBC he “owns this disaster”.

The personality and shade chancellor pronounced they would step down in a new year.

The competition for their replacements has already begun, with Wigan MP Lisa Nandy observant for a initial time she was “seriously meditative about” running.

Mr McDonnell pronounced it would be adult to Labour’s National Executive Committee to endorse a mechanics of a care election, though he approaching it to take place in 8 to 10 weeks’ time.

Labour suffered a misfortune choosing outcome given 1935 on Thursday and saw a opinion share tumble by 8 points.

The Conservatives won a Commons infancy of 80 – a party’s biggest choosing win for 30 years – unconditional aside Labour in a normal heartlands.

Mr Corbyn apologised to Labour supporters in dual articles in a Sunday papers, job it a “body blow for everybody who so desperately needs genuine change in a country”.

Writing an open minute in a Sunday Mirror, he pronounced he took his “responsibility” for a result, though insisted he remained “proud” of a party’s campaign.

He doubled down in a Observer, observant his possess choosing discuss had successfully re-set a terms of discuss and his declaration would be seen as “historically important”.

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Mr Corbyn penned dual articles in a Sunday papers

But Mr McDonnell has argued “it’s on me” as he apologised for a performance, on a BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

The shade chancellor pronounced he was contemptible for “not being means to articulate” a party’s discuss summary forward of a poll.

However, he also blamed a “media portrayal” of Mr Corbyn, observant “of impetus a complement will chuck a kitchen penetrate during you” if we plea it.

Former Labour MP Caroline Flint – who mislaid her chair on Thursday – placed many of a censure during a leadership’s door.

She also criticised a party’s position on Brexit for withdrawal some electorate behind, revelation Sky’s Sophy Ridge that “ardent Remainers”, such as shade Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and shade unfamiliar secretary Emily Thornberry, “contributed to sacrificing” seats.

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Caroline Flint is a longstanding censor of Jeremy Corbyn

She indicted Ms Thornberry of revelation one her colleagues from a Brexit-backing area: “I’m blissful my voters aren’t as foolish as yours.”

Ms Thornberry pronounced a indictment was “a sum and complete lie”. She added: we have never pronounced this to anyone, nor anything like it, and we wish unnecessary to say, it is not something we would ever think.”

Ms Flint added: “I don’t trust anybody who have been a architects of a European routine in a final few years is convincing to be leader. we don’t cruise they can win behind these seats.”

Instead, she pronounced Ms Nandy and shade business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey were “worth looking at”.

Media captionLisa Nandy “seriously thinking” about Labour care bid

Ms Nandy told a BBC’s Andrew Marr she was deliberation a care bid after a “most shattering” improved for Labour.

“In towns like mine, a earth was quaking as a whole Labour bottom pulp underneath a feet,” she added.

Ms Nandy finished a series of proposals – including relocating a party’s domicile out of London – to assistance “rebuild that coalition” between “the Lewishams and a Leighs”, and to recover a Labour Party that “speaks for both”.

A series of other possibilities are approaching to join a race, including Salford and Eccles MP Ms Long-Bailey and Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips.

Ms Phillips wrote in a Observer an interest to people to join Labour to change it, arguing too many working-class people do not trust a celebration is improved than a Tories.

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Jess Phillips (l) and Rebecca Long-Bailey (r) could chuck their hats in a ring to be a subsequent Labour leader

Asked about a contenders, Mr McDonnell pronounced he would “prefer others” to Ms Phillips, fixing Ms Long-Bailey, shade preparation secretary Angela Rayner and shade women’s and equalities apportion Dawn Butler as possibilities.

He pronounced Ms Phillips was “really talented”, though added: “I wish someone who indeed has been unequivocally solidly concerned in a growth of existent routine – that’s because Becky and Angie and Dawn and others have been so good.”

Mr McDonnell pronounced it “should be a lady personality next” and was “most substantially time for a non-metropolitan” leader, adding: “I cruise it is time for a non-London MP, we need a northern voice as many as possible.”

Shadow probity secretary Richard Burgon also corroborated Ms Long-Bailey and pronounced he was deliberation using to be her deputy.

“Colleagues have approached me about that,” he told Sky.

Let a Labour care conflict commence

Analysis by John Pienaar, BBC emissary domestic editor

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Brave infantrymen in a murky trenches of a Great War would play themselves onto a spiny handle to concede their comrades to impetus over their backs and allege towards a guns of a enemy.

Can we suppose doing that? No, me neither.

It’s maybe no easier to see because there’s already a line of Labour politicians scheming to join a conflict to attain Jeremy Corbyn.

Boris Johnson’s 80-strong House of Commons infancy by any normal customary could be large adequate to repel Labour’s subsequent allege in 5 years.

It’s reasonable to suppose that another personality could come and go before Labour recaptures a domain it has lost, presumption it ever does.

Whoever wins a entrance care competition will initial have to delight in a onslaught to map Labour’s impetus by a margin of battle; to endorse how low a a shade of red a party’s conflict dwindle should be (just to woe a embellishment a small more).

Read some-more from John here.

Meanwhile, a Conservatives are scheming for a initial week of their new government.

Chief Secretary to a Treasury, Rishi Sunak, told Andrew Marr it was their “intention” to pierce behind Boris Johnson’s Brexit check to Parliament “before Christmas” – nonetheless he would not endorse a date.

“As shortly as probable would be perfect,” he said. “But apparently those conversations are function between a applicable parties and a House authorities as we speak.”

MPs will lapse to Westminster on Tuesday and start a routine of irreverence in, before a Queen rigourously opens Parliament on Thursday.

Mr Johnson’s Queen’s Speech will embody a joining by a celebration to put a NHS spending devise into law as a pitch of joining to a health service.

Downing Street has reliable there will be a examination of Whitehall departments – and a Sunday papers news that a primary apportion will work over Christmas on skeleton to combine and separate opposite supervision offices.

The Sunday Telegraph says a PM’s arch confidant Dominic Cummings is scheming an renovate of a polite service to safeguard it delivers on Mr Johnson’s agenda.

But Mr Gove pronounced a supervision would not extend Scotland another referendum on independence, notwithstanding a success of a SNP in Thursday’s election.

The party, that campaigns for an eccentric Scotland, won 48 seats – adult from 35 – and a leader, Nicola Sturgeon, pronounced she had “earned a right to pursue a plan” for another vote.

Ms Sturgeon, who is also First Minister of Scotland, said: “They will fury opposite existence for as prolonged as they can though Scotland has selected a really opposite kind of destiny than many of a rest of a UK, and they cant mount in a approach of a will of a Scottish people.

“Fundamentally democracy has to be offering and respected.”

Meanwhile, a Sunday Times claims adult to a third of cupboard ministers face a pouch in February, Whitehall departments could be abolished and polite servants transposed by outmost experts.

It’s also been reliable that a supervision has systematic a examination to cruise decriminalising non-payment of a BBC looseness price – that costs £154.50 annually.

What will occur this week?

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The beginning a State Opening of Parliament could be is Monday


Proceedings start when MPs accumulate for their initial duty: to elect a Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who transposed John Bercow in November. Technically, MPs can reason a opinion on this suit though this has never happened in practice.

Later in a day, a Speaker will start a routine of irreverence in MPs, who are compulsory to take an promise of devotion to a Crown, or, if they intent to this, a honest affirmation. Those who pronounce or opinion though carrying finished so are deprived of their chair “as if they were dead” underneath a Parliamentary Oaths Act of 1866.

Two to 3 days are customarily set aside for this process.


This is a beginning probable day for Parliament’s State Opening. The Queen’s Speech is a centrepiece of this, when she will review a discuss created by ministers environment out a government’s programme of legislation for a parliamentary session. A integrate of hours after a discuss is delivered, MPs will start debating a essence – a routine that takes days.


Depending on how fast Boris Johnson wants to move, a discuss on a Queen’s Speech could continue into Friday.

This might be interrupted for a second reading discuss on a Withdrawal Agreement Bill. MPs formerly corroborated Boris Johnson’s check during a initial theatre though rejected his devise to fast-track a legislation by Parliament in 3 days in sequence to leave a EU by a prior 31 Oct Brexit deadline.

After a discuss on a Queen’s Speech is concluded, MPs will opinion on either to approve it. Not given 1924 has a government’s Queen Speech been defeated.

Read some-more from a BBC’s parliamentary correspondent, Mark D’Arcy

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