This is how Jeremy Corbyn answers his critics

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Jeremy Corbyn has made the following statement in answer to concerns over the future of the UK in the wake of the ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum… and in defiance of the former Shadow Cabinet members whose attempted coup against him fell so badly flat yesterday (Sunday).

But a day in politics is a long time. I’m publishing this so we all know what Mr Corbyn’s base line is, as we go into the first full working week following the referendum.

“Our country faces a huge challenge following Thursday’s vote to leave the European Union. And the British people have a right to know how their elected leaders are going to respond.

“We need to come together to heal the divisions exposed by the vote. We have to respect the decision that has been made, hold the government to democratic account over its response, and ensure that working people don’t pay the price of exit.

“Neither wing of the Tory government has an exit plan. Labour will now ensure that our reform agenda is at the heart of the negotiations that lie ahead. That includes the freedom to shape our economy for the future and the necessity of protecting social and employment rights.

“One clear message from last Thursday’s vote is that millions of people feel shut out of a political and economic system that has let them down and scarred our country with grotesque levels of inequality.

“I was elected by hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members and supporters with an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics.

“I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.

“Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.

“Over the next 24 hours I will reshape my shadow cabinet and announce a new leadership team to take forward Labour’s campaign for a fairer Britain – and to get the best deal with Europe for our people.”

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26 thoughts on “This is how Jeremy Corbyn answers his critics

  1. jeffrey davies

    benn Yvette Cooper, Tristram Hunt and Chuka Umunna. need that push out of the party so that they can join their true party the cons

  2. Sammo

    I wonder who Corbyn’s new shadow cabinet will end up being? Are there any MPs with sense and experience left who would be willing to sit around the table with him and pretend that Labour might be able to win an election with him as leader? All the fun of the fair. The last time something like this happened was when Thatcher was brought down by her ministers. And she said that she would “fight on” too.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yeah – Thatcher didn’t have the support of the masses in the way Corbyn does.

      1. Tim

        Corbyn has gt the “mass support” of Labour member. What he will never have is the mass support of the general electorate and therefore will never be able to win a general election. Thatcher won three successive general elections. Corbyn can’t even win the support of his own MPs. Wake up, Mike. Corbyn won’t even say how he voted in the EU referendum! The man is not a leader but lead – a poisonous base metal that hamstrings intelligence in protracted doses, with no shine or especial worth.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Why do you say Corbyn “will never have” the support of the electorate in general?
        He has succeeded in doubling Labour’s membership, and that means many more will be supporting him who have not gone as far as joining.
        You are basing your opinion on – what? A skewed right-wing media presentation, intended to put people off? It certainly can’t be based on election results because Corbyn’s Labour has an impressive record of wins in all major polls since September last year.
        What exactly is your rationale for this silliness?

        Oh, and Corbyn voted ‘Remain’. I know someone tried to smear him with a claim that he voted ‘Leave’ but his office put that one straight last night. Don’t spread lies.

      3. David Woods

        Ah, More people who seem to think democracy should be forgotten if you don’t like the result!

    1. David Woods

      The Tories didn’t bring us out, the population did!
      And they rob us blind already, more so with the EU gravy train running full tilt – they already had us where they wanted us!

  3. Wild Daffodil

    JC stands for the sort of politics I would like to see more of. I have never voted Labour, never thought I would even contemplate it but if there was a General Election tomorrow and JC was leader of the Labour Party, I’d vote Labour.

  4. wildswimmerpete

    Roll on an October General Election. We need to be prepared, I’m only a Labour supporter at the moment, but when my pension goes in this month I’ll be joining.

  5. Sammo

    Another left-winger, Angela Eagle, just resigned! Half the shadow cabinet have deserted Corbyn. What a catastrophe the man has turned out to be.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What a catastrophe for these former ShadCab members. Gone, soon to be forgotten. Never to be missed.

  6. Sammo

    Whoops! John Healey has resigned. Poor old Jeremy. How embarrassing to see such an embarrassment, embarrassed like this so publicly.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Why do you think John Healey is an embarrassment?
      Okay, don’t answer that – we all know what you mean. Most of us just don’t agree with you.

  7. Sammo

    I believe I just heard that twenty-eight of Corbyn’s front benchers have resigned, Mike. How does Corbyn answer his critics now when there are so many of them?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      With the support of a quarter of a million Labour Party members, I expect.

      1. Sammo

        If only Labour voters determined victory in a general election, Mike, Jezza would be home and dry. Sadly for him this isn’t the case. You folk are so odd. Trapped in your own bubble you seem clueless about the bottom line in the real world.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Floating voters determine victory in a general election. Blair, Brown and Miliband drove them away in their millions; Corbyn has them joining the party.
        I’m not trapped in any bubble; I see the bigger picture.
        You should try it!

      3. Sammo

        Wha-hey! All you need now is another 11,000,000 or so voters and you could win the 2020 general election! Darn. That has no chance whatsoever of happening does it?

      4. Mike Sivier Post author

        Well, it depends. If the Labour backstabbers all clear off and make way for MPs who will help Jeremy Corbyn promote the Labour policies he represents, then there is every possibility that Labour will gain far more than 11 million votes.

        If they linger like a bad smell, then you’re probably right.

  8. Jim

    Oh look, all the resigners are members of The Fabian Society. Blairite or not, they are Neoliberals. Good riddance.

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