Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn news: Gisela Stuart calls for surprise candidate to replace Labour leader | UK | News


Boris Johnson is set to remain in power as the BBC’s exit poll is predicting a thumping Conservative Party majority – the party’s best performance since under Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Mr Johnson is predicted to win 368 seats which will give him control of the House of Commons and allow him to pass the Brexit deal he agreed with the EU. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing an election disaster instead, after the poll predicted just 191 seats.

Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, told Sky News the exit poll is a “devastating blow” and a “deeply depressing prediction”.

Asked whether Mr Corbyn would have to resign should these results be borne out, he told Sky News: “Obviously, these are things that will be discussed by the leadership of the party over the next few days. It’s premature to discuss them now.”

During an interview with Express.co.uk, though, former Labour MP and Brexiteer Gisela Stuart discussed the future of her former party, and revealed who she believes could save it from its current state.

She said: “There are some very interesting people in the Labour Party, particularly women who are emerging.

“I am a great fan of Lisa Nandy.

“It is always a kiss of death when you start naming people, though.”

Ms Stuart added: “I also think people should not underestimate the work Stephen Kinnock is doing.

“He is trying to get the Labour Party back to a centre position, that does reflect the interest of the communities which feel have been forgotten.

“There is a new generation coming through, we just need to wait.”

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He is one of the infamous 19 who still advocates a compromise on Brexit despite Labour’s official policy of a second referendum.

Considering Mr Corbyn is heading for a landslide election defeat similar to Michael Foot’s crushing loss to Margaret Thatcher in 1983, Mr Kinnock’s tip for leadership could be telling.

It was his father, former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, who arguably restored the party’s electability in the mid-Eighties, by denouncing the Trotskyist group Militant and other groups from the far-Left.



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