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UK Labour Leader Corbyn announces he will step down

  • Published at 11:43 am December 13th, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn-Reuters
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the Labour Party's headquarters following the general election in London, Britain December 13, 2019 Reuters

This comes after a shocking result for the party in the 2019 UK general election

Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will not lead the UK Labour Party into another general election after winning a seat as an MP in his constituency of Islington North.

This comes after a shocking result for the party in the 2019 UK general election.

"I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign," the veteran socialist, 70, said on Friday, after winning his north London seat for the 10th time.

Corbyn went into Thursday's election offering a radical leftist program for social change, including huge investment in public services, as well as a second referendum on Brexit.

He, however, was criticized for his handling of allegations of anti-Semitism within Labour and supposed sympathies with proscribed terrorist groups.

An exit poll forecast Labour would lose 52 seats to secure 191 in the 650-seat parliament -- the party's poorest result since 1935.

The forecast put UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives on 368 seats, giving the party a majority of 86.

Senior Labour figures have indicated Corbyn was responsible for the heavy losses. He admitted in an acceptance speech the results were "very disappointing".

But he stopped short of saying he would stand down immediately, instead announcing he would lead the party during a "process of reflection" into what went wrong.

Corbyn defended his "manifesto of hope" and maintained they were "extremely popular" during the campaign. But his message had been eclipsed by Brexit.

"Brexit has so polarized and divided debate in this country, it has overridden so much of a normal political debate," he added.

"I recognize that has contributed to the results that the Labour party has received this evening all across this country."