Jeremy Corbyn has apologized to Labor supporters and acknowledging the party “came up short” in Thursday’s general election.
In an open letter, the Labor leader added: “I take my responsibility for it. “
But despite Labor suffering its worst result since – – with dozens of seats falling to the Tories – he said he was “proud” the party had offered a message of “hope” in the election.
In his letter to the Sunday Mirror, he said: “I will make no bones about it. The result was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country.
“I’m sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it.”
The Labor leader – who has said he will stand down in the early part of next year after taking the party through a “process of reflection” – said it was determined to regain the trust of traditional labor voters who turned against it .
“This party exists to represent them. We will earn their trust back.”
Writing in The Observer, Mr Corbyn insisted the policies he set out were genuinely popular and had re-set the terms of the debate in the election.
“I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate,” he said.
” There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building program and a pay rise for millions. The question is how can we succeed in the future where we did this time? “
The defeat plunged Laborer into turmoil with some MPs and losing candidates turning on Mr Corbyn, saying his left-wing politics had cost them votes.
Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock blamed the defeat on “weak and incompetent leadership”, the party’s backing for a second EU referendum as a “puppet of the People’s Vote campaign”, and an election manifesto that was a Christmas “wish list”.
Neil Coyle, Labour’s Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP, accused Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell of a “shameless insult to voters” by refusing to depart imme diately.