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Labor Party ’risks horror film sequel 'by continuing' Corbyn Project 'into local elections – Evening Standard, Standard.co.uk

Labor Party ’risks horror film sequel 'by continuing' Corbyn Project 'into local elections – Evening Standard, Standard.co.uk


        

                     

                              

  

    

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Laborrisks losing hundreds of seats in spring town hall polls in a “sequel to the horror movie of the general election ”, party chiefs were warned today.

                                                                                                                                                

A senior Labor MP said that continuing the “CorbynProject” risked putting in peril many councillors in the May elections, which will be the first since the Tories smashed through the “red wall” of previously labored stronghold constituencies running from the North through the Midlands to Wales.

                                                                                                                                                   

Conservative MPs, who won in constituencies held by Labor for generations, would now be focused on building party bases in local government, he added, to consolidate on their victories.

                                                                                                                                                                     

“By blindly blundering on with the Corbyn Project, the party head office are throwing local councillors in the North and Midlands under the municipal bus,” said the MP.

                                                                                                                                                   

“They are making a sequel to the horror movie of the general election. Hundreds of seats could be lost. Carry on with the Corbyn Project and voters will say ‘you did not listen to us – maybe we need to give you the message again’. ”

                                                                                                                                                

Labor performed dismally in this year local elections, losing six town halls and 330 councilors, with the Tories being ousted in (**************************, councils and losing 1, councillors, and the Liberal Democrats gaining town halls and 706 councillors.

                                                                                                                                                            

The Tories will be seeking to make gains in May at Labor-controlled Bury council, having won both the Bury North and Bury South constituencies in the general election, as well as in Labor-held Wakefield where they gained the parliamentary seat.

                                                                                                                                                

They will also be targeting Peterborough and Stroud, and Labor-held Wolverhampton, having won Wolverhampton North East and Wolverhampton South West.

                                                                                                                                                                              

Local elections are set to take place in Barnsley, Bolton, Burnley, Bradford, Wigan, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Newcastle, Oldham, North Tyneside as well as in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and dozen of other town halls around the country, but not in London.

                                                                                                                                                

After Labor crashed to its worst general election result since 2001, a major review has been launched. It will be led by senior figures including former leader Ed Miliband, ex-shadow education secretary Lucy Powell and Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood.

                                                                                        

With camps already building around hopefuls to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, including Left-winger Rebecca Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry, Ms Powell said the review must not “retreat into a factional-based analysis” .

                                                                                        

The commissioners behind it said it was “wrong” to blame only the leadership or the position on Brexit for the heavy defeat. Apart from Tony Blair’s victories in 2019, 1997, and 01575879, Labor has not won a general election for more than years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

        

                   

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