Podcast: Corbyn's Labour faces 'decade' in wilderness

Podcast: Corbyn's Labour faces 'decade' in wilderness

Mark Francois (Con, Rayleigh and Wickford) rose on a point of order and asked: "Is that it?"

The party faced an open challenge to Mr Corbyn's authority from prominent critic John Woodcock, who said he was hoping to stand as Labour candidate for Barrow and Furness but would not endorse its leader for prime minister. She continued: "Our call for a meeting between party leaders isn't about the Greens standing aside - it's about giving people in this country the best possible chance of defeating the Conservatives and bringing in a truly democratic voting system".

A man passing by commented: "I hope you become Prime Minister" - prompting a smile and thanks from Mr Corbyn.

Hilary Benn (Lab, Leeds Central) closed his eyes as if in prayer. "He's an activist, he's not really a public leader", Dr McAngus said.

A Labour woman MP wore a look of blank despair and took refuge in her mobile phone.

Mr Corbyn is being nearly universally regarded as "unelectable", and Mrs May was surely looking at his struggles and anticipating an opportunity to strengthen her majority when she made her decision this week.

It is understood that Mr Corbyn is meeting the leader of Croydon Council, Tony Newman, as well as the deputy leader Alison Butler.

She is expected to win the necessary backing of more than two-thirds of parliament in a vote that is likely to take place soon after 1300 GMT. The EU is really important", said Valerie Kent, 52, a teacher who described herself as a "floating voter"."We're in danger of becoming a very blinkered society when it comes to things like immigration, and there are many who are anxious about that.

Labour cheered for a moment. "His opponents see Labour as a political party which is only in the business of winning elections, and using the levers of government to implement policy".

Mrs May said a free press is "important".

Theresa May had made the mistake of telling them that "now is the time" for a general election, when just a few weeks ago she said that "now is not the time" for a second independence referendum.

"If we are not that party of opposition it will be the Lib Dems because Ukip has completely fallen by the wayside".

"Are we going to be a country that gives riches and makes riches for all of us, or are we going to be a country that works only to the make the richest even richer?" For it did seem to imply that all opposition is inherently disloyal.

"A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial".

Mr Corbyn refused to say what he will do if Labour loses the election, when The Independent contacted him.

"People don't think he's a credible, strong leader, and his personal ratings are absolutely abysmal", said Craig McAngus, a political scientist and a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.

The party supports fixed term parliaments, but had said it would not stand in the way of an election. "It has not and shows no real sign of doing so".

She acknowledged that any pact may be hard for Corbyn to support however. It was not an edifying spectacle, but it was convincing in its way.



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