THE LABOUR PARTY could be in danger of not winning a majority for the next two elections, according to a former Tony Blair adviser who blamed Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell for “dragging” the party off to the left.
Darren Murphy, a former special adviser to Tony Blair, spoke to Sky News following Thursday’s disastrous election result for the Labour Party. Labour dropped 59 seats to 203, which is its lowest number of seats in a general election since 1935. Mr Murphy did not have good news for the Opposition’s speed of recovery.
He told Sky: “It won’t be the next general election because the history of party performance is that no matter how well you do to reform the party, on this scale, with defeat so profound in some of our heartland areas.
“It will take two elections at the very least to get to a point where we could be in a place to win a national election again.
“I think it’s very sad. People in the end who will suffer for that are the people who need a Labour government the most.
“The current Labour leadership have achieved nothing. All they’ve done is to collapse the Labour Party and almost destroy it.”
Jeremy Corbyn announced during his acceptance speech for Islington North that he will stand down as Labour leader following the horror show for the party.
Mr Corbyn has said he will not lead Labour into another election campaign, although he will continue to lead the party during a “period of reflection” as it decides the direction it should take next.
Neil Coyle, a re-elected Labour MP, called it a “shameless insult to voters” for Mr Corbyn and John McDonnell to hang on.
Mr Coyle tweeted: “In 2005 Tony Blair won a third consecutive general election for Labour with a majority of 67. Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell called for him to resign. In 2019 they helped hand Boris Johnson a majority of 80 & still have not had the decency to go. A shameless insult to voters.”
Mr Murphy agreed, saying: “Up and down the country today, there are people who’ve been very active members of the Labour Party, who’ve worked really hard to see a victory in that election.
“It is insulting to those people to say ‘I’m going to hang around but I won’t fight election’.
“The next election might be four or five years away.”
The former Blair adviser continued: “The leadership of the Labour party, not just Corbyn but John McDonnell and the team of people around them, those people really should realise that the game is up for them.
“That simply grabbing the Labour Party and dragging it off to the left simply results in exactly the outcome that we saw on Thursday.
“It happened before. In 1983, the Labour Party was dragged off to the left and we lost.
“Last Thursday, the Labour Party was dragged off to the left and we lost.
“We never win from a hard left position.”