“The problem was you!”
That’s what Labour MPs yelled as they vented their election humiliation fury on “lame duck leader” Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday night, as he faced them for the first time since their crushing defeat by Boris Johnson’s Tories.
Mail Online reports Corbyn tried “to blame Brexit and the media” for the “catastrophic loss”.
“All 202 of its remaining MPs confronted the outgoing opposition leader as he addressed them in Parliament as it returned for the first time since their harrowing Thursday night loss.
“Rebellious MPs dismissed his claims that the defeat – the party’s worst since 1935 – was down to Brexit and media hostility.
“Only a handful of ultra loyalists attempted to defend the party leader, who has already announced he will quit in the new year,” the report said.
Mr Corbyn apologised “to the fractious meeting, but failed to win them over”.
“In a two-hour meeting, MPs also said the leadership contest should focus on who could win over the country, rather than party members.
“Only a handful of ultra loyalists attempted to defend the party leader, who has already announced he will quit in the new year,” the report added.
Meanwhile, former Labour Party Leader Tony Blair “delivered a lacerating verdict on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘comical’ leadership and branded Labour a ‘cult’ – as he finally admitted defeat on Brexit”.
“The former PM, who won three elections, tore into his successor for turning the party into a ‘glorified protest movement’.”
Mr Blair said “the astonishing rout at the hands of the Tories last week – the worst performance since 1935 – was a source of ‘shame’, warning that Labour faces total destruction if it does not evict the hard-Left”.
“In a stark message to Remainers, Mr Blair drew a line under years of trying to reverse Brexit.”
“‘We have lost,” he said.
“The vicious attack came as Mr Corbyn and his extremist clique of advisers faced massive pressure to stand aside immediately in the wake of the battering from voters,” the report added.
“There are mounting fears among moderates that the leader and his allies are clinging on to try to control the contest for his replacement – and confirm the icy grip of the Left on the UK’s main opposition party.”
Moving forward, the report said: “The choice for Labour is to renew itself as the serious, progressive, non-Conservative competitor for power in British politics, or retreat from such an ambition, in which case over time it will be replaced.”