/Jeremy Corbyn branded DELUDED over defiant New Year Labour message

Jeremy Corbyn branded DELUDED over defiant New Year Labour message

The outgoing leader, who led Labour to its worst performance at the polls since 1934, took a defiant stance as he insisted the party was “the resistance” against Boris Johnson and would be “on the front line” and “on the streets” opposing the Government. His extraordinary message also failed to mention the dozens of loyal Labour MPs who lost their seats in the party’s Midlands and northern strongholds where voters felt alienated by Mr Corbyn’s dithering on Brexit and roundly rejected the long list of promises in his left-wing manifesto.

2019 has been quite the year for our country and for our Labour movement

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Instead he boasted of “building a movement” and vowed to press ahead with “the fight”.

One former Labour MP branded Mr Corbyn “deluded” and accused him of failing to understand the damage caused under his “dreadful” leadership.

In the message, Mr Corbyn said: “2019 has been quite the year for our country and for our Labour movement.

“And now we are not just entering a new year but a new decade. And the period ahead could not be more important.”

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Jeremy Corbyn faces ridicule over his defiant New Year message (Image: PA)

He continued: “It will be crucial if we are to stop irreversible damage being caused by the climate crisis and the particular effects that has on people in the global south; if we are to stop the pain plaguing our country: food banks, poverty and people struggling to get by; if we are to protect our precious NHS.

“It won’t be easy. But we have built a movement. We are the resistance to Boris Johnson.

“We will be campaigning every day. We will be on the front line, both in Parliament and on the streets.”

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Jeremy Corbyn led Labout to a catastrophic defeat at the polls (Image: GETTY)

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Jeremy Corbyn said Labour was ‘the resistance’ against Boris Johnson (Image: PA)

Mr Corbyn said Labour will be “protecting our public services, protecting healthcare free at the point of use, protecting our communities, in all their brilliant diversity, and standing up for internationalism, global solidarity and co-operation, and working with movements and parties seeking social justice and change all over the world.

“And make no mistake, our movement is very strong. We are half a million people and growing. We are in every region and nation of our country.

“We’re not backed by the press barons, by the billionaires or by the millionaires who work for the billionaires. We’re backed by you. We are by the many, for the many.


“2020 and the years ahead will be tough – no one is saying otherwise. But we’re up for the fight, to protect what we hold dear, and to build to win and to transform.

“The fight continues. There is no other choice. So if you’re with us already, I can’t wait to meet the challenges ahead together.

“But if you’re not, join us. Join Labour today. Together we can bring about real change for our country, for the many and not just the few.”

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Jeremy Corbyn made no mention of the election meltdown in his message (Image: GETTY)

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Jeremy Corbyn with Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long Bailey (Image: GETTY)

Former Labour MP Ian Austin, who stood down at the last election after criticising anti-Semitism within the party, said Mr Corbyn’s message was “deluded”.

He said: “What will it take for Jeremy Corbyn to understand the damage his dreadful leadership has done to the Labour Party and the extent to which he and the party were rejected by the public?

“Under his leadership the party was poisoned with racism, extremism and intolerance. He ought to be apologising to the Labour supporters he let down and the MPs who lost their seats.”

Phil Wilson, who was Labour MP for Sedgefield until he lost his seat at the election, tweeted: “No Jeremy Corbyn, you are not part of the resistance to Boris Johnson you are one of enablers of Boris Johnson.”

Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas tweeted: “After a dismal decade for Labour – four election defeats ending with our lowest number of MPs since 1935, here’s hoping the next decade sees no more wild, multi-billion pound ‘fully costed’ manifestos, an end to antisemitism and a Leader who thinks winning is better than opposition.”

And Caroline Flint, who also lost her seat at the election, said: “But why no mention of the General Election Jeremy?JC: ‘What General Election?’ That’s one way to do a review!”

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “Labour have withdrawn into a virtual chatroom. This leadership election now is in danger of becoming an exercise in virtue signalling to the hard-left.”

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