UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Defiant as Party Members Quit

Corbyn’s critics say he failed to demonstrate that he can win over enough voters at a national election.

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Britain vote on the “Brexit” issue. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Britain’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to fight to retain control of his Labour party on Monday after almost all his policy team withdrew their support for him in protest after Britons voted to leave the European Union.

Corbyn is resisting pressure to quit over what critics say was his lacklustre effort to keep Britain inside the European Union.

They also say he has failed to demonstrate that he can win over enough voters to secure power at a national election.

Stop the whispering, stop the corridor coups, stop trying to pressure an elected leader of the Labour Party to stand down without any vote or democracy.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Spokesperson

Corbyn’s advisers reiterated his intention to stand for re-election in any leadership contest that his rivals might call.

Despite his defiance, the stream of resignations throughout the day offered a brutal critique of Corbyn’s leadership–his business policy chief said the leader was partly to blame for last week’s referendum vote to leave the EU.

Angela Eagle was one of at least 18 members of parliament to quit the shadow ministerial team in the space of two days.

Corbyn announced a number of appointments to replace those who had quit on Sunday, promoting several members of his inner core of left-wingers to senior defence and foreign policy roles.

Corbyn was elected party leader last year on a surprise wave of grassroots enthusiasm for his left-wing agenda and promise of a new approach to politics.

But his relationship with Labour’s elected lawmakers has always been fragile, with many questioning whether the party could win an election on such a ticket.

Amid the drama inside parliament, more than 1,000 Corbyn supporters gathered outside the building for a noisy rally against what some of his supporters described as a right-wing coup against him.

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