‘Labour deserve election failures!’ Brexiteer fumes at ‘depressing excuse’ for Boris rival
Keir Starmer urged to 'bring Corbyn back' by McDonnell
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Sir Keir Starmer is under massive pressure following a humiliating loss in the crunch Hartlepool by-election last week, which saw the Labour Party’s once untouchable “Red Wall” crumble further. He took over as leader from Jeremy Corbyn just over a year ago after his predecessor presided over Labour’s second successive general election defeat and one of their worst performances in recent history when voters went to the polls in December 2019. The current Labour leader also faces a crucial summer with the Batley and Spen by-election in West Yorkshire, where his party holds an even smaller majority than it did in Hartlepool.
But now Labour has come under ferocious attack from leading Brexiteer and former MEP Rupert Lowe, who has lashed out at the party for criticising the consequences of Covid lockdown restrictions being lifted.
He has accused the party of not providing enough “firm criticism”, raging they have deserved their numerous and recent election failures.
Mr Lowe wrote on Twitter: “Labour have absolutely no right to moan about the consequences of lockdown when they have cheered on every restriction.
“What a depressing excuse for an opposition we have.
“When we needed firm criticism, they failed us.
“They deserve their relentless electoral failures.”
Last week following the crushing Hartlepool by-election defeat, Mr Lowe said Labour had been “utterly demolished” and “thoroughly deserve it”.
He fumed the party had offered “zero opposition” and accused them of treating their voters with “contempt”.
The Brexiteer raged on Twitter: “Labour have been utterly demolished and they thoroughly deserve it.
“They have provided zero opposition over the last year, they treat their voters with contempt and stand for nothing.
“Too busy sitting on the fence to provide any proper scrutiny.
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The former MEP had also used Twitter earlier this week to direct his fury at Sir Keir Starmer’s stance on Brexit before the UK finalised a deal with the European Union.
Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Keir continued to push for a second referendum on the UK’s membership with the EU before Labour suffered a crushing defeat in the 2019 general election.
But Mr Lowe warned this could backfire when trying to keep former Labour Brexiteers on side.
He wrote: “Starmer said a second referendum was the only way forward and relentlessly pushed for one in Parliament to overturn the 2016 Brexit vote.
“If he thinks the ex-Labour Brexiteers will ever forget that, he is sadly mistaken.”
Following the Hartlepool by-election, under-pressure Sir Keir told his shadow cabinet he takes full responsibility for the party’s crushing defeat in the Red Wall constituency.
The Labour leader met his revamped top team at Westminster earlier this week, with party sources revealing he made clear he was not trying to shift the blame for the disastrous by-election performance.
Sir Keir was said to have told them there was no escaping the scale of the defeats which said “something profound about the size of the journey we have to go”.
He said: “To be clear, I take responsibility. Nobody else.
“I lead the Labour Party and it is entirely on me.”
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