Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to step down as Labour leader following the humiliating election result has resulted in a variety of MPs hoping to become the head of the party. The BBC’s Andrew Neil did a run-through of the current candidates and how they are fairing in support from other Labour MPs. Mr Neil took the opportunity to mock Emily Thornberry and her struggling to start to her leadership bid.
He said: “Let us see how they are doing now and how many MPs they have got supporting them.
“Clive Lewis, who I interviewed last night has got one MP, better than none.
“Rebecca Long-Bailey who was seen as the favourite has got 17, that is not a great number of MPs.
“Though she may be more popular in the party in the country.
“Lisa Nandy has got 12 and Jess Phillips has 16.
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“Keir Starmer who has emerged as the front runner is way ahead with 41.
“And Emily Thornberry has got 3 showing she is really for the few and not the many.”
The panel then began laughing at Ms Thornberry’s lacklustre start to the Labour leadership campaign.
Earlier today, Ms Thornberry faced a backlash after deflecting from her disappointing place in the latest Labour leadership polls.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Thornberry said: “I think we’ve got a few more days to go.