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Corbyn GONE: Labour leader's replacement named after devastating election defeat

Jeremy Corbyn saw his electoral gamble crash as the Labour Party lost 42 seats and Boris Johnson secured a strong majority to deliver his Brexit plan through Parliament. The Labour leader announced he will stand down in the aftermath of the overwhelming defeat, triggering discussions on who among Labour MPs would be best to replace Mr Corbyn. Asked about who he could envision taking over, Lord Mann told Good Morning Britain: “It will be a woman because the best candidates are women.

“The best two candidates are Jess Phillips and Angela Rayner.”

However, host Susanna Reid pointed out Ms Rayner could suffer in a leadership race because of her close association with Mr Corbyn.

Lord Mann responded: “That’s going to be her weakness, Jess Phillips isn’t.

“They are the two candidates who could persuade people in my area.”

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Corbyn announced he will stand down after Labour’s overwhelming defeat (Image: BBC•SKY NEWS)

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Labour peer John Mann suggested Angela Rayner could take over from Corbyn (Image: ITV/Good Morning Britain)

Lord Mann, who quit the Commons earlier this year to take on a seat in the House of Lords, also ruled out Labour grandee Yvette Cooper. 

Former Labour adviser Ayesha Hazarika agreed Ms Cooper “has had her time,” and echoed Lord Mann’s views over Jess Phillips potentially leading the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Hazarika said: “She has had her time. I think Jess Phillips is a real rising star, somebody who has such huge appeal.

“She has got that charisma about her but she’s a big boogie figure for a lot of Corbynistas in the party.”

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Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarica suggested Jess Phillips has the “charisma” to win over voters (Image: ITV/Good Morning Britain)

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Jeremy Corbyn urged his party for “reflection” as he announced he will step down (Image: BBC)

She added: “We’ve got to pick someone with some charisma that can connect with the people.”

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain however suggested the party should not dismiss junior members of the party as potential candidates.

Lord Hain said: “I don’t think Lisa Nandy should be ruled out of the script because she is very talented and could reach across the party.”

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But economist Grace Blakeley, a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum, immediately dismissed some of the suggestions.

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The Labour Party suffered its worst defeat since 1983 (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Ms Blakeley said: “Jess Phillips is never going to get the backing of the union, she’s never going to get the backing of the membership.”

After his victory in Islington North was confirmed, Mr Corbyn announced he will not be leading the Labour Party into the next general election.

Addressing his constituents, Mr Corbyn said: “I want to also make it clear that I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign.

“I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.”

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