The newly-elected MP for Ealing North, London, claimed Labour Party members should reflect and talk to understand what happened at Thursday’s general election. Mr Murray argued Labour did “very well” in the capital but that the dire results for his party in the rest of the country called for an honest conversation. He said: “I think everyone in the party needs to reflect on what happened. I was with members of my constituency party last night and we were all talking about it having an honest conversation about what happened.
“We recognised that in Ealing North and in many seats in London we did very well.
“But we clearly didn’t do well across the country and we need to understand what happened.”
But LBC host Iain Dale promptly pointed out to the Labour MP that his party only gained one seat in the capital and when Mr Murray reiterated Labour members need to talk about the disastrous election defeat, Mr Dale blasted: “Do you even need to have that conversation? Isn’t it quite clear what happened?
“Ed Miliband said after the 2015 election ‘we need to have a conversation with the country to find out what happened’.
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“But it is very, very clear.
“You had a leader that people thought was sympathetic to extremists.
“A manifesto that had so much in it that people didn’t think that it cohered and that it could be funded.
“And the Brexit position was just idiotic!”
Efforts by the opposition Labour Party to bring Britain together over Brexit failed at last week’s national election when the decision to leave the European Union tore up traditional political loyalties, its justice policy chief said on Sunday.
Richard Burgon, an ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, told Sky News the party had to analyse how it lost many traditional
Labour-supporting voters in northern and central England, but that much of the blame fell at the door of Brexit.
He also said he would like to see Rebecca Long-Bailey as the next leader of the Labour Party and that he was considering running for the post of deputy leader.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said of Labour’s election defeat: “It’s on me, let’s take it on the chin, I own this disaster so I apologise to all those wonderful Labour MPs who have lost their seats and who worked so hard.
“I apologise to all our campaigners, but most of all I apologise to those people who desperately need a Labour government.
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“Yes, if anyone’s to blame it’s me, full stop.”
Mr McDonnell said he believed Brexit was also to blame but told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “The media did a number on Jeremy for four years solid, every day.”
He said the Labour leader was “demonised” by the media “in a way no other politician on this scale has been done before”, adding: “I do blame the media… look at the evidence of the last few years, the way in which Jeremy has been treated in the media.”
Mr McDonnell defended his party’s policy programme and analysis for society it advocated as the “correct one”, adding: “I think that holds sway within the Labour Party.”