Emily Thornberry hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she said the Labour Party is “not beaten” after suffering a humiliating defeat in the December general election which saw some Labour seats turn Tory for the first time in history. The Shadow Foreign Secretary received backlash from social media users as they pointed out Labour’s humiliation at the polls and labelled Ms Thornberry “pitiful”.
Speaking at the launch in Leeds, Ms Thornberry said: “The country deserves better than another five years of Boris Johnson.
“A man who has been elected on one issue alone and now feel empowered to dictate to our country the country’s direction on every issue.
“Well we may be hurting and we may be wounded but we are not beaten.
“We are not beaten and we’re going to stand together and we’re going to stand up and tell Boris Johnson, ‘no! Our fight is not over, over fight is just starting!
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“We will fight with the same spirit that we showed in that election campaign and which our party has shown throughout its history.”
Journalist Andrew Piece was first to hit out at Ms Thornberry as he wrote on Twitter: “In her launch speech, Emily Thornberry says ‘Labour is not beaten.’ Err, yes it is. For the fourth election in a row.”
Another user added: “Her speech was a comedy show, she should have appeared dressed as a clown.”
A third person said: “Emily Thornberry couldn’t lead a horse to water.”