John McDonnell massively shows up Corbyn's lack of leadership as he makes apology on Marr

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The outgoing shadow chancellor told BBC One’s Andrew Marr he was to blame for the “disaster” suffered by the Labour Party at Thursday’s general election. Mr McDonnell apologised to those who “desperately need a Labour Government” and failed to get one, as well as to the 59 former Labour MPs who lost their seats. He said: “Let me make it clear: this is on me. It’s on me. Let’s take it on the chin.

“I own this disaster so I apologise.

“I apologise to all those wonderful Labour MPs who lost their seats and worked so hard.

“I apologise to all our campaigners.

“But most of all, I apologise to those people who desperately need a Labour Government.

“And yes, if anyone is to blame it is me. Full stop.”

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John McDonnell apologises for Labour Party’s election ‘disaster’ (Image: BBC)

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John McDonnell claimed media ‘demonised’ Jeremy Corbyn (Image: BBC)

The Labour MP, however, went on to blame the media for the “demonisation” of Jeremy Corbyn during the election campaign and for the entirety of the four years he has been in charge of the Party. 

He 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.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also apologised to Labour supporters over the party’s catastrophic performance in the General Election.

In an open letter, the Labour leader acknowledged the party “came up short” in the poll on Thursday, adding: “I take my responsibility for it.”

But despite Labour suffering its worst result since 1935 – with dozens of seats falling to the Tories – he said he was “proud” the party had offered a message of “hope” in the election.

Mr Corbyn was widely criticised in the aftermath of the election for failing to apologise as Labour’s hitherto impregnable “red wall” of seats in the North, the Midlands and North Wales crumbled in the face of the Conservative onslaught.

In his letter to the Sunday Mirror, he said: “I will make no bones about it. The result was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country.

“I’m sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it.”

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General election 2019 results (Image: EXPRESS)

The Labour leader – who has said he will stand down in the early part of next year after taking the party through a “process of reflection” – said it was determined to regain the trust of traditional Labour voters who turned against it.

“We will learn the lessons of this defeat, above all by listening to lifelong Labour voters who we’ve lost in working-class communities,” he said.

“This party exists to represent them. We will earn their trust back.”

Writing in The Observer, Mr Corbyn insisted the policies he set out were genuinely popular and had re-set the terms of the debate in the election.

“I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate,” he said.

“There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions. The question is how can we succeed in future where we didn’t this time?”


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