Mr Corbyn announced his plan to resign as leader of the Labour Party after a devastating result in the general election, winning just 203 seats – Labour’s worst defeat in the post-war period. However, he will not be leaving immediately, as he claimed to want to lead the party during a “period of reflection” to decide what direction it should take now. He said: “I will not lead the party in any future general election.”
The Labour leader added: “I will discuss with out party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.
“And I will lead the party during that period to ensure that discussion takes place and we move onto the future.”
Stephen Kinnock, the son of former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock, has been an MP for Aberavan since 2015.
His constituency in south Wales contains Port Talbot, known for its Tata Steel works.
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Al Rush, a financial adviser who represented Port Talbot steelworkers in a pension dispute, told Express.co.uk ahead of the election that he knew many steelworkers who were planning to abandon the Labour Party for the first time in this election.
He claimed they “can’t stand Corbyn” because they do not think he shares their values.
Nevertheless, Mr Kinnock still won his seat by a landslide – 53.8 percent of the vote compared to the Tory in second place on 20.6 percent.
Mr Rush said the Labour MP was popular because he had “tirelessly” helped the steelworkers behind the scenes.
The steelworks is key to Port Talbot’s economy and identity
He said: “They like Stephen Kinnock, but he must just put his head in his hands and say ‘why have I been lumbered with Corbyn?’”
Mr Kinnock, Welsh bred and London raised, could be the leader to bring Labour back to its traditional roots, bringing together the Labour heartland voters and the young, metropolitan voters.
He is also one of the few Labour MPs to back a compromise Brexit and even rebelled against the whip to vote for Boris Johnson’s deal in its second reading.
After an election in which getting Brexit done was clearly a key priority for many voters, Mr Kinnock’s bravery in standing up for what he believed in will be appealing to many.
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Mr Kinnock told the New Statesman last month that Labour is “winning on economic policy” where there is support in the north and midlands.
However, he added: “But we have to marry economic policy together with a very strong narrative on national security, on immigration, on patriotism, on the culture and values of our country.
“Labour is winning on economic policy, but we are losing on this second front.”
Former Labour MP Gisela Stuart told Express.co.uk that Mr Kinnock could be the person to bring the Labour Party back to the centre-left and make it a party for the working class again.
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Ms Stuart, who was a Labour MP from 1997 to 2017, was the chair of the Vote Leave Campaign Committee.
In this election, she came out in support of the Conservative Party.
When asked last week who could replace Corbyn, the politician told Express.uk: “I think people should not underestimate the work Stephen Kinncok is doing.
“He is trying to get the Labour Party back to the centre position, that does reflect the interest of the communities which feel they have been forgotten.
“There is a new generation coming through, we just need to wait.”