Labour leadership 'f***ing mad' for agreeing to a general election

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to back a December general election has been met with fury by many of his own MPs.

As MPs - with Labour’s backing - voted for a December 12 election, Mr Corbyn’s backbenchers were split on the issue.

One unnamed MP told MailOnline: “They are f***ing mad. They think they are on the brink of a brave new Socialist dawn.”

Another Labour source told the Daily Mirror that the “f***ing Lib Dems were having an election by accident”.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman also made his feelings clear, describing the move to back an election "on Boris Johnson's agenda" as "sheer madness”.

Some Labour MPs are not happy that Jeremy Corbyn agreed to a Jeremy Corbyn (PA)

He claimed that Mr Corbyn was persuaded to back an election by two of his closest aides, Seumus Milne and Karie Murphy.

Mr Sheerman tweeted: “A clear majority of our Shadow cabinet were against a December election yesterday but Jeremy Corbyn has been persuaded to override them after interventions from Seamus Milne & Karie Murphy!”

Despite the fury from some MPs, Labour backbencher Ben Bradshaw said his party will do better in the election than some may think.

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He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I actually think Labour will do much much better than the pundits and a lot of commentators are predicting.

"The reason that we thought the referendum was the best way is a democratic reason.

"In a binary issue like Brexit, the only way of resolving that with democratic legitimacy is to hold another referendum and Labour is the only party offering that now in the general election.

"That's why you have to vote Labour if you want to stop Brexit."

Mr Corbyn, who was called a "chicken" by Boris Johnson after initially opposing plans for an early poll, said Labour plans to take rail, water and energy into public ownership while raising taxes on those "at the top" to invest in public services.

He said: “We're launching the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change that our country has ever seen.

Mr Corbyn said Labour were launching the 'most ambitious and radical campaign for real change' (AP)

“This is a once in a generation chance to build a country for the many not the few.”

Several members of Mr Corbyn's top team also backed the party's shift in stance.

Shadow Employment Minister Laura Pidcock - one of the favourites to be next Labour leader - tweeted: "Bring it on!”

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