LABOUR’S post-election unity appears to have been shattered after one of Jeremy Corbyn’s own MPs openly mocked his claims that he ‘won’ the General Election.
In a scathing attack, Neil Coyle, MP Bermondsey and Old Southwark, accused Mr Corbyn of “triumphalism”, adding that the party’s current position was nothing more than a “false dawn”.
The feelings of triumph come after Labour wiped wiping out the Tories’ Commons’ majority, with Mr Corbyn suggesting that it was his party what was the real victor in the General Election.
That’s despite Labour ending up with fewer votes and fewer seats than Theresa May.
In a piece published in the MailOnline, Mr Coyle said: “Labour still went down to our third successive General Election defeat.
“Anyone claiming we “won” is frankly being ridiculous.”
The re-elected Labour MP didn’t hold back, and coupled his remarks with a scathing attack on Prime Minister Theresa May, before adding that he “desperately” wanted to see Labour form a government.
Mr Coyle, a vocal Corbyn-critic before the General Election, described his party leader’s triumphalism as “absurd”.
Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation from Labour benches in the Commons last week.
The move was in stark contrast to the silent receptions he had received before the Election, with MPs convinced he was leading them to election disaster.
Mr Coyle hit back at this “cheerleading” too, saying: “Many of Corbyn’s critics now applaud him but most Labour MPs and campaigners know that his terrible ratings meant he did not even appear on our Election leaflets.
“It is deeply disappointing that leading lights and steady hands continue to be ignored in appointments to Corbyn’s post-election Shadow Cabinet.”
The recent General Election result, which saw Labour gained a net 30 seats and a big rise in its vote share, confounded critics of Mr Corbyn.
His party won its biggest increase in the share of the national vote since Clement Attlee in 1945.
As a result, Mr Corbyn was determined to keep most of his team intact, offering jobs only where there were vacancies, some of them in junior roles.
The limited cabinet reshuffle meant that former party leader Ed Miliband missed out on a return to the frontbench, along with Yvette Cooper, who quit the frontbench after losing out to Mr Corbyn in the party’s 2015 leadership election.