Neil Kinnock, who served as the Leader of the Opposition for the Labour Party from 1983 until 1992, has suggested in an interview with the New Statesman that Jeremy Corbyn, the current Leader of the Opposition, should stand down if he is unable to see an increase in support.
The magazine was running a series of articles on whether some MPs should split from the Labour Party to form a new SDP type party. Kinnock replied:
“There’s a fundamental question here and it is whether people want to secure power in the party or to win power for the party. Those people who want to win power, whether they’re left, right or centre, will be watching the evidence and will make their decision on the basis of that evidence. Not because of some spasm of emotion, or the fact that their candidate didn’t get elected, they’ll want to know that they have a party which is being led in its advance with the electorate. If that isn’t the case then conclusions must be drawn”.
He recommended against though acting too early, saying “the idea of trying to take disruptive action in the short-term will simply be fruitless”.