Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has been criticised for a New Year’s message which some felt didn’t mention the poor performance of the Labour Party at the 2019 General Election. Corbyn did though use the speech to call on members to form a resistance to help protect the NHS and public services.
“2019 has been quite the year for our country and for our Labour movement. And now we are not just entering a new year, but a new decade. And the period ahead could not be more important. It will be crucial if we are to stop irreversible damage being caused by the climate crisis and the particular effects it has on people in the global south. If we are to stop the pain plaguing our country, food banks, poverty and people struggling to get by. If we are to protect our precious NHS.”
Phil Wilson, the Labour MP who lost his seat at the General Election, posted on Twitter:
“No @jeremycorbyn, you are not part of the resistance to Boris Johnson you are one of enablers of Boris Johnson.”
Neil Coyle, the Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, posted on Twitter:
“Labour isn’t a rent-a-mob protest party, or a ‘resistance’ but a potential Party of Government when led well. Corbyn’s team/message sank us to pre-war levels of representation. More poverty, homelessness & higher foodbank use will be the result. Join Labour to help us move on!”