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Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to win the last election was because the British public didn’t think he “deserved” to be Prime Minister, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The former Labour leader was forced to resign after a disastrous general election result for the party, the worst defeat since 1935. Mr Khan was quizzed by Times Radio’s John Pienaar over whether new leader, Sir Keir Starmer, could succeed where Mr Corbyn had fallen short.
Mr Pienaar asked the mayor: “I know that Keir is very much of the cast that you would like to see in a Labour leader.
“A great deal closer to what you would like to see than Jeremy Corbyn ever was.
“No matter what you might have said during his time, you are mightily relieved, aren’t you, to see the back of Jeremy, if I can put it bluntly.”
Mr Khan admitted that he was of the view that the “electorate is always right”.
He told Times Radio: “The electorate decided on two occassions that the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn didn’t deserve to be lent their votes to form a Government.
“I’m a subscriber to the school of thought that you can do much more in one day in power than you can do in 5,000 in Opposition.
“Gordon Brown said that once.
“And Tony Blair once said, ‘Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile’.”
Mr Khan added: “The point I’m making is, you’ve got to have the principles, but also the power.
“So what Keir’s got to do with my support and the support of other Labour supporters is to, over the next four years, earn the trust of the British public.
“So they can lend us their vote at the next general election so that we can form a Government to do the things that Labour Governments should be doing.”
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The scale of Labour’s defeat left the party with the fewest number of seats since the 1935 election.
Mr Corbyn resigned on the night of the election, saying: “I will not lead the party into a future general election campaign.
“I will discuss with our 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 on into the future.”
Sir Keir Starmer was elected Labour leader in April with 56 percent of membership vote.
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