Jeremy Corbyn mocked for describing 2019 as 'quite the year'

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the Brexit debate in the House of Commons, London.
Jeremy Corbyn's new year message has not been received well in some quarters (PA)

Jeremy Corbyn has been mocked for describing 2019 as “quite the year” for the country and Labour.

Politicians from the party and commentators piled on to the leader’s comments in his new year message.

The year saw Labour lose 60 seats to the Conservatives in this month’s general election, conceding the influence it had on the hung parliament. Mr Corbyn pledged to stand down following the result.

In his speech, he said: “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 that 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.

“It won’t be easy. But we have built a movement. We are the resistance to Boris Johnson.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in Islington, north London.
Mr Corbyn pledged to step down after his party's disastrous general election result. (PA Images)

“We will be campaigning every day. We will be on the front line, both in parliament and on the streets.”

Former Labour MP Ian Austin, who left the Labour Party after criticising its anti-semitism issue, condemned Mr Corbyn’s comments: “What will it take for Jeremy Corbyn to understand the damage his dreadful leadership has done to the Labour Party and the extent to which he and the party were rejected by the public?

“Under his leadership the party was poisoned with racism, extremism and intolerance.

“He ought to be apologising to the Labour supporters he let down and the MPs who lost their seats.”

Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire called on Mr Corbyn to step down immediately.

Neil Coyle, the Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, slammed his leader and encouraged people to join the party.

And former Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, who stood down at the election, did not speak highly of Mr Corbyn’s plans for “resistance”.

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