Labour MPs must mount a “guerrilla campaign” to oust Jeremy Corbyn and reclaim the party, former deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said.
Writing on the eve of the local elections, the Labour heavyweight warned moderate MPs must not allow the left-wing of the party to put voters off and banish the party to opposition for decades.
It came as voters across the country cast their ballot in the local elections, which Jeremy Corbyn’s senior aides have said will act as a “yardstick” for the general election in June.
Polling experts have warned Labour could be on course to lose more than a hundred seats.
Despite the dire predictions the leader gave himself the nickname “Monsieur Zen” yesterday as he called on swing voters to get behind Labour rather than think tactically.
Mr Corbyn claimed he “never gets angry” although is left feeling “slightly irritated” by suggestions that the Lib Dems are the alternative opposition, given their record in government.
But writing in the New York Times Mr Hattersley said the election is “an ideal opportunity” to set out an alternative vision for the party by encouraging moderate MPs to wrestle control away from Mr Corbyn.