Labour should not pretend it achieved a “famous victory”, a former shadow chancellor has said.Chris Leslie, a critic of Jeremy Corbyn, claimed the party missed an “open goal” to beat Theresa May. The Labour MP described the outcome of the election as an “okay result” after Mr Corbyn’s party secured 262 seats, more than expected, and significantly boosted its vote share. Mr Leslie retained his Nottingham East seat with 28,102 votes, 71.5 per cent. The former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer has held the seat since 2010.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Leslie warned Labour had still lost the election which he said left his constituency with a Conservative government “they do not need”. He said the party is now faced with tough questions about how to convince voters it can transition from “protesting about a government into being the government”. Mr Leslie said while some unexpected “fantastic results” had been achieved in some constituencies, “we haven’t won that election”.
It’s not going to be good enough