Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is hoping his party will not lose any seats in Thursday’s English council elections as he refuted all reports of a possible challenge to his leadership if results go against him. In his remarks, Corbyn stressed that the “golden circle of the media establishment” was “obsessed” with leadership questions but the voters are more concerned with inequality.
Mr Corbyn admitted that an anti-Semitism row in Labour is being “dealt with” and he has already called for an inquiry led by former head of campaign group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, and said “only a very small number” of cases of anti-Semitism had been identified to date. Talking about the upcoming elections on Thursday, Corbyn alleged that “we are not going to lose seats” and in fact “we are looking to gain seats where we can, but these elections are being fought on the issues of every different community across the country.”
Upon inquiry about reports of a possible leadership challenge, Mr Corbyn straightforwardly stated that “I’m here. I’m going on,” and when asked if he would stand in a leadership contest if there was another one, he replied “of course.” He explained that people in the media are “obsessed” with the leadership question and so he would advise people to focus instead on the “grotesque level of inequality.” He stated that “it’s time that many in the golden circle of the media establishment actually got out a bit and listened to what people are saying.”
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