Talking to BBC Newsnight, Labour MP Mary Creagh, who lost her seat to Conservative Ahmah Khan, becoming the first Conservative MP in Wakefield in 87 years, voiced her concern over Mr Corbyn’s failure to apologise over the party’s shocking general election result. Ms Creagh echoed several other Labour MPs who have claimed that Mr Corbyn and his inner circle should have already accepted defeat, apologised for their own misgivings and leave the Labour Party in order for it to recoup and revaluate.
She said: “We have bequeathed Tory austerity into the NHS, into our schools, into all our public services, and the prospect of a very hard Brexit at the end of next year.
“Frankly, there’s only one word people needed to hear from Jeremy and his team which is: ‘We’re sorry, we quit’.
“They didn’t say those words tonight.
“We have to wonder what on earth else they’ve got in store for the Labour Party.”
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Ms Creagh had previously made her anger at Mr Corbyn and his team heard directly at the Labour leader after seeing him taking a selfie with a group of young people.
It came while she was clearing out her office, making use of the opportunity to take the internal battle to the person many have blamed for Labour’s failing in retaining its northern red wall.
She told The Times: “I told him he shouldn’t be having his photo taken with young people because he had betrayed their future.
“I asked him to apologise for what he’d done.”
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Creagh previously confronted Corbyn while cleaning out her office
She said: “I’ve had no phone calls or messages from anyone in Jeremy or his team.
“Given I was in today, telling my staff that they’re going to be redundant a week before Christmas, shows in Jeremy we have a man without honour and without shame – and a type of preening narcissism that means he thinks he’s still got something left to offer our Labour movement.”
Ms Creagh’s comments came as the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) met for the first time since the humiliating defeat.
Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips said she read out a text from Melanie Onn, who lost her Great Grimsby seat to the Tories, about “how she had been let down by the leadership and the frontbench and that nobody had bothered with Grimsby”.
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Ms Phillips added: “There are lots and lots of complaints about how nobody has called any of the people who lost.”
Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh also attended Tuesday night’s PLP and she told Channel 4 News that the “meeting addressed nothing”.
When asked what should happen to Mr Corbyn and “his team”, she said she wanted them to go “absolutely immediately”.
She said: “I’m not convinced a full and fair leadership election can take place with those people at the helm.
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“They should go now, if they had any self-respect they would go now.”
During the meeting, Mr Corbyn apologised for Labour’s huge defeat and insisted he was only staying on until a new leader is elected to ensure “the smoothest possible transition”.
He said: “I am very sorry for the result for which I take responsibility, I will continue to lead the party until a new leader is elected.
“I want us to have the smoothest possible transition for the sake of the party as a whole and for those Labour mayors and councillors who are up for re-election in May.”