Mr Miliband was a mainstay within Tony Blair‘s cabinet during the ex-Labour chief’s time in Downing Street, holding positions such as Foreign Secretary during the Noughties. Eventually, the former MP for South Shields would have his own tilt for the leadership, but eventually succumbed to his brother Ed, who oversaw Labour’s general election defeat in 2015. Now, after the party lost its past four elections, Mr Miliband was sure the time had come for Mr Corbyn to be ousted and new blood at the head of Labour.
He was convinced after Labour’s horrendous showing at the polls in 2019, which saw his party’s ‘red wall’ within the north decimated by Conservative voters who sided with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s message to “get Brexit done”.
Mr Johnson’s Tories would secure an overwhelming victory and the biggest majority his party has seen since Margaret Thatcher secured her third term as Prime Minister.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Miliband said of the election: “It could hardly get any worse.
“We had the worst election results since 1935 so we proved ourselves to be unelectable and that was the fourth election we lost on the trot.
“And so, there’s no question that it was well past the time for a change of course.”
Following the defeat, Mr Corbyn resigned sparking a leadership contest, which saw the likes of Corbynista Rebecca Long Bailey battle it out with Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir.
Sir Keir eventually secured the victory and since taking over at the top of Labour, he has enjoyed a solid rise in polling numbers compared to Mr Johnson.
Many observers have also claimed that his appearances in Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) have been inspired with the Prime Minister seemingly struggling to contend with the former barrister.
In a heated PMQs last week, Sir Keir was continually asked to back the Government over its safe plans for the resumption of children in school.
And despite refusing to answer, Sir Keir did in the House of Commons yesterday.
Welcoming the news, Mr Johnson teased: “How welcome it was, Mr Speaker, to hear from the Right Honourable gentleman that he actively supports children now returning to schools and that he believes that for children returning to school now it is safe.
“I think he said that. I don’t want to accuse him of a U-turn!”
He added: “There is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, and so on.
“It’s good to have his support on that matter today and I welcome the spirit and the manner in which he has responded to this statement today.”
Published at Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:46:00 +0000