Ed Miliband calls on Jeremy Corbyn to resign

Posted On: 
29th June 2016

Ed Miliband today called on Jeremy Corbyn to quit as Labour leader.

Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn during the referendum campaign
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In a dramatic intervention, the former leader said his successor's position was "untenable" after three-quarters of Labour MPs voted for a motion of no confidence in him.

His comments, in an interview on Radio 4's World at One, pile further pressure on Mr Corbyn to stand down.

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Mr Miliband said that at "a time of acute national crisis" in the wake of last week's Brexit vote, the opposition must be united.

"I’ve supported Jeremy Corbyn all the way along from the moment he was elected because I thought it was absolutely the right thing to do," he said.

"I think a lot of what he stands for is very important for us going forward. But, look, I’ve reluctantly reached the conclusion that his position is untenable."

He added: "The question for him is what’s right for the country and for the party and for the causes he cares about. I’m not a Blairite, at least I’ve never been called a Blairite. I’m not a plotter.

"I’m somebody who cares deeply about this country, deeply about my party and deeply about the causes that I think Jeremy and I care about.

"And I think the best thing on all of those criteria is that he stands down, painful though that will be for him and many of his supporters."

Asked what he would have done if he had lost a vote of no confidence, Mr Miliband said: "I would have gone."

But speaking before Mr Miliband's interview, a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn insisted he was going nowhere - and challenged his critics to put up or shut up.

He said: "We're calling on the PLP to unite behind the democratically-elected leader of the party or call a leadership election."

The spokesman also said it was "100% clear" that if there is a leadership contest, Mr Corbyn's name will automatically appear on the ballot."