EXCLUSIVE 150 Labour MPs 'face defeat in snap general election under Jeremy Corbyn'

Posted On: 
27th June 2016

Up to 150 Labour MPs face defeat if the new Tory leader calls a snap general election, according to research seen by PoliticsHome.

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The MPs - who make up nearly two-thirds of the parliamentary Labour party - all represent constituencies which voted Leave at last week's EU referendum.

They include former leader Ed Miliband and other high-profile figures including Stephen Kinnock, Michael Dugher, Yvette Cooper, Maria Eagle and Andy Burnham.

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Party insiders said the findings showed they would all be at risk of losing to either Ukip or the Conservatives at the next election, which is now widely expected before the end of the year.

One senior Labour source told PoliticsHome that the research showed why Jeremy Corbyn - accused by many within the party of a lacklustre attempt to persuade voters to back Remain last week - needed to be replaced.

​The source said: "Threats of de-selection from Len McCluskey and Momentum are meaningless if MPs' seats are already at grave risk under Jeremy Corbyn.

"MPs and party members were already worried about their prospects at the next election under Jeremy Corbyn, but unless MPs take action now the party could face a wipeout in a snap election."

One MP said: "You only have to look at Scotland to see that no Labour seat is safe, regardless of how big the majority is. Basically, no seat north of North London is safe right now."