Last month, Sir Keir Starmer said Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was the “number one” issue with Labour raised by voters on last year’s campaign trail. The new Labour leader, who took over from Mr Corbyn on April 6, told the Financial Times that “fair or unfair” criticism of his predecessor had dominated conversations with voters. He told the publication: “The topic of conversation was always what was coming up…anybody who knocks on doors knows a number of things came up.
“The leadership of the Labour Party was number one, fair or unfair.”
Sir Keir also took aim at the “overload” of Labour’s manifesto, which included a string of policies on nationalisation, worker ownership of companies, and decarbonisation.
He added: “People thought there was too much in it and because there was too much in it they didn’t believe any of it.”
The new Labour leader’s comments come after a wide-ranging Shadow Cabinet reshuffle which saw a string of Corbynite frontbenchers including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon replaced.
Under Mr Corbyn, Labour suffered its worst defeat since 1935, as he gained only 201 seats, with a net loss of 57.
Soon after the results, the veteran left-winger announced he would step down as leader of the party, despite many expecting he would retire from politics entirely.
However, Mr Corbyn, who turned 71 years old on May 26, had already made clear he would never stop working.
In 2016, he told the Derby Telegraph that he has “never gone through life with the intention of retiring.”
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Jeremy’s brother, conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn, also told The Telegraph: “He got cancer but carried on working.
“He was a consultant and still working as an electrical engineer – they said he was in the top seven of his field in the world.
“He was diagnosed with cancer two years before he passed away. It was in the intestines. He carried on doing consultancy work. He wasn’t somebody to sit around doing nothing.
“It’s true, all my nephews, nieces and late uncles were the same. I intend to go on working.”