SIR KEIR STARMER is facing anger from his own MPs following the historic loss of the Hartlepool by-election last night, with party infighting erupting.
The party leader’s authority has been hit by a bruising result in the traditional Labour seat that saw a Conservative MP elected for the first time in 50 years. Just hours after the result was announced, critics of Sir Keir are already briefing against him.
Blaming the leadership’s lack of socialist policies for failing to win the seat that was won twice under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Diane Abbott tweeted: “Crushing defeat for Labour in Hartlepool. Not possible to blame Jeremy Corbyn for this result.
“Labour won the seat twice under his leadership. Keir Starmer must think again about his strategy.”
Former Labour frontbencher Richard Burgon added: “Incredibly disappointing defeat in Hartlepool.
“We are going backwards in areas we need to be winning.