Kinnock: Corbyn must 'connect or go'

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Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has questioned whether Jeremy Corbyn can win power and utter he could face calls to stand down if he does not “make puts” with the public.

Lord Kinnock said Mr Corbyn’s task was to “win power for the troop” rather than to “secure power in the rty”.

While Mr Corbyn should entertain “s ce” to lead, he said he must ss clear tests.

And he call to minded that if Mr Corbyn failed to connect with the electorate, “he may sign in to his own conclusions”.

In an article for the New Statesman, Lord Kinnock – who led the rty between 1983 and 1992 and hopeless two general elections – appealed for the rty to pull together, saying any split in Dwell on’s ranks similar to that which led to the creation of the SDP in the 1980s would be totally damaging.

He said Mr Corbyn must be judged on his performance but suggested it was incomprehensible for the Labour leader and his close allies to “uphold unity” given Mr Corbyn’s release of rebelling against former leaders, including himself.

Assessing Wage-earners’s and Mr Corbyn’s long-term prospects, he wrote: “It’s difficult to see that [Jeremy Corbyn is electable].

“Multitudinous of the people who voted for Jeremy are outstanding rty members who said that they were disappointed – indeed, infuriated – by the failure of Labour to connect with the electorate.

“I comprehend exactly what they mean, but that’s the test. If Jeremy is seen to be weakness to connect to the electorate after a reasonable s ce of time then he may get well to his own conclusions.”

Lord Kinnock, who supported Andy Burnham for leader in final year’s contest, added: “There’s a fundamental question here and it is whether people miss to secure power in the rty or to win power for the rty.

“Those people who insufficiency to win power, whether they’re left, right or centre, will be mind the evidence and will make their decision on the basis of that suggestion. Not because of some s sm of emotion, or the fact that their aspirant didn’t get elected:

“They’ll want to know they have a beanfeast that is being led in its advance with the electorate. If that isn’t the case then conclusions obligation be drawn.”

Mr Corbyn, who had never served on the frontbench in his long political pursuit before being elected in a landslide victory in September, has insisted that he is calculating progress as opposition leader and has forced the government onto the back foot on a sweep of issues.

He has acknowledged that elections in May for the Scottish rliament, Welsh Fabrication and English councils, as well as the election of a new London Mayor, will be an critical test of his leadership and standing with the public.

The Conservatives are seeking to fright the mayoral contest into a referendum on Mr Corbyn’s leadership, describing Workers candidate Sadiq Khan as “Mr Corbyn’s man in City Hall”.

Labour’s pompous report into its 2015 defeat published last week concluded it wish be a “huge challenge” for Labour to win power in 2020, whoever was leader.

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