Labour moderates including shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray, inset top left, have criticised Jeremy Corbyn, inset bottom right, in the wake of the disastrous results, pointing out that the party showed no signs of mounting a realistic challenge to the Conservatives at the next general election. The veteran left-winger’s own deputy Tom Watson admitted Labour was in a ‘serious’ situation but appealed for potential rebels to give him more time. With 80 out of 124 English council elections declared, Labour has lost control of just one authority – in Dudley – and dropped 25 seats, inset top right. However, it is still the worst showing by an Opposition party since the 1980s and critics pointed out that the Tories are in turmoil over the looming EU referendum. In Scotland, where Mr Corbyn’s allies had claimed his anti-austerity and anti-Trident stances would play well, the party has been humiliated by the SNP and beaten into third by the Conservatives. But at a rally in Sheffield, Mr Corbyn said the party ‘hung on and we grew support in a lot of places’.
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