Jeremy Corbyn loses more election support, with former Labour MPs urging votes for Boris Johnson
Photo: Two former Labour MPs have said Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to lead the country.
Two former Labour MPs have urged voters not to support UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming general election.
Ian Austin, a former junior minister who quit Labour last February over its failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party, said Mr Corbyn was “unfit” to lead the country.
“I can’t really believe it’s come to this but I think I need to tell people that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t fit to lead the Labour Party,” Mr Austin, a long-term critic of Mr Corbyn, told Sky News.
“He’s certainly not fit to lead the country.”
Mr Austin instead urged voters to back the Conservative Party and its leader Boris Johnson.
“The country faces a big choice and there’s only two people who can become prime minister on December 13 and I’ve come to the conclusion it can’t be Jeremy Corbyn, so it has to be Boris Johnson,” he said.
The 54-year-old, who first joined Labour more than 30 years ago, also told his local newspaper the Express and Star that he “must do everything he can to stop Jeremy Corbyn from getting into power”.
Mr Austin’s comments were echoed by John Woodcock, who quit Labour in 2018 after being suspended by the party.
“The choice to keep Jeremy Corbyn away from Downing Street, to stop him getting his hands on the levers of national security and defence has to be to vote Conservative in this election and that’s what I’ll be doing as well,” he said at an anti-extremism event on Thursday.
The public denouncement of Mr Corbyn came the day after Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson announcing he was quitting the party.
Mr Watson, from the moderate wing of the party, has frequently clashed with leader Mr Corbyn over Brexit policy.
He also survived a bid to oust him at a party conference in September.
Conservative candidate stands down following rape comments
Meanwhile, a Conservative candidate was forced to stand down just days after being selected because of comments he made about rape in 2014.
Nick Conrad, a former BBC radio host, made the comments on air in 2014 when talking about a rape case involving a professional footballer.
“I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire,” he said.
“When you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity, there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body, there’s a huge amount of will and intent, and it’s very difficult for many men to say no.
“Women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals it’s best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.”
The segment attracted complaints to broadcasting regulator Ofcom and Mr Conrad apologised at the time, as well as in a statement to local newspaper the Eastern Daily Press on Thursday.
Boris Johnson called the comments “completely unacceptable”.