ANDREW PIERCE: Corbyn must hand over the reins at PMQs as performances go from ...

Even by Jeremy Corbyn’s low standards, his performances at Prime Minister’s Questions since the election have been dire.

As he plods painfully through his six questions, there is an embarrassed silence on the Labour benches. Some Labour MPs say there is a way out.

The four leadership contenders Emily Thornberry, Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long Bailey could take it in turns to stand in for Corbyn at PMQs.

‘It’s the perfect audition for the job of Leader of the Opposition,’ says one Labour source.

Even by Jeremy Corbyn’s low standards, his performances at Prime Minister’s Questions since the election have been dire. As he plods painfully through his six questions, there is an embarrassed silence on the Labour benches

Even by Jeremy Corbyn’s low standards, his performances at Prime Minister’s Questions since the election have been dire. As he plods painfully through his six questions, there is an embarrassed silence on the Labour benches

‘We can’t go on for another two months with Jeremy Corbyn asking the questions until the new leader is in place on April 4.’

Corbyn, unsurprisingly, is showing no interest in the idea, which is gaining support among Labour benches.

Is that because he fears his preferred candidate, Rebecca Long Bailey, would also bomb at the despatch box?

Could the former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft be about to come to Labour’s rescue? 

He’s due to publish a major report — based on extensive polling of Labour Party members and a cross-section of voters — on what the party needs to do to get back in the game.

Again, it could be bad news for Long Bailey.

Don’t expect a ringing endorsement for Sir Keir Starmer from Ed Balls.

‘It’s not good the Conservative Party has had two women Prime Ministers, and Labour is yet to have one,’ says the former minister and Strictly performer.

‘Labour has had two short-lived [acting] female leaders, but never elected, and never as PM. So, let’s hope.’

Sadly, Balls’s wife Yvette Cooper, hated by Lefties, ducked out of the contest.

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