Labour civil war: Corbyn's dire message to voters ahead of leadership challenge

LABOUR's Jeremy Corbyn angrily hit-out at his grassroots supporters when he made the leadership ballot, it was revealed in an interview with an insider.

PUBLISHED: 09:08, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:08, Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Mr Corbyn has found himself once again in the headlines despite having left as Labour leader earlier this year. It comes amid the publication of left-wing commentator Owen Jones' book 'This Land'. Mr Jones paints a picture of well-intended discord in which Mr Corbyn truly wanted to change the political face of the UK, yet lacked the skills to do so.

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Throughout Mr Corbyn's leadership over Labour, between 2015 and 2020, many accused Mr Jones of being a media mouthpiece for the party.

However, in an interview with the New Statesman about the book recently, he admitted that he was at times not wholly convinced with Mr Corbyn's authority.

Several chapters linger on the party's misgivings over the past five years, including management, anti-semitism, and Brexit.

One story about Mr Corbyn at the beginning of his leadership campaign paints an uncertain image of him.

Jeremy Corbyn: The former leader hoped he wouldn't get elected according to a new bookJeremy Corbyn: The former leader hoped he wouldn't get elected according to a new book (Image: GETTY)

Labour Party: Corbyn led Labour for five years from 2015 to early 2020Labour Party: Corbyn led Labour for five years from 2015 to early 2020 (Image: GETTY)

It came as Mr Corbyn made the 2015 leadership ballot in a last minute application.

Here, Mr Corbyn, talking to the former chair of the left-wing group Momentum, Jon Lansman, voiced his concern over his ballot bid.

He said: “You better make f***ing sure I don’t get elected.”

It is revealed that Mr Corbyn stood not on the belief that he could win, but out of a "sense of duty".

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General election: Corbyn and his team led the party to its worst defeat since 1935General election: Corbyn and his team led the party to its worst defeat since 1935 (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Jones said: “I was at the first meetings and discussions. The whole point of it was, Jeremy told me himself, ‘We’ll get 15-20 per cent’…He stood out of a sense of duty and commitment to his ideas and his cause, nobody would claim that he had natural leadership abilities, he hadn’t run anything at the time.”

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