Sir Keir Starmer has said he is “bitterly disappointed” and takes “full responsibility” for Labour’s defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.
“I’m bitterly disappointed in the results and I take full responsibility for the results. And I will I take full responsibility for fixing things,” the Labour leader said.
Labour suffered a “shattering” defeat in Thursday’s by-election in Hartlepool as they lost out to the Conservatives by 6,940 votes.
The seat has been held by Labour since its formation in 1974 – and the loss of the constituency has sparked recriminations about the direction of the party under Sir Keir’s leadership.
“Very often we have been talking to ourselves instead of to the country and we have lost the trust of working people, particularly in places like Hartlepool. I intend to do whatever is necessary to fix that,” Sir Keir said.
“This is not a question of left or right, it is a question of whether we’re facing the country.
“We have changed as a party. We have not made a strong enough case to the country.”