General election 2017: Labour have to ‘come out fighting’

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:09 GMT, May 7, 2017 |

The Labour Party faces “a huge challenge” over the remainder of the general election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn says.

The Labour leader told supporters yesterday’s local elections were “disappointing”.

Mr Corbyn said “too many fantastic councillors” had not been re-elected as the party lost 382 seats nationwide.

Meanwhile Theresa May campaigned in the West Midlands after a Conservative win in the metro mayoral election there.

Speaking to a rally of supporters in Leicester, Jeremy Corbyn admitted his party faces “a huge challenge over the next four and a bit weeks” to win on 8 June after the Conservatives enjoyed the best local election performance by a governing party in 40 years, winning 500 seats.

In contrast, Labour under-performed, losing control of key councils in the Midlands and Wales that are set to be important general election battlegrounds while coming third in Scotland.