John Woodcock MP has publicly insisted Jeremy Corbyn should stand down
Theresa May announced on Tuesday Britain will return to the polls on June 8 in a snap election – to put to rest uncertainty before Britain splits with the European Union.
Leader of the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn welcomed the vote – but his backbenchers are not so impressed.
Ms May is expected to increase her majority as support for Mr Corbyn declines.
John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, confirmed he will stand for Labour at the upcoming election – but does not want Mr Corbyn as Britain’s leader.
In a video statement broadcast over Facebook he said: “I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain’s prime minister. I realise that Jeremy has been elected and then re-elected as the leader of my party. But my first duty is to you, my constituents.
“Jeremy’s opposition to the Trident renewal programme is lifelong and is well-known, but more than that, I cannot countenance endorsing him for a role which I think even he – although he may say differently in front of the cameras – does not think he is fit to carry out.
“Now my party, locally and nationally, will need to decide how to treat my desire for re-selection in these circumstances.”
John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness said he will stand again
Jeremy Corbyn appears confident of his chances heading into the snap election
In a disaster for the Labour Party, current predictions show dozens of seats could be lost.
Mr Woodcock, who has a majority of 795 over the Tories, insisted to make things easier, and give Labour a fighting chance, Mr Corbyn should stand down.
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He said: “There is still, of course, time for Jeremy to stand down rather than lead Labour to defeat.
“But I promised when I first asked you to vote for me that I would put Furness first and that means in these circumstances doing what is right rather than what is easy.”
Labour MPs have been quick to critics their leader, who many fear will lead them into disaster.
Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson announced he will step down from his seat just hours after Theresa May called for a snap general election.
Corbyn looks crushed following by-election defeat Fri, February 24, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home following a humiliating blow by the Conservatives after snatching Copeland in a by-election victory. The struggling politician was talking on the day his party lost a by-election to the government, the first time this has happened in over 30 years.
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Jeremy Corbyn is seen at Savoy Place in London where the Labour leader was giving a speech on Brexit
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop said he will not stand for re-election.
Mr Blenkinsop took just minutes to make the announcement, stating it was over “significant and irreconcilable differences” with the leadership.
Pat Glass in North West Durham will not contest her seat.
It is now eared more will follow suit in the coming days.
However, the Labour Party has refused to admit it is at breaking point with deputy leader Tom Watson describing the mood as “very buoyant”.
Theresa May announced the snap election to unite the nation before Brexit
Mr Corbyn refused to reveal whether he will stand down if he is defeated, instead focusing on his campaign which will include a “fairer economy, the NHS and social justice for all”.
Thousands of Labour supporters are not expected to blindly back Corbyn, who refused to stand down after a vote of no confidence in 2016.
In just one hour after the May announcement, internal membership figures for the Liberal Democrats shot up by 1,000 new members.