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Corbyn ?sorry? for election wipeout

Britain s main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised on Sunday for waging a disastrous campaign that handed Prime Minister Boris Johnson a mandate to take the UK out of the EU next month.But the veteran socialist defended his far-left platform and blamed the media for helping relegate his century-old party to its worst performance since before World War II. I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country, Corbyn wrote in the Sunday Mirror newspaper. I wanted to unite the country that I love but I m sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it. Thursday s snap general election turned into a re-run of the 2016 EU membership referendum in which Johnson championed the Brexit cause. Johnson now commands an 80-vote majority in the 650-seat House of Commons -- a margin last enjoyed by the late Tory icon Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.A sombre but combative Corbyn said on Friday that he will step aside once Labour completes a period of reflection about its mistakes. The party is expected to have a new leader in place before England votes yet again in local polls in May.Yet the 70-year-old has no clear successor after a year of infighting between a protectionist old guard backed by the unions and more metropolitan members with pro-European views.Corbyn tried to find a balance between the two camps by taking a neutral position on Brexit -- a decision that Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell proved to be fatal. What we tried to do is bring both sides together and we failed, McDonnell told the BBC.

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