How the mainstream media spun success into defeat for Corbyn

Mainstream media outlets have today spun a successful election result into one that looks like defeat for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party.

Despite Labour winning more seats than all other parties combined the BBC pointed to “mixed results” for Labour, highlighting losses in safe Tory seats such as Wandsworth and Westminster.

The local election result was the best in 47 years for Labour with gains made on 2014.

The party got a high share of the vote which would translate into a majority in parliament in a General Election, yet some media titles have suggested Corbyn may resign.

The Telegraph argued we might have reached “peak Corbyn” in a piece that pointed to the Jewish vote as having an impact on the results, which there is no evidence for.

And the Evening Standard, edited by George Osborne, splashed with “Oh No Jeremy Corbyn” on their front page, suggesting the party was humbled by a lack of victories in the capital.

But the Labour leader has refused to bite on the negative spin around the election.

Following a win in Plymouth, he said: “If you look at the overall picture Labour gained a lot of seats across the whole country and gained votes in places where we never had votes before.

“We had a very very effective campaign across the whole country and I’m very proud of those councillors who got elected.”

Theresa May suggested “Britain voted against Labour” in PMQs the following week. Although final voting figures seem to contradict that.

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10 Responses

  1. David

    Thanks. It is a relief to read this after all the bilge in the papers from the Standard right across to the Guardian of which btw I am a faithful daily buyer.

  2. Robert

    Genuine question here from a Labour supporter. How do we come to the following statement

    “The local election result was the best in 47 years”

    I linked this article to a friend and he was sceptical. I have done but a brief bit of research but can’t find anyway to quantify the above statement. Is it based on percentage of votes?

  3. Furious

    I can’t express the anger and indignation that BURNS through my veins at the BBC, mainsteam media and tabloids bias of this election.

  4. MARTA Falco Ainley

    Please don’t allow the National Trust to advertise on your website. please go to National dis Trust and you will see why, thank you

  5. Dave

    This is complete gibberish. Only selected seats were up for election and those seats were predominantly held by labour at the outset. The equivalent would be only holding elections in the Home Counties and then declaring a land slide victory for the Tories because they won most of the seats. I’d love to have seen Corbyn hammer the Tories, but the fact is he simply didn’t.

  6. Marc Lavelle

    Wholeheartedly agree – but would also factor in the effects of the ongoing tide of abuse and spurious negative coverage directed at Labour in general, and at JC in particular by the MSM. EVEN WITH all of this, Labour still made gains. Those in the Party seeking to oust him should wake up and face the fact that he is not leaving, and that the only way to win the next GE is to get squarely behind him.

  7. Teresa Steele

    Well I know the truth, and many labour members know the truth, it’s just that our trusted Main Stream Media can no longer be trusted, and this has become crystal clear. Bitter pill to swallow when you finally realise the ‘establishment’ is more corrupt than you could ever have imagined.

  8. Bob Meyrick

    “that pointed to the Jewish vote as having an impact on the results, which there is no evidence for.”
    Apart from the responses on the doorstep that Labour activists encountered.
    From the Guardian –
    “Adam Langleben, who lost his council seat in West Hendon, said activists began to realise the scale of the problem could be insurmountable on election day. “Things have definitely shifted since June. Every Jewish Labour household we visited, people said, ‘Not this time,’” he said.
    “Activists were being told ‘this is a racist party, an antisemitic party’, doors were slammed in their faces. We, as Jewish Labour activists, were told we were endorsing antisemitism. The reason we have lost here is the inability to deal with this issue and to tackle antisemitism.”
    Saying there’s no evidence when Labour activists themselves report it rather devalues your piece.

  9. Nick Corney

    Labour had been hoping to win several councils – in particular in London. In fact they won precisely one from the tories (Plymouth) and two more from No Overall Control, whilst simultaneously losing two to NOC. Meanwhile the tories won one from Labour and three from NOC whilst losing 2. LibDems won 4, lost none. How the f*** is that the best result in 47 Years?
    The article states that Labour won more seats than all the other parties combined. This is true – but only because the seats that were being contested were predominantly in Labour areas. However the combined gains of LibDems and Greens were 83, which was more than the 79 gains by Labour, so the term ‘won’ is ambiguous. In the article it implied – to this reader at least – that those seats had been won from another party.

    The picture painted in my paper of choice, the i, was nuanced and fair – unlike the blatant propaganda of this article – which is typical of the sort of misinformation that stops me from returning to being a Labour supporter. If you ever get real, I will happily vote for you again, but for now my choice is between the greens and the LibDems.

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