• Emily Thornberry has repeatedly claimed Labour had won last week’s election
  • She told BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire: ‘If an election was called today we would win’
  • Shadow foreign secretary urges activists to prepare to campaign again soon 
  • She said: ‘Don’t put your posters away, just put them in the top drawer, because there will be another election’

Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Labour would win a general election if it was held today, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn‘s said today.

Emily Thornberry also urged the party’s activists to get ready to start campaigning again because of Theresa May‘s precarious position as Prime Minister.

She said: ‘If you continue to look at the polling, we continue to get even more popular after the General Election and if an election was called today we would win’. 

The shadow foreign secretary – who is among Mr Corbyn’s most trusted political supporters – said that ‘Labour defied all expectations’ despite getting 56 fewer seats than the Tories.

Ms Thornberry has repeatedly claimed Labour won last week’s election and has accused Theresa May of ‘squatting in No10’.

Bold: Emily Thornberry says Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (both pictured today) would win an election today

Bold: Emily Thornberry says Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (both pictured today) would win an election today

Bold: Emily Thornberry says Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (both pictured today) would win an election today

Bold: Emily Thornberry says Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (both pictured today) would win an election today

Bold: Emily Thornberry says Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (both pictured today) would win an election today

Reaction: Piers Morgan was among the many people on social media reminding Ms Thornberry that Labout got fewer seats than the Tories 

Reaction: Piers Morgan was among the many people on social media reminding Ms Thornberry that Labout got fewer seats than the Tories 

Reaction: Piers Morgan was among the many people on social media reminding Ms Thornberry that Labout got fewer seats than the Tories 

And in a message for Mr Corbyn’s supporters she told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire: ‘Don’t put your posters away, just put them in the top drawer, because there will be another election, looks like I’m afraid, people may not want to have it, but it looks like that is where we are going to have to go.’

Today a shadow cabinet colleague told the Evening Standard that ‘premature triumphalism [by Labour] would be foolish’ after losing to the Tories by dozens of seats.

Mrs Thornberry said Labour will now ‘harry’ Mrs May’s government by putting down amendments setting out an alternative vision to the Queen’s Speech and asking MPs to support them.

She said it was unclear what elements of the Conservative manifesto would get into the Queen’s Speech following negotiations between the Tories and DUP.

‘Her manifesto didn’t win, people don’t have confidence in her, she is a wounded Prime Minister, she’s not really going to be able to do anything,’ she told BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

‘She’s going to have to do it with the DUP, which causes all sorts of problems in terms of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

‘Exactly how they are going to patch this together. Who knows? And in the meantime, there’s Brexit going on and that’s really important to get right.

‘We have a really different idea about what kind of Brexit negotiations we should be having than Theresa May seemed to be envisaging.’

The shadow foreign secretary - who is among Mr Corbyn's most trusted political supporters - said that ' Labour defied all expectations' despite getting 56 fewer seats than the Tories 

The shadow foreign secretary - who is among Mr Corbyn's most trusted political supporters - said that ' Labour defied all expectations' despite getting 56 fewer seats than the Tories 

The shadow foreign secretary – who is among Mr Corbyn’s most trusted political supporters – said that ‘ Labour defied all expectations’ despite getting 56 fewer seats than the Tories 

Labour added 3.5million votes to his 2015 tally in the sharpest increase since the Second World War. Last night, a Labour source said a frontline return for Ed Miliband could not be ruled out.

A confident Mr Corbyn (pictured today) has insisted he could still become prime minister as he laid out plans to put forward an alternative Queen’s Speech

Yesterday, Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he had received text messages from party colleagues across the spectrum.

‘It’s important to make that clear,’ he said. ‘I never get involved in personal abuse. If people have political disagreements, that’s fine. We can discuss those. I’ll be appointing a shadow cabinet over the next couple of days and announcing it next week.’

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: ‘The general view has always been an open-door policy, and we’ve wanted people to work with us all the way along.

‘My view is we want to draw upon all the talents – but our shadow cabinet at the moment was a winning team. It’s just won, effectively, votes that no one predicted we would, so I don’t want to break up that winning team.’

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Mr Corbyn said: ‘I can still be prime minister. This is still on. Absolutely. We will obviously amend the Queen’s Speech. There’s a possibility of voting it down – we’re going to push that.’

Mr McCluskey said Mr Corbyn would be in No10 now were it not for attacks from his own MPs.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics: ‘Instead of constantly having to be defending himself against treacherous individuals, he’ll be able to concentrate even more on what this nation needs. Many of the MPs who have been knifing him in the back owe their jobs to him.’

 

 

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