• It is believed that moderate candidates are in talks with possible financial donors
  • One scenario is group will resign from party and the rejoin when Corbyn is gone
  • Corbyn said he would be ‘carrying on’ as leader regardless of the election result

Alex Matthews For Mailonline

Labour will face an exodus if the party loses the election with 100 MPs quitting and forming a group to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn.

It is believed moderate candidates are plotting with potential donors to form a new group in Parliament, in case the party suffers a humiliating landslide defeat to the Conservatives on June 8.

The breakaway group may wait for Corbyn to be forced out or resign and then re-join the party when he has been replaced.

Labour will face an exodus if the party loses the election with 100 MPs quitting and forming a group to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour will face an exodus if the party loses the election with 100 MPs quitting and forming a group to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour will face an exodus if the party loses the election with 100 MPs quitting and forming a group to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn

Among those that could be asked to head the cohort are Dan Jarvis, Yvette Cooper and Sir Keir Starmer, reports the Telegraph.

However, there is no evidence they have been approached or have shown interest in the role. 

Meanwhile, Corbyn has rowed back from suggestions he could remain leader even if he fails to gain power in the general election.

He was quoted by BuzzFeed News as saying he would be ‘carrying on’ regardless of the result, telling the website: ‘I was elected leader of this party and I’ll stay leader of this party.’

But after he officially launched Labour’s General Election campaign, he claimed he meant he would be leader because he would have won the poll and become prime minister.

He said: ‘No, I told them I would carry on as leader because we’ll have won the election by then.

Asked by journalists if he would stay on if he loses the election, he added: ‘The answer is we’re fighting to win this election.’ 

 

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