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Glenda Jackson bemoans Labour’s losing streak

How times have changed. When Jeremy Corbyn first entered the Labour leadership race in the summer of 2015, Glenda Jackson — the former MP for Hampstead and Kilburn — wrote to him saying her only regret of not standing at the last election was that it meant she was unable to nominate him for the leadership.

Has she now had a change of heart? Speaking at yesterday’s Oldie of the Year awards — where the 80-year-old actress picked up the top gong –. Jackson seemed less than pleased with the state of her party under Corbyn. Paying tribute to Bernie Sanders, Jackson said the Labour party, too, will have to get used to losing:

‘I’m also sharing the table with the brother of an American politician who held true to one of the basic tenets of the Labour party: there is always honour in defeat, which is something I think we’re going to have to get used to… even more as the years go by.’

First Derek Hatton, then Owen Jones, and now Glenda Jackson — the Labour left are abandoning ship.

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