Peter Mandelson, the former Labour MP under Tony Blair, said he was feeling “fury” at the way the party has gone in recent years.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters need to “grasp the scale” of the challenge and transformation of the entire party – or “we will be here again and again on mornings like this” he says.
“We have not won a general election in 16 years, we have lost the last four, with 2019 a catastrophe.
“The last 11 elections read… lose lose, lose, lose, Blair Blair, Blair, lose, lose, lose lose.
“We need for once to learn the lessons of those victories as well as those defeats.”
He says he’s spent days in Hartlepool campaigning for the party, and has been on the ground for weeks.
“It was a strange by-election like no other.”
Covid and Corbyn were the two main reasons for the defeat, with a bit of Brexit thrown in too, he says.
And a dollop of Tory money “thrown in”.