Corbyn ally tells Kay Burley to 'get real' after Sky presenter says Labour is 'on the brink'

James MorrisSenior news reporter, Yahoo News UK

Jeremy Corbyn ally today told Sky News presenter Kay Burley to “get real” after she suggested the Labour Party was in crisis.

Andy McDonald, a member of Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, took exception to Ms Burley saying last month’s general election was Labour’s worst result since 1935 and that the party was “on the brink”.

He said: “I do caution against thinking our demise is imminent. We still did secure 32 per cent of the…”

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Mr McDonald was then interrupted as Ms Burley burst into laughter. She told him: “Get real.”

Kay Burley and Andy McDonald clash on Sky News on Thursday (Sky News)
Kay Burley and Andy McDonald clash on Sky News on Thursday (Sky News)

He then replied: “I’d ask you to get real, Kay. We won 32 per cent of the vote, it’s not insignificant.”

But he then conceded: “The Tories gained 43 per cent, so we’re a long, long way off. We’ve got an awful lot of work to do, this is a really serious moment for the Labour Party and I don’t underestimate it one jot.”

Jeremy Corbyn on election night (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Jeremy Corbyn on election night (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Later in the interview, shadow transport secretary Mr McDonald also complained of the treatment Mr Corbyn received during the election campaign.

“I have never ever experienced a general election where a good and decent, principled man has been so vilified and demonised in the way that Jeremy was.”

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His comments on Sky News were a stark contrast to those of leadership candidate Clive Lewis, who yesterday said Labour is facing an “existential crisis” following the election disaster overseen by Mr Corbyn.

A date for the leadership contest has not been set. Only Mr Lewis and Emily Thornberry have so far confirmed they will stand.

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