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Phillips: Corbyn has to stand down if he loses; BUT LABOUR CANDIDATE THINKS LEADER MAY TRY TO CLING ON.

Byline: JON WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com @jonathanwalker121

JEREMY Corbyn must stand down if Labour loses the General Election on June 8, Birmingham Labour candidate Jess Phillips has declared. But Ms Phillips, who is defending the seat of Birmingham Yardley, said Mr Corbyn's critics had "another fight on our hands" - because she believed he would simply refuse to resign.

She said: "I think it would be right and proper to stand down. But I don't think he cares about what's right and proper."

Ms Phillips also made it clear she would like "one day" to be Labour leader, but not yet.

She made the comments in an interview with House Magazine and website politicshome.com.

The Labour politician said Mr Corbyn should quit as Labour leader if the Tories win an overwhelming victory in the general election on June 8, and said she would "fight" to force him out.

She said: "We've got another fight on our hands. He isn't going to go is he?" Ms Phillips rejected suggestions that Mr Corbyn w a s known for his honesty, highlighting an occasion in August 2016 when he was filmed sitting on the floor of a train - apparently because there were no seats - only for it to be claimed later that seats had been available.

She said: "He shouldn't have sat on the floor of that train.

"That was the end of being able to say you were honest. Why would you do that? "I would just be like 'well no, I'm not going to do that because we're clearly going to get caught.' ".

"And then afterwards he should have just gone, 'mea culpa, what a d**k move'. I Jess Phillips would do that, I would say 'what a d**k move.'" ."

Asked if she hopes to be Labour leader, she said: "Maybe one day, I wouldn't say this time.

"I've never even had a frontbench job, so at the moment it's definitely not going to happen. But yeah, one day.

"At the moment it's not a certainty that I'll even return to parliament. So that has to be the focus. Largely people who lead the Labour party do have safe seats. I don't have a safe seat and it will never be safe, it's not that kind of seat.

"So this has to be my focus, being there and continuing to have a voice there is all that matters to me at the moment. But yeah, one day, why not?"

We've got another fight on our hands. He isn't going to go is he? Jess Phillips

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