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British Labor Party leader apologizes for electoral defeat

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British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn apologized on Sunday for the party's overwhelming defeat in the British general election but defended his campaign, which failed to resonate with the working class base. Corbyn promised to step away from party command. "I am sorry that we failed and take responsibility for it," he wrote in a letter published in the British left-wing Sunday Mirror. He defended, however, the campaign carried out. "I'm proud that, no matter how low our opponents were, we refused to join them in the gutter," he wrote. "And I'm proud that our message was one of hope, not fear," he added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won 365 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons in last Thursday's elections (12). The Labor Party had 203 seats, the worst since 1935. After suffering criticism from within his own party after the election defeat, Corbyn said he would step down after a "period of reflection." Maneuvers to replace it have already begun. The process of choosing a replacement will begin early next year, but some call for the immediate resignation of the leader. At least one potential successor performed on Sunday. Labor lawmaker Lisa Nandy told the BBC she was "seriously considering" running for the party's next leader.

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