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April 21 2017 2:30 AM
Labour is not trying to win the UK general election, one of the party's senior MPs has admitted, as it emerged that at least 13 MPs have resigned in an exodus ahead of the vote.
Former minister Helen Goodman conceded Labour won't win in June and Jeremy Corbyn won't be the next prime minister after more MPs announced they will not stand.
One of the most senior MPs to refuse to stand was former shadow minister Michael Dugher. Dave Anderson, the shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland, also announced he will not seek re-election.
Mr Corbyn's party suffered a day of embarrassing mistakes after the leader failed to rule out calling a second Brexit referendum during his campaign launch but then rowed back and claimed the policy would not be in Labour's manifesto hours later.
Asked at his first election speech whether reports that the party is considering offering a second Brexit vote Mr Corbyn failed to rule it out. (© Daily Telegraph, London)