Jeremy Corbyn is not the right man to lead Labour into a general election following the Brexit vote, according to the MP for Poplar and Limehouse.

Jim Fitzpatrick took to twitter following the outcome of the EU referendum and criticised the leader, believing that he would not be able to appeal to the wider electorate.

His comments came as 19 members of the shadow cabinet resigned following the sacking of shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn.

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Jim said: “Like many Tower Hamlets residents, I am disappointed with the result of the EU referendum. However, another referendum is not going to make matters better.

“We need to accept the public’s decision and seek a way forward, especially when there may be a general election ahead. Labour needs to win the public’s trust again.

“In the aftermath of the referendum, I cannot see Jeremy Corbyn taking us to government, so we may have new leaders of both parties.”

The result has been followed by a number of hate crimes across London and the UK.

Jim urged residents to report any incidents to the police and asked for officers to do all they can to keep the community safe.

He said: “The outcome of the referendum is not a legitimisation of racism or intolerance.

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“We may be leaving the EU but this does not stop us from continuing to work with our existing connections and links. Britain still has a bright future despite this outcome.

“Further, the oncoming Tory leadership contest and possible general election may be a way for a second look at this decision.

“Whatever happens, it is certain that politics in Britain is in for a turbulent time.”

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