Labour MP Jess Phillips says Jeremy Corbyn will NOT win a majority at the next general election and claims the party leader is now past his 'peak'
- Birmingham Yardley MP says Labour could be largest party after next election
- But she says she 'can't see a way' for Mr Corbyn to win an outright majority
- She also says 2017 general election was likely the Labour leader's 'peak'
Jeremy Corbyn will not win a majority at the next general election, Labour MP Jess Phillips has claimed as she said the party leader was now past his 'peak'.
Ms Phillips, the outspoken MP for Birmingham Yardley, said she believed it was possible that Labour could be the largest party after a snap poll.
But she said she 'can't see a way' for Mr Corbyn to win the contest outright as she suggested he would struggle to beat his better-than-expected performance in 2017.
She also joined rebel Labour calls, led by deputy party leader Tom Watson, for a second Brexit referendum to be held before a general election.
Mr Corbyn has said he wants there to be an election followed by a second referendum.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Ms Phillips said regardless of whether Brexit has been resolved before the next election it will be 'very, very difficult' for Labour.
She said that Labour failed to win 'against literally the worst candidate in the world' in 2017 in reference to Theresa May and that she expected Boris Johnson to run a better campaign than his predecessor.
Jess Phillips, pictured in London on September 4, has said she does not believe Labour will win a majority at the next general election
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured this morning in Brighton, wants there to be a general election before a second Brexit referendum
She said: 'The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is that when under attack, the man rises to the challenge, doesn't he?
'As he did in the general election — he was so much better than people expected him to be.'
But asked if she expected Mr Corbyn's performance to be good enough to win a majority, Ms Phillips said: 'I think maybe that was peak Corbyn. I can see a way where the Labour Party ends up as the largest party.
'But no, I can't see a way where the Labour Party wins a majority.'
Backing calls for a second referendum to be held before a snap election, Ms Phillips said Brexit would 'toxify' a snap poll and that it would be better to deal with it separately.
Mr Corbyn has ruled out forming a coalition government should he fall short of a majority. He said he would try to form a minority administration instead.
Andrew Fisher, head of policy and the author of the party's last manifesto, delivered a scathing assessment of the 'blizzard of lies and excuses' emanating from Mr Corbyn's office, and claimed it was in the grip of a 'class war'.
The extraordinary attack from a key player comes amid claims Mr Corbyn's allies have begun triggering succession plans after deciding they are 'past the high-water mark of Corbynism'.
Andrew Fisher (pictured), head of policy and the author of the party's last manifesto, is said to have walked out last Saturday
Meanwhile, the veteran left-winger is facing a stormy conference in Brighton as activists rail at his muddled stance on Brexit.
A poll has found the Tories have opened up a 15-point lead over Labour, and two-thirds of the public disapprove of his EU policy.
Mr Corbyn desperately scrambled to defuse the mounting crisis this morning, telling the BBC that rumours of his resignation were 'wishful thinking'.
He also played down Mr Fisher's bombshell resignation statement, saying the adviser had been 'distressed' at the time and had now agreed to stay on until the end of the year.