Jess Phillips, 38, says she might consider running for the party leadership when Jeremy Corbyn, 70, resigns
- Said Corbyn should resign as chairman if Labor is not the largest party after the election
- Ms. Phillips, a critic from Mr. Corbyn, said she could then make an offer for the top job
- John McDonnell has said he and Corbyn will resign if Labor loses the election
- The 38-year-old said it was "not impossible" for Labor to become the biggest party
- But Birmingham MP Yardley, a Corbyn critic, said a majority is unlikely
Labor backbencher Jess Phillips said she might consider running for the party leadership when Jeremy Corbyn resigns.
The MP said Mr Corbyn should step down as party leader if Labor is not the largest party in the lower house after the next parliamentary elections.
Ms. Phillips, a critic from Mr. Corbyn, said she could then make an offer for the party's top job if she believes she can make a difference at this point.
Ms Phillips (pictured) said Mr Corbyn should step down as party leader if Labor is not the largest party in the lower house after the next parliamentary elections
It comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell said on Friday that he and Mr. Corbyn, 70, would resign if Labor loses the next election.
Birmingham Yardley's 38-year-old MP said it was "not impossible" for Labor to become the largest party at the next election, but a majority is unlikely.
She said, "I do not think anyone will win an election.
It's not impossible and everything could happen. I was able to see the numbers last time and a lot of people said to me, "See what happened last time."
"What happened last time was that the Labor Party did not win the election.
The Birmingham Yardley MP, a critic from Mr. Corbyn (pictured), said she could then apply for the party's top job if she believes she can make a difference at this point
"So it could be the biggest party, and even if I look at the polls and see that the Tories are on the rise, I can not see the numbers on which they'll fill the places they'll lose ,
"If it were a proportional representation, the Tories would be the biggest party, but our system is weird.
"So yes, the Labor Party could be the biggest party."
Ms. Phillips spoke at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about whether she could run for the top job: "Could do it, yes. The answer is, I really do not know. I had to see how the country was at that moment.
"What I do not want to be is just a personality in politics. We went too far in this rabbit hole.
"If I can stand it, not only does people have to trust me, people trust me, it's not just that people feel connected to it. That's not enough, it must be about having a real future plan for our country.
"At that time, I would judge if I was the best for the future of the country."
It comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell (pictured) said on Friday that he and Mr. Corbyn would resign if Labor loses the next election
She added with a laugh, "That's a big question from someone, but I'm incredibly arrogant.
My husband is dead against it. He is not a member of the Labor Party, but he has a union vote.
"He would vote for me in an election, but I'm not sure he voted for Labor at the last election."
Ms. Phillips said Labor MEPs should always vote for and stand up for her own party, but called for a tactical vote to get Boris Johnson out of Uxbridge.
She claimed that the prime minister was leading a government that deliberately stoked divisions.
"There has always been aggression and violence against MPs, that's not very new," she said.
"The novelty is that people's political careers are currently targeting people who hate politicians, and that this is being intensified for their own purposes, and I think that was not the case before."
"It pays Boris Johnson's bills if people hate me, what a shit.
"Part of the risk can not be avoided. It's just constant and you can never say what's real or not, and there's fear in that mess.
"That's essentially psychological warfare."