Labour's Andy Burnham pleads for an end to party’s civil war after election humiliation

LABOUR big beast Andy Burnham pleaded for an end to his party’s civil war after 48 hours of blood-letting.

The “King of the North” acted after knifing Sir Keir Starmer by suggesting he will have a tilt at the leadership in the future.

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It came as former leaders warned the party will not win again if it returns to a Corbynista agenda.

Re-elected Greater Manchester Mayor Mr Burnham is tipped to be the next Labour leader.

But, playing peacenik after poor local election results, he said: “Labour needs to move on from the Left and the Right conducting this civil war within, focus on delivery now and making change happen and ­celebrating Labour in power.”

Sir Keir must “pick up what the public are saying” and change, he added.

But moderates and lefties continued to be at each other’s throats.

David Miliband said: “Jeremy Corbyn telling us how to win today put me right off my cornflakes.

"He delivered the best result since 1935 — for the Tories.”

Gordon Brown also piled in, warning Labour “has got to change” and cannot go back to the “same policies as 2019”.

Meanwhile, Labour is braced for another Hartlepool-style defeat after its MP for Batley and Spen quit yesterday, creating a by-election.

Tracy Brabin is standing down after becoming West Yorkshire Mayor.

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