The Labour leader was branded a coward for appearing to scapegoat deputy leader Angela Rayner for the ballot-box drubbing.
Sir Keir tried to calm tensions by telling his tweaked shadow cabinet the dismal performance was “entirely on me”.
He told the meeting: “To be clear, I take responsibility. Nobody else. I lead the Labour Party and it is entirely on me.”
The Labour leader was forced to give Ms Rayner a raft of new responsibilities after a backlash when he sacked her as chairwoman and campaign coordinator at the weekend. She now has a new role shadowing Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove.
Sir Keir insisted yesterday that he had given Ms Rayner “a big new role, taking the fight to the Tories”. But the bungled sacking drew criticism from across the party.
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