A beaten Labour candidate for Portsmouth has said the general election result is ‘a disappointment’ for the party.
Sue Castillon, who lost out on the Portsmouth South seat to Tory Flick Drummond, said: ‘The result was a surprise and it is a disappointment.
‘Just like Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg it’s only right Ed Miliband did step down.
‘I think we need to look at the party as a whole, look at our weaknesses and look at what the electorate want again because it’s clear we got it wrong.
‘We overestimated the reaction we were getting from people on the doorstep.’
Ms Castillon also backed Andy Burnham to be the next Labour leader.
‘We now have a leadership battle,’ she said. ‘I personally would like to see Andy Burnham as the leader. He’s been very strong with the NHS and he connects well with people as he explains policies well.
‘I would like to see our shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna as the chancellor, I think that would work well.’