Clive Betts was re-elected last night but suffered a huge blow to his majority as Labour fell to their worst result in South East Sheffield since 1931.

Mr Betts clung onto his seat with 19,359 votes but Conservative Marc Bayliss ran him close with 15,070 votes, meaning his majority has reduced from 11,798 to just 4,289 in what has historically been a Labour stronghold.

Kirk Kus of the Brexit Party was third with 4,478 votes, Rajin Chowdhury fourth for the Lib Dems on 2,125 votes and Alex Martin last on 966 votes for Yorkshire Party.

Nationally, the picture was similar with Labour losing 59 seats including many Brexit-supporting Labour heartlands.

Sheffield South East, in the referendum, voted 66% to leave and Mr Betts felt their message on Brexit played a major part in the result.

He added the defeat was “crushing” for Labour and said the message he heard on the doorstep was that traditional voters could not bring themselves to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

He said: “Many of these areas that voted leave thought that Labour wasn’t honouring the result of the referendum – we heard that over and over again.

“When we had conversations about the difficulty of getting a deal that protected jobs, or problems with the Irish border – people just said: ‘well get on with it, you know, that’s what you’re there for’.

Mr Betts admitted it had been a disastrous campaign for Labour and accepted Jeremy Corbyn’s time as Labour leader was up.

“It has been hard work with the time of year and we’ve struggled, we have to accept that. I’m not going to pretend it’s been a good election for Labour, clearly it hasn’t and it’s one that fills me with great concern.

“If we are five years away from another General Election, Jeremy’s not going to be leader in five years’ time.”

Mr Corbyn announced he would be standing down as party leader.

Mr Bayliss, of the Conservatives, said: “I hope Labour recognise you have to be in the mainstream to actually be competitive. This dreamland they have been in for the last four years under Corbyn has got to come to an end.

“It might be really popular in their rallies, but it’s desperately unpopular amongst the ordinary people of this country.”