Two hundred Labour MPs could form to a separate breakaway party if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership challenge, Mary Honeyball, a Labour MEP, said on Wednesday.
Former shadow business secretary Ms Eagle is tipped to run against him, with Labour MP Mike Gapes saying Mr Corbyn’s camp should “fear her” because she is “principled, competent and honest”.
The statement said: “Jeremy Corbyn was democratically elected as leader of the Labour Party with nearly 60% of members supporting him”.
I’m somone who cares deeply anpout this country, deeply about my party, deeply about the causes I think Jeremy and I care about. And I would say: “for heaven’s sake man, go!”.
The pressure however remained unrelenting, with Mr Cameron using Prime Minister’s Questions to denounce Mr Corbyn’s lacklustre campaigning for Remain in the European Union referendum and calling on him to go.
Labour members and supporters elected Corbyn in September 2015 with a huge mandate of 59.5%, but his support inside the parliamentary party has always been more fragile. “It’s probably the worst crisis since Labour’s formation”, he told Sky News.
Jeremy Corbyn has admitted facing a “torrid few days” but defiantly insisted his mandate was stronger than the vote for the candidate who will become the next prime minister.
Speaking to BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Watson said he had met Mr Corbyn to try to find a solution.
Cameron said that it helped the Tories for Corbyn to hang on but that “it’s not in the national interest”.
The Islington North MP has so far doggedly refused to let go of the leadership, despite widespread opposition.
The mass resignations were followed by a non-binding vote of confidence in which Corbyn was resoundingly defeated, with 172 Labour MPs telling him to resign.
Mr Miliband said the situation was “unsustainable” and that he would have resigned if he had found himself in Mr Corbyn’s position.
“It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people, which were ironically highlighted as such in Ms Chakrabarti’s report, while the leader of my own party stood by and did absolutely nothing”.
Some MPs suggested Mr Corbyn was willing to quit but was being kept in place by allies and advisers on the left of the party.
The Public and Commercial Services union, the biggest civil service union, also backed Corbyn in the face of what it called “clearly a choreographed and undemocratic attempt to unseat him”.