Jeremy Corbyn has issued an apology following Labour's General Election disaster.
The Conservatives more than doubled their number of seats in Greater Manchester as they swept to victory.
Leigh, Bolton North East, Bury North, Bury South and Heywood and Middleton all turned blue during a crushing night for Labour.
Mr Corbyn vowed to listen to voters who abandoned the party in a letter published by the Sunday Mirror.
He wrote: "We will learn the lessons of this defeat, above all by listening to lifelong Labour voters who we’ve lost in working class communities. This party exists to represent them. We will earn their trust back."
Mr Corbyn had previously stopped short of taking blame for the party's hammering.
He added: “I will make no bones about it.
"The result was a bloody blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country.
"I’m sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it.
“I’m proud that our message was one of hope, rather than fear.”
More than 50 seats were lost by the Labour party after one of the worst defeats in the polls since 1935.
Among those who will not be returning to their seats include Don Valley’s Caroline Flint, Wakefield’s Mary Creagh, Bolsover’s Dennis Skinner, Delyn’s David Hanson, Keighley’s John Grogan and Gedling’s Vernon Coaker.
John McDonnell yesterday confirmed he will quit as Shadow Chancellor.
Dear Sunday Mirror readers,
I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country.
To every single person who voted for the Labour Party – everyone who shared the hope that Britain could be a fairer country that works for the many, not the few – I say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
And to the Sunday Mirror and its readers, your support has been such a source of strength. I wanted to unite the country that I love but I’m sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it.
I remain proud of the campaign we fought. I’m proud that no matter how low our opponents went, we refused to join them in the gutter. And I’m proud that our message was one of hope, rather than fear.
Millions of people saw in our manifesto a better future for themselves and their communities. Our policies to protect the NHS, end austerity, invest in every part of our country and tackle inequality, were popular with voters who saw through a ferocious smear and fear campaign against us.
But despite our best efforts, this election was ultimately about Brexit. The Tory campaign, amplified by most of the media, managed to persuade many that only Boris Johnson could “get Brexit done.”
That will soon be exposed for the falsehood it is, but in this election it overpowered our attempt to reach across the divide and bring our country together
We will learn the lessons of this defeat, above all by listening to those lifelong Labour voters who we’ve lost in working class communities. This party exists to represent them. We will earn their trust back.
Make no mistake: Labour is the greatest force for progressive change this country has ever known, and although this wasn’t our moment, our time will come again under new leadership. We will never give up on the commitment and determination to build a fairer and more decent society.