Jeremy Corbyn gets a standing ovation as he returns to the House of Commons


LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation from his Labour Party colleagues when he entered the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since the general election.

Corbyn – whose Labour Party on Thursday night defied the polls and all expectations to win 30 seats and force a hung parliament as a result – was welcomed to Parliament by the applause and cheers of Labour MPs.

Jeremy Corbyn gets standingovation as he comes into Commons for first time since the 13,2017

Many Labour MPs feared Corbyn was leading Labour to electoral oblivion when Prime Minister Theresa May called an early general election in April. Opinion polls conducted in the weeks leading up to the election gave the Tories leads of up to 20% over Corbyn’s Labour, while May’s personal approval ratings were streets ahead of Corbyn’s.

However, Labour won 40% of the national vote, and made enough gains to rob May of a parliamentary majority.

Numerous Labour MPs who in the past criticised Corbyn have since admitted underestimating the Islington North MP’s leadership. “He’s confounded those expectations,” Labour MP and the party’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday morning.

“Just as, if we’d have lost seats under his leadership, he would have had to take responsibility, we’ve gained seats under his leadership, and he can take the credit for that.”