JEREMY CORBYN has disappeared from public view following his party’s humiliating defeat in Thursday’s general election, with the Labour leader fading into the background while his colleagues tear each other apart in full view of the nation.
The Labour leader has hidden from the media glare and even his own staff since he led the party to their worst defeat since the 1930s. Other than speaking at his Islington count in the early hours of Friday morning, Mr Corbyn has failed to make a public appearance. On Friday he was pictured slipping out the back door of Islington town hall after conducting a pre-recorded interview with the BBC.
While Labour MPs descend into a blame game across the airwaves and in TV studios in the absence of party leadership, Mr Corbyn has only outputted one-sided defences of his campaign in a Sunday newspaper opinion piece and a video uploaded to his Twitter.
Mr Corbyn has taken to his keyboard as a bitter civil war over his replacement disintegrates Labour’s unity.
His last tweet said: “Our movement will continue to work for a more equal and just society, and a sustainable and peaceful world.
“I’ve spent my life campaigning for those goals, and will continue to do so.
“The politics of hope must prevail.”
In another tweet he added: “Our time will come.”
Another said: “Join the greatest force for progressive change our country has ever known.”
In a video uploaded alongside the tweet, Mr Corbyn said he was “proud” of the movement he had built over the past four years on his leadership.
It is understood Mr Corbyn is yet to apologies to staff in Labour HQ for his failure to win the general election.
One insider was reported to have said: “Three days later and Labour staff still haven’t heard a peep from Jeremy.
“Disgusting contempt for the people who did all the work.”
Despite Labour suffering its worst result since 1935 he stated in the Observer that he was “proud” the party had offered a message of “hope” in the election.
The Labour leader has refused to stand down in the immediate aftermath of the election defeat, instead promising to stay on while the party undergoes a “period of reflection”.
Even Mr Corbyn’s trade unionist ally Len McCluskey called on him to quit in “the near future”, saying his “metropolitan” worldview had alienated Labour’s northern working-class heartlands.
Mr Corbyn still insists that on many issues Labour had the right answers: “I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate.”
Suggesting that he believes his party would have won and he would have become prime minister if Brexit had not dominated, he added: “There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions.
“The question is how can we succeed in future where we didn’t this time?”
Mr Corbyn has put much of the blame for his election failure on the mainstream media for its criticism of Labour under his leadership and says the party must do more “to meet this billionaire-owned and influenced hostility head-on”.
It remains unclear exactly when the Labour leader will vacate the position he has held for the last four years or when he will next appear in public.