Labour is ready to offer “strong and stable leadership in the national interest” if Theresa May fails to form a “coalition of chaos” with the DUP, Jeremy Corbyn has vowed.
Gently mocking the Conservatives’ campaign slogan, the Labour leader, who received a standing ovation, said democracy was a “wondrous thing” that could yield “very unexpected results” at the first parliamentary sitting of the House of Commons since the general election.
In a series of digs aimed at the Prime Minister’s catastrophic underperformance in the polls, Mr Corbyn told the chamber: “We look forward to this Parliament, however short it may be.”
Mr Corbyn defied predictions by leading his party to an unexpectedly strong result in the polls, gaining 262 seats. However, the Conservatives lost their Parliamentary majority, forcing them to enter talks with the Northern Irish unionists about a deal to support their minority government.
Speaking ahead of Mr Corbyn, Ms May congratulated John Bercow on his reelection as Speaker of the House, saying: “At least someone got a landslide.”