Corbyn has since responded to the electoral disaster in his latest column for The Guardian where he admitted the party “suffered a heavy defeat” but added the election was “mainly about Brexit”.
The politician wrote: “On Thursday, on a desperately disappointing night, we fell back eight points.
“I have called for a period of reflection in the party, and there is no shortage of things to consider. I don’t believe these two contrasting election results can be understood in isolation.
He added: “The last few years have seen a series of political upheavals: the Scottish independence campaign, Labour’s transformation, Brexit, the Labour electoral surge, and now Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit Done’ victory. None of that is a coincidence.”
Jeremy continued: “The gap between the richest and the rest has widened – I saw that most clearly in the former industrial areas of England and Wales where the wilful destruction of jobs and communities over 40 years has taken a heavy toll. It is no wonder that these areas provided the strongest backlash in the 2016 referendum and, regrettably for Labour, in the general election on Thursday.”