Jeremy Corbyn receives standing ovation as he returns to House of Commons

Labour leader’s popularity surges after stronger-than-expected showing at election

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Jeremy Corbyn was given a standing ovation by Labour MPs as he returned to the House of Commons, having led his party to an unexpectedly strong showing in the general election.

It was the first parliamentary sitting since last week’s poll, which saw the Conservatives lose their Parliamentary majority and Labour surge in the polls.

Mr Corbyn grinned as he made his way to the front of the Opposition benches on Tuesday, to the sound of applause from his MPs.

One, Richard Burgon, claimed Prime Minister Theresa May had laughed “uneasily” at the ovation.

It was an unusual sight given Mr Corbyn’s previous problems uniting his party. He has faced a number of rebellions and even a no-confidence motion despite winning two leadership elections.

Since dawn on Friday revealed the extent of her misstep at the polls, Ms May has been forced into finding allies in the Commons in order to wield enough power to pass laws.

It has driven her into the arms of the conservative Christian DUP.

Their record on issues like climate change, same-sex marriage and abortion have let to criticism of the PM’s attempt to secure their support for key votes.

A former minister, Ed Vaizey, highlighted the danger of any DUP tie-up, saying: “I come from [the] liberal wing of the Conservative party.

“I’m not going to support any legislation that I would regard as socially illiberal, or taking this country backwards.”



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