This Author Was Forced to Eat His Words, Literally

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

The Labour leader said he would continue to campaign in marginal seats across the United Kingdom while opposing Theresa May's government in Westminster.

A source said Mr Corbyn has also been making a number of phone calls in what is a highly unpredictable and uncertain political climate, with Mrs May sacking two key aides and sending her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast to open talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to reach a deal to prop up a Tory minority government.

Clive Efford, chair of the party's Tribune Group told The Guardian that Corbyn should stick with his shadow cabinet who remained loyal to him during the general election campaign.

Mr Corbyn was greeted with cheers and a long standing ovation as he arrived at the first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party since the Conservatives lost their Commons majority, in marked contrast to the hard meetings he had with his critics in the party prior to the election.

"We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week".

Theresa May has no mandate to govern, he suggested, and her administration is "on notice from voters".

"We are now a government in waiting and we must think and act at all times with that in mind", said Corbyn. "That is our responsibility to the huge numbers who voted for our manifesto last week".

Labour secured 262 MPs at the June 8 General Election, up from the 232 elected in 2015 while Ed Miliband was leader.

Other figures who appear to be interested in a role under Corbyn now are former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, a prominent MP on the party's centrist wing and Angela Eagle, who served as shadow first secretary of state under Corbyn before resigning from the role last summer in protest at his leadership.

  • Zachary Reyes