On the first day back at parliament, Corbyn was absolutely on fire. May was not. [VIDEO]

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Ed Sykes

On the first day back at parliament after the 8 June election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was absolutely on fire. And while Conservative leader Theresa May struck a slightly different tone from the one which characterised her general election performance, it was Corbyn who appeared to enter the House of Commons with real momentum behind him.

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Corbyn told May that he looked forward to hearing the Queen’s speech “just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated”. He then appropriated the Conservatives’ main campaign phrase when saying:

I’ll just let the house and the rest of the nation know that, if that’s not possible, the Labour Party stands ready to offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest.

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The Labour leader was clearly riding a wave of good vibes after his party shocked pundits by making significant gains in the 8 June election.

Theresa May, on the other hand, offered the same old platitudes (including a pledge to “build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous future”). Precisely the kind that many people in Britain will be tired of hearing after seven years of Tory austerity and U-turns. She did, however, have just enough good humour to make a quip (albeit in a rather forced manner) when congratulating John Bercow on his re-appointment as Speaker of the House, saying:

At least someone got a landslide.

A buoyant Labour Party

Overall, though, it was Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party that entered parliament in a buoyant mood. So much so that Labour MPs welcomed Corbyn with a standing ovation:

A reception that one Corbyn supporter on Twitter mixed with the soundtrack which often greeted the Labour leader on the campaign trail:


The challenge now for Corbyn’s Labour is to make that momentum count.

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