I did all I could to prevent Brexit, Corbyn tells heckler

Some Labour MPs have criticised the leader for what they perceive to have been a lacklustre performance during the referendum campaign. Picture: PA

Some Labour MPs have criticised the leader for what they perceive to have been a lacklustre performance during the referendum campaign. Picture: PA

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JEREMY Corbyn insisted he did all he could to prevent Britain leaving the European Union as he was heckled by a Labour activist in London.

Shortly after vowing to fight any challenges to his leadership, Mr Corbyn was met by angry party member Tom Mauchline, who shouted: “It’s your fault, Jeremy. When are you resigning? You need to resign.”

In the video, which was posted to Twitter, Mr Corbyn can initially be seen smiling, before replying: “I did all I could.”

During the exchange on the fringes of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride parade in the centre of the capital, Mr Mauchline can also be heard saying: “I had a Polish friend in tears because you couldn’t get out the vote in Wales, the North and the Midlands.”

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He later told the Press Association: “I didn’t come here intending to do this. I didn’t know he was going to be there. We were given 15 minutes’ notice that he was coming and it made me so angry. It just seemed like a cynical attempt to use the LGBT community to shore up his weak leadership.”

Mr Corbyn faces a vote of no confidence next week after a proposal submitted by former minister Dame Margaret Hodge.

Some Labour MPs have criticised the leader for what they perceive to have been a lacklustre performance during the referendum campaign.

Asked after a speech earlier this morning whether he would stand should a leadership contest be triggered, Mr Corbyn responded: “Yes, I’m here, thank you.”

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