Defiant Jeremy Corbyn says he's 'proud' of Labour's disastrous election campaign

Jeremy Corbyn has doubled down on his support for Labour's wildly left-wing policies despite the party's spectacular election defeat.

The outgoing opposition leader grudgingly shouldered personal responsibility for the catastrophic collapse in votes, but used two newspaper columns to pin the blame on Brexit and the media.     

Labour suffered its worst performance at the polls since 1935 after Boris Johnson reduced the party's Red Wall of traditionally northern strongholds to rubble.

While accepting the result was 'desperately disappointing', Mr Corbyn said he was 'proud' of the radical anti-rich and spending spree platform he stood on during the campaign.

Insisting his tax-hiking government blueprint was popular, he wrote in the Observer: 'I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate.

'But I regret that we did not succeed in converting that into a parliamentary majority for change. 

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at his home yesterday) has doubled down on his support for Labour's wildly left-wing policies despite the party's spectacular election defeat

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at his home yesterday) has doubled down on his support for Labour's wildly left-wing policies despite the party's spectacular election defeat

The outgoing opposition leader (pictured leaving Labour HQ after the defeat) grudgingly shouldered personal responsibility for the catastrophic collapse in votes, but used two newspaper columns to pin the blame on Brexit and the media

The outgoing opposition leader (pictured leaving Labour HQ after the defeat) grudgingly shouldered personal responsibility for the catastrophic collapse in votes, but used two newspaper columns to pin the blame on Brexit and the media

He tonight said he was 'proud' of the radical anti-rich and spending spree platform he stood on during the campaign

He tonight said he was 'proud' of the radical anti-rich and spending spree platform he stood on during the campaign

'There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions.'

The Conservatives stormed to an emphatic 80-seat majority after mopping up the votes of Leavers who deserted Labour after advocating a second referendum.

Mr Johnson's clear and simple pitch to 'get Brexit done' resonated with large swathes of the electorate, yet Mr Corbyn resented the dominance of Brexit in the campaign and took aim at the media for bumping it up the agenda.

In the Sunday Mirror, he wrote: 'Despite our best efforts, this election was ultimately about Brexit. 

'The Tory campaign, amplified by most of the media, managed to persuade many that only Boris Johnson could 'get Brexit done'.

'That will soon be exposed for the falsehood it is, but in this election it overpowered our attempt to reach across the divide and bring our country together.'

However he did acknowledge that he had paid a hefty price for vowing to stay neutral on Brexit by 'straddling that divide or re-run the referendum.'

Labour only took one seat from the Conservatives at the election - the strong Remain-backing London seat of Putney.

UK election result 2017

UK election result 2019, when Labour's 'red wall' of traditional strongholds in the northern heartlands crumbled

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