Corbyn accuses the 'failing media' of being 'utterly obsessed' with his leadership

Tom Peck

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the media of being "utterly obsessed" with his leadership during angry exchanges in which it was suggested he should stand aside as leader.

He was speaking at the launch of Labour's launch for next month's local council elections, where he told ITV News it was failing to report on the work the party was doing on health and education, and instead obsessed over the leadership.

Speaking of his leadership, Mr Corbyn said: "You're obsessed with this question, utterly obsessed with it.

"We have a strong opposition in this country if you bothered to report what we were doing.

"If you bothered to report what Jon Ashworth [shadow health secretary] is doing on the health service, if you bothered to report what Angela Rayner [shadow education secretary] is doing and saying on schools, if you bothered to report what the Labour Party is actually saying.

"It's your responsibility to make sure the opposition voice is heard as well as the government's voice. It's your failings."​

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