Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Theresa May’s humiliating election result with a series of gags aimed at the under-fire PM during his first speech in the Commons.
The Labour leader, seemingly in his element after last Thursday’s general election, fired a number of zingers at the Prime Minister – most notably welcoming the possibility of a new “Coalition of Chaos” between the Tories and the DUP.
Mrs May could be seen grimacing through a forced smile has she sat through the jokes (see picture above).
He said: “I’m sure she’ll agree that democracy is a wondrous thing and can throw up some unexpected results and I’m sure we can all look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Speech – just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated.”
Mr Corbyn, who was also given a standing ovation by Labour MPs, added: “If that’s not possible the Labour Party stands ready to offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest.”
Corbyn wearing ???? the size of a gorilla fist – ‘If the coalition of chaos needs it we’ll offer strong stable support’ pic.twitter.com/kJPgARQoM8
— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) June 13, 2017
Referencing Mrs May’s refusal to take part in pre-election debates, he went on: “I hope we can have that real debate in the future – whenever those benches opposite might be in a position to take party in those debates.”
And over the prospect of a second election this year: “We look forward to this parliament, however short it might be, so that we can be the voice for change in our society.”
Earlier, Mrs May was also making jokes – at her own expense – at the election result.
Speaking at the re-election of John Bercow as Speaker by MPs, the Prime Minister said: “At least someone got a landslide.”
Mrs May is desperately scrabbling to secure a deal with the DUP to enable her to form a minority Conservative Government.
Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, has said a deal could be completed “soon” and that discussions with the Prime Minister were “going well”.
She said she hoped for a “successful conclusion”.
But on Tuesday, Sir John Major became the latest senior figure to say he was concerned about the impact the deal could have on the Northern Ireland peace process.
The former prime minister, who began work engaging with the IRA to end the Northern Ireland conflict, said the peace process was still “fragile” and cautioned the pact could mean the Government will no longer be seen as impartial.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One Programme: “People regard the peace process which was very hard earned over very many years by a lot of people, people shouldn’t regard it as a given, it isn’t certain, it is under stress, it is fragile.
“Although I don’t expect it suddenly to collapse, because there’s a broad consensus that wishes it to continue, I think we have to take care with it and take care that everything we do does not exaggerate the underlying differences that still are there in the Northern Ireland community.”
He said he was “concerned” about the deal between the two parties, and saying he was “wary” and “dubious” about it “both for peace process reasons but also for others reasons as well”.
Over the weekend, Mrs May was warned by former Chancellor George Osborne she was a “dead woman walking“.
The former Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward also described the PM’s actions as “morally reprehensible”.
Mr Corbyn is expected to make a short speech should Buckingham MP John Bercow be returned to the role.
Labour secured 262 MPs at the June 8 General Election, up from the 232 elected in 2015 while Ed Miliband was leader.
The Conservatives remain the largest party but Mr Corbyn’s party are feeling buoyant after their vote share soared.