Where's Jeremy Corbyn? Labour leader scrapped from his own election leaflets

Some of Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest allies are seemingly distancing themselves from his unpopularity by not making any mention of him on their General Election leaflets.

The Labour leader’s absence from campaign literature comes on the day he officially launched his election pitch by insisting that Brexit has been “settled” – and that he WON’T quit if he loses in June.

Local election candidates blamed an unpopular Mr Corbyn for heavy losses for Labour in last week’s council elections, revealing how voters described him as “radioactive”.

Corbyn ally Richard Burgon is one of several MP's keeping the leader off campaign leaflets (Rex)
Corbyn ally Richard Burgon is one of several MP’s keeping the leader off campaign leaflets (Rex)

Now key allies – including shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, shadow secretary of state for international trade Barry Gardiner and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer – have made no reference to him on their leaflets.

Mr Burgon, who nominated Mr Corbyn in the 2015 Labour leadership election, instead posed with shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is tipped to be a future leader of the party.

However, she may have a long wait to stand a chance of replacing Mr Corbyn as he has revealed that he will not be quitting even if Labour loses the election.

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He told Buzzfeed News: “I was elected leader of this party and I’ll stay leader of this party.”

With the polls suggesting the Conservatives are on course for a commanding victory, Mr Corbyn has been blamed by many Labour MPs for making the party unelectable.

However, he is thought to be under pressure from some on the left to carry on, regardless of the result, so that they do not lose control of the party.

Jeremy Corbyn insists he will stay on as leader even if Labour lose the election (Rex)
Jeremy Corbyn insists he will stay on as leader even if Labour lose the election (Rex)

Andrew Percy, the Northern Powerhouse Minister, told The Telegraph: “Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies are trying to take voters for fools by airbrushing their nonsensical and embarrassing leader out of election leaflets – but voters won’t fall for it.”

Mr Corbyn put the focus back onto Brexit today after being accused of avoiding the issue so far.

He said: “This election isn’t about Brexit itself. That issue has been settled.

“The question now is what sort of Brexit do we want – and what sort of country do we want Britain to be after Brexit?”

Theresa May, meanwhile, is focusing on Conservative plans to cap “rip off” gas and electricity prices.

The Prime Minister said capping poor value standard variable tariffs (SVTs) would save 17 million families up to £100 a year.