Jeremy Corbyn gets standing ovation and mocks Theresa May on return to Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn gets standing ovation and mocks Theresa May on return to Parliament

Parliament returned today (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The first sitting of the House of Commons since the general election took place today (June 13) - and it heaped more embarrassment on Theresa May.

When the Prime Minister - who had postponed talks with Democratic Unionist Party to attend - entered the chamber, Conservative MPs cheered and banged their legs, according to The Mirror.

However, Labour MPs gave Jeremy Corbyn a larger reaction with a standing ovation and applause as he entered. According to one witness, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, this caused May to laugh uneasily.

May showed she could poke fun at herself by congratulating John Bercow, who has been re-elected as Speaker of the House. She said: "At least someone got a landslide."

But Corbyn was quick to pile in with a joke of his own, saying his party can offer "strong and stable leadership in the national interest" if she can't strike a deal with the DUP - a reference to May's oft-repeated mantra during the election campaign.

He also said: "We look forward to this Parliament, however short it may be," according to The Independent.

The Prime Minister must reach a deal with the DUP or she may lose a vote on the Queen's Speech, which takes place next week.

Corbyn has said he is ready to put forward a programme of governance to oppose the Conservatives. However DUP leader Arlene Foster has tweeted: “Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion.”