Jeremy Corbyn Says It’s Not ‘Inevitable’ He Would Quit After A General Election Defeat

“I’m very happy to be doing that. I’ve travelling the whole of the UK but we are also doing it in a slightly different way to last year. We are visiting a lot of places we didn’t go to last year because there wasn’t time, it was a shorter campaign.

“We are also using it to campaign more openly and more publicly on how we bring back in communities that have been left behind by the Tories. And the crowds are even bigger than last year.”

Some Corbyn supporters believe that even if the party suffers an election defeat, party members will blame MPs for the disunity that deters voters, as well as the media.

Asked if he was prepared to step down if the polls didn’t move and Labour continued to lose seats in council elections, Corbyn told HuffPost: “The party members control what happens. They will decide, one way or another.

“You talked about polls, that’s fair enough. Yesterday there were a number of [council] by-elections. Labour gained in Newcastle-under-Lyme with a 19% swing to Labour, we lost one in Nottinghamshire narrowly to UKIP, gained the other from UKIP, big swing to Labour in a by-election in Brighton yesterday, on a pretty substantial turnout for a local election.