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Jeremy Corbyn enjoys kickabout as politics takes a backseat

Giles Coren spotted the Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn was pictured joining a children’s football training session in Islington as one of his MPs said Labour missed an “open goal” to beat Theresa May and the Tories in the General Election.

The Labour leader, who has insisted the Conservatives lost the election despite being the largest party, was photographed by Times columnist Giles Coren at the football practice in sunny north London as the Prime Minister grappled with the fallout of losing her majority.

A source said Mr Corbyn has also been making a number of phone calls in what is a highly unpredictable and uncertain political climate, with Mrs May sacking two key aides and sending her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast to open talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to reach a deal to prop up a Tory minority government.

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn’s supporters at bloodying Mrs May’ s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a “famous victory”.

The former shadow chancellor labelled it an “OK result” after Mr Corbyn’s party secured a higher-than-expected 262 seats and significantly boosted its vote share.

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