Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will definitely lead Labour into the next General Election in 2020.
But the 67-year-old had to be asked twice by a Sky News reporter before he made it clear he would still be in charge.
‘I’m carrying on as leader because I’m determined that we will deliver social justice in this country,’ he initially said after being asked about 2020.
‘We will end the misery of people sleeping on our streets and children growing up in disgusting and disgraceful poverty, and growing levels of inequality by a Tory government that frankly doesn’t care.’
When asked to clarify what he had said, the Islington North MP became irritated and added: ‘I have given you a very, very clear answer, yes.’
He had issued a rallying cry at the Scottish Labour Party conference in Perth, following the embarrassing defeat to the Tories in the by-election in Copeland.
‘But to win that fight we need to remain united. United in our belief in our movement. United in our commitment to once again make our society fairer, better and more just,’ he said.
‘That’s why Labour believes that together we’re stronger. Unity is still our strength.
‘The scale of how hard our task is to persuade people of our message was underlined just this week in Copeland.
‘Whilst we stood up to hatred and division in Stoke, I cannot lie and say the result in Copeland was what we wanted.
‘But now is not the time to retreat, to run away or to give up.’