Jeremy Corbyn’s first full day as Labour party leader began in unconventional style as he attended an event promoting an NHS mental health trust before starting work on the thorny task of appointing a shadow cabinet. The MP refused to be diverted from the long-planned mental health event in his Islington North constituency, saying it was important to keep up his local duties. Corbyn declined an invitation to appear on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, with his new deputy Tom Watson appearing on the BBC1 programme instead. “Attended and spoke at Camden & Islington NHS Mental Health Trust’s Fun Day – important annual community engagement event,” he said on Twitter along with pictures of him talking to locals at a small park in central London. He travelled by taxi to the event after leaving his north London home without any comment to waiting journalists. Corbyn told the small crowd at St Pancras Gardens that this was his first official engagement as Labour leader, “because I’m a local MP and support the work of the trust and all the volunteer groups and all the other groups that come together to build that community around mental health”. He said: “As… Read full this story
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