After pulling out of the Andrew Marr Show, Jeremy Corbyn spent his first morning as leader of the Labour party at a mental health trust fundraising event in his constituency.
Corbyn, who emerged victorious from the leadership election on Saturday, attended a fun day held by Camden and Islington NHS Mental Health Trust.
Attended & spoke at Camden & Islington NHS Mental Health Trust's Fun Day -important annual community engagement event pic.twitter.com/sZO81K6yGT
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) September 13, 2015
Many people praised him for attending the event…
@jeremycorbyn great start let's tackle inadequate funding for MH services. Mental health stigma and discrimination
— Abdirashid (@Gulaid1) September 13, 2015
@jeremycorbyn Great, so proud you took the time to talk to real people and not let the media bully you into doing the TV interviews
— oxfordgirl (@oxfordgirl) September 13, 2015
@jeremycorbyn As someone who used the service when I lived in Islington, your attendance shows you are the right person for the Leadership.
— Paul Mitchell (@mrmitchell78) September 13, 2015
— Rev. Paul Farnhill (@RevPaulCA) September 13, 2015
@jeremycorbyn good on you mate - I am a mental health doctor at another trust. Thanks for supporting the cause.
— Tania Rahman (@taniarahmandr) September 13, 2015
While others criticised the move…
@jeremycorbyn as noble as that is, you're leader of the opposition for the whole UK, not just Islington
— Portcullis (@kottwitz) September 13, 2015
@jeremycorbyn if you want to put mental health issues on the agenda, why not go on national TV and talk about it?
— Patrick Hurley (@patrick_hurley) September 13, 2015
@jeremycorbyn putting locals ahead of country which is aspires to run - showing lack of judgment and absence of intellect on day 1 -
— houseofcommonswatch (@hocwatch) September 13, 2015
The Islington North MP had been due to be interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show but his new deputy leader Tom Watson appeared instead.
The Independent reported that Corbyn skipped the TV appearance to focus on putting his shadow cabinet together to "bring this government down,” according to John McDonnell, his campaign agent and fellow Labour MP.
Following his election win, Corbyn went straight from the results event to speak at a mass London demonstration in support of the millions fleeing violence in countries such as Syria.