Laura Pidcock has broken her silence on losing her seat in Parliament with an open letter to her former constituents, a week on from the shock result.
The former North West Durham MP became one of the election's most high profile casualties as she went from having a majority of 9,000 to having her seat snatched by Conservative candidate Richard Holden.
Ms Pidcock, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn remained straight faced as the result was read out - and has stayed silent on her social media accounts since the election.
But on Wednesday she broke her silence with an open letter to the people she used to represent.
The former shadow cabinet member spoke of the open hostility to the Labour leader on the doorstep, saying some people told her they "wanted to shoot" him, after saying he was a "good guy" in 2017.
Ms Pidcock also apologised for letting down the people who begged her to "get rid of this government", defended Mr Corbyn against media coverage which "sought to demolish [him] from day one", and said she had repeatedly argued inside the party that the result of the ETU referendum should be respected.
She wrote: "On Jeremy. This bit is hard, because when I knocked on your doors in 2017, so many of you talked about what a good guy he seemed, that he was on the side of the people and that he was getting a very hard time from people inside the Labour Party and out.
"People who were less friendly to Labour spoke about how damaging a divided party is, about things like the IRA and the connections internationally that you didn't understand or agree with.
"By 2019, you seemed so much angrier about Jeremy Corbyn.
"I had a handful of angry people say 'I would shoot him' or 'take a gun to his head', whilst in the next breath calling him an extremist.
"But, mostly people were not connecting with him for lots of different reasons."
Ms Pidcock attacked media coverage of the Labour leader.
She said: "I know people on either side of the Brexit division wanted him to come down on the side of Remain or Leave.
"I don't want to patronise anyone by saying that this was all the fault of the media.
"I know people make up their own minds. But I cannot and will not accept that the media had no part.
"So much of the coverage sought to demolish Jeremy from day one, not because of him as a person, but because of his politics."
Ms Pidcock described Brexit as "a divide so deep, never to be healed" and spoke of her frustration that "so often, no other issue could be discussed, that doors would close".
She said: "In North West Durham, you voted by a majority to Leave, as did the nation. I repeatedly argued, inside my party, that we should respect the result of the referendum and avoid a second one. Of course, when you are in the Shadow Cabinet, you are bound by collective responsibility and I respected that.
"We are leaving the EU now, on the hardest of terms. We will be moving to free trade agreements. Leaving the EU did not scare me, but this exit does. Irrespective of what I think, it is happening. I warned of the strength of feeling. I listened to you in North West Durham. But it was not enough for those Labour voting people who really wanted to Leave and sniffed a sense of betrayal."
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Ms Pidcock, who was born in North Shields, was a well known Labour party campaigner before being elected an MP, and had often shared a political platform with the likes of leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on their visits to the region.
Before the election, there had been speculation that she was being groomed to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, and she was the shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights in Labour’s front bench team.
As she thanked the people who had voted for her in 2017 and 2019, she wrote: "If you go to Westminster and fit in, it is a relatively easy job. "However, if you are there to take on the establishment, there is another whole layer of pressure and it can be all consuming. At every turn you have to be precise in your language and behaviour, because if you are not, there are thousands of people ready to point it out.
"I never stopped being a working-class person just because I became an MP. In or out of Parliament, I hate what the system does to our communities.
"I will never stop believing that another world is possible, or that North West Durham can thrive."