Jeremy Corbyn’s wife accused the media of “vilifying” the Labor leader and said he was “attacked by his own party” during his tenure.
In a rare public intervention, Laura Alvarez also told The Mirror that the NHS would have been better prepared for the coronavirus if Mr. Corbyn had been PM.
Corbyn retires after nearly five years at the helm of the Labor party, his successor being revealed on Saturday.
He told his supporters that it was “the honor of my life” to lead the party.
In an email to members and activists, he said he was sorry he had not returned the ruling party, but suggested that the Labor Party, under his leadership, had “changed the agenda on the ‘austerity and the way the economy is run’.
Ms. Alvarez, a Mexican human rights lawyer who has been married to Mr. Corbyn for seven years, has largely avoided public comment since her election to the Labor Party in 2015.
But in her Mirror article, she said, “It was extremely difficult for me to watch my vilified husband and hear his distorted words by his political opponents and some in the media.
“It was even more difficult to see him attacked by his own party.
“The brutal irony is that if we had gathered we would have been ready to rule the country rather than suffer more austerity under the Tories. “
Alvarez said she was “proud” of her husband and urged his successor “to keep in mind” the leftist policies he had promoted.
And she argued that the NHS would have been better prepared for the coronavirus pandemic if Mr. Corbyn had been Prime Minister.
“Change of direction”
Corbyn’s successor will be announced on Saturday, along with a new deputy chief. Ghost Chancellor John McDonnell said he expected the new chief to be Sir Keir Starmer.
McDonnell, who also resigned, supported Sir Keir’s rival Rebecca Long-Bailey for management.
But he told Sky News that he hoped Sir Keir would appoint Ms. Long-Bailey and her competing leadership contestant Lisa Nandy to his team, and said that Labor was now an “incredibly united party”.
In his farewell message to the party, Corbyn said he thought his successor could win power but only if he continued the fight for “social justice, equality and respect for the environment” .
Speaking for his own future, he added, “I can assure you that my voice will not be quieted. I will be out there campaigning for socialism, peace and justice, and I am sure we will do it together. “
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A special conference scheduled to announce the results has been canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic. Instead, the three candidates were asked to videotape victory speeches in advance.
Lisa Nandy said the three-month competition signaled a “change of direction” to a more united party after a number of years of division.
The member for Wigan focused her campaign on winning back voters in what were traditional work areas in the North and Midlands before the last election – known as the party’s “red wall”.
She told BBC Radio 4 Today that her two competitors would be able to get these votes as a leader if they had “the will to do it” and make it a “top priority”.
Nandy said all of the candidates “relentlessly focused on the audience” and “left the Leave / Remain divisions behind, [bringing] deputies from across the party. “
Ghost Education Secretary Angela Rayner is seen as the first in the assistant leadership competition.
She competes with Equal Opportunity Minister Dawn Butler, Scottish Labor MP Ian Murray, MP Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan and Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon.
The winner will succeed Tom Watson, who resigned in December.