Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Corbyn admits half of Labour MPs hope he is on his last legs

Published 11/06/2016

Jeremy Corbyn arrived by Bentley wearing a tuxedo and full length fake fur coat for his appearance on The Last Leg (Open Mike Productions/PA)
Jeremy Corbyn arrived by Bentley wearing a tuxedo and full length fake fur coat for his appearance on The Last Leg (Open Mike Productions/PA)

Jeremy Corbyn said half of Labour MPs would relish seeing him fail as he made an unlikely appearance on a comedy show.

The Opposition leader was roundly ribbed as he ran the gauntlet of anarchic Channel 4 chat show The Last Leg.

He suggested Donald Trump was almost as un-presidential as a faeces-flinging monkey and insisted his reputation for being dull belied a hidden sense of humour.

In a dramatic shift from his beloved bicycle, the usually no-frills left-winger was portrayed pulling up at the studio in a white Bentley and what appeared to be a fake fur coat draped over his shoulders.

Grilled by host Adam Hills, he was asked how many of his own MPs " are watching right now hoping you'll cock it up".

"About half," he shot back - after months of rumblings in the ranks over his leadership.

Mr Corbyn dodged several quirky questions such as whether he would prefer "arms for legs or legs for arms" - quipping that Hills was "not even prepared to compromise" when he sought other options.

He also declined to be drawn on whether he would be prepared to accept a Trump presidency as a condition of getting into Number 10, insisting "that's not how it works".

But asked to say how "presidential" he found the presumptive Republican nominee on a scale of one to 10 - from "leader of the free world" to "monkey flinging his own faeces around the cage" - he shot back "around seven to nine" to gasps from the audience.

"I've got to hide it," he said of his sense of humour - citing Fawlty Towers and Jeremy Hardy - "who's a friend of mine but he starts making jokes at my expense which is embarrassing" - as his favourites.

He was grilled on an alleged snub by Tony Blair at a service for the Queen's 90th birthday, where the former Labour leader and arch critic of Mr Corbyn, was said to have passed him without a greeting.

Asked if he thought it had been deliberate, he said: "No handshake was offered by either party."

Pressed on whether he would have accepted a proffered hand, he added: " He wasn't going to offer so it's a hypothetical question."

Mr Corbyn told the programme that TV game show host Noel Edmonds was "in danger of giving people illusions of an instant cure to what is a dreadful situation" after his comments about cancer.

Experts have said that Edmonds' suggestion that a cancer sufferer's ill-health was caused by "negative energy" was "claptrap".

The Deal Or No Deal star has come under fire after claiming that an electromagnetic pulse machine "tackles cancer".

Shown a video apparently showing him blanking David Cameron as the pair walked together at the state opening of Parliament, Mr Corbyn said he "didn't want to get involved in conversation so I looked elsewhere".

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph