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Corbyn criticised for snubbing Armed Forces Day invite

By Staff Reporter

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received a hero's welcome at Glastonbury but he has been accused of snubbing a former soldier's invitation to join him to mark Armed Forces Day.

Ex-Army officer James Heappey, now Conservative MP for Wells, invited Mr Corbyn to a military parade at Burnham-on-Sea just 15 miles from the festival site in Somerset, but he failed to turn up.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said he was honouring a "long-standing commitment" to speak at Glastonbury where he appeared on the Pyramid stage to give a speech. But Mr Heappey told the Sunday Express that the 12.30pm seaside parade "would have given him enough time to get to Glastonbury for his 4.14pm appearance".

He accused Mr Corbyn of "putting politicking ahead of his responsibilities as the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition". Mr Corbyn, Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls, attended Glastonbury but it was the leader that got the hero's welcome.

There were chants, flags bearing Mr Corbyn's name, T-shirts featuring his face and a sand sculpture depicting him dressed in fox hunting garb, riding a fox through fields of wheat towards Prime Minister Theresa May.

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