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Tinker Tailor Soldier Tory: Jeremy Corbyn's aide angry over mole in Labour ranks

Published 01/06/2016

Jeremy Corbyn claims the BBC is 'obsessed' with trying to damage the leadership of the Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn claims the BBC is 'obsessed' with trying to damage the leadership of the Labour Party

A mole at the heart of Jeremy Corbyn's team is regularly leaking information to the Conservatives, the Labour leader's closest adviser has claimed.

In a fly-on-the-wall documentary, another aide suggests the "best" way to get rid of Mr Corbyn would be to "let Jeremy fail on his own".

The Opposition leader is shown accusing the BBC of being "obsessed with trying to damage" his leadership and furiously attacking Britain's "facile" media in the film.

Vice News captured Mr Corbyn and his team over a number of weeks as he attempted to steer the party through an anti-Semitism crisis and local elections night.

The Labour leader hit out at Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland after he wrote an article on anti-Semitism within the party.

Talking by telephone to aide Seumas Milne, he said: "Utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness. He's not a good guy at all but he seems kind of obsessed with me, you know?"

Mr Corbyn rounded on the media for shaping a debate that is " baseless and narrow".

"The one thing I have learned over the past six months or so is how shallow, facile and ill-informed many of the supposedly well-informed commentators are in our media," he said.

Mr Milne, head of communications and strategy, said information was being leaked to the Tories following weekly preparatory meetings for PMQs.

Speaking after one of the weekly parliamentary encounters between Mr Corbyn and David Cameron, he said: "This time they did (know the questions) because it leaked. It leaked from that meeting.

"It's very annoying because it only happens about a third of the time, but it obviously gives them a little bit of extra time.

"Whenever there is a leak it gives them that advantage - it gives them the advantage on TV as well."

Mr Corbyn was criticised for failing to use a Commons appearance in the days after Iain Duncan Smith quit as work and pensions secretary to land blows on the Prime Minister about the shock move.

Shown during a session preparing for the encounter, he cuts out passages from his speech, telling the team : "It's not up to me to throw in other than a couple of lines about the Government's in a mess."

Gavin Sibthorpe, an events officer, told of his struggles to ensure Mr Corbyn looks smartly turned out.

He said: "I've tried. It's hard."

Asked about potential leadership challenges, he said: "If they want to get rid of him, the best thing to do would be wait and let Jeremy fail on his own.

"I don't think he will, but fail on his own, in his own time."

Mr Corbyn's wife, Laura Alvarez, told Vice News her husband is " not very good at housework but he's a good politician".

"Jeremy stand very strong," she added.

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