Revealed: How Jeremy Corbyn ‘snubbed the Queen’ with bizarre no-show
Mr Corbyn has been the controversial leader of the Labour Party since his surprise landslide victory in 2015, with many opponents accusing him of being too left-wing. Shortly after his election four years ago, he was accused of not supporting the Royal Family when he was filmed not singing God Save the Queen. He stood with his hands together during a battle of Britain event while others sang the National Anthem. Most recently, he was questioned again over his loyalty to the Royal Family.
Mr Corbyn was asked by ITV’s programme Tonight if he and his family watched the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day and he responded: “Its on in the morning, usually we have it on.. some of the time.”
However interviewer Julie Etchingham said the speech is usually aired at 3pm.
Mr Corbyn anti-royalist ideas have been explored since he was elected to be a councillor for Haringey Council in 1974.
In Tom Bower’s 2019 biography, ‘Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power’, the author revealed how Mr Corbyn snubbed the Queen during his time working for the council.
Mr Bower explained: “On 13 May 1981, the Queen opened a new shopping centre in Haringey.
“Corbyn made sure he was absent – another move calculated to drive moderates out of his local party.”
At the time Mr Corbyn was reportedly attempting to “drive” moderates out of the Labour Party so that the more left-wing representatives would be left. As a result, his mentor Tony Benn was more likely to be elected.
Mr Bower claimed the future Labour leader was “convinced that enough moderates had been expelled in the constituencies” to assure Mr Benn of a successful campaign.
By not attending the Queen’s event, Mr Corbyn created a domino effect of tensions within his council, according to Mr Bower. He then used the membership of a radical Trotskyist Tariq Ali to divide the party further.
However Mr Benn pulled out and instead Michael Foot became the leader of the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn was then elected as the MP for Islington North in 1984.
Throughout his career as a backbencher, he reiterated on several occasions his anti-royalist sentiment.
In 1998 he was quoted in the Beaver County Times: “It’s absolutely ridiculous this 18th-century performance, the horses and the knights and everybody else turning up for The Queen to read a speech she’s never even read before, let alone written.”
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A 2001 interview aired on GMTV, he said: “I think it’s time that we just moved on and said, when the Queen completes her reign, wouldn’t that be an appropriate time to call it a day and have an elected Head of State.
“A very large majority of Labour MPs would like to see a change in the attitude of the monarchy and the way the Royal Family operates.”
Mr Corbyn did, however, made it clear in the run-up to the 2017 election that if he were to get into No.10, he would not tackle the Royal Family, “It’s not a battle that I am fighting”.
Yet, in an interview with Sky’s Sophy Ridge only this week, Mr Corbyn admitted that he thought the ‘Firm’ needed improvement in light of the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew at the moment.
He explained he thinks the size of the Royal Family needs to be looked at as well as “all that they do” if he were to get into No.10.
Yet, the Tories have a 67 percent change of securing a win at the General Election next week according to Ladbrokes.
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