Who is Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers Corbyn?
JEREMY Corbyn's brother Piers is one of the candidates running to be the next Mayor of London.
The Let London Live candidate has pledged to end all lockdowns and oppose Covid-19 vaccine passports. But who is Piers Corbyn?
Who is Piers Corbyn?
Piers Corbyn is the elder brother of Jeremy Corbyn, who resigned as Labour leader after a crushing defeat in the 2019 General Election.
The 73-year-old, from Southwark, south London, is a well-known climate change denier and also claims the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax.
He also promotes conspiracy theories around the 5G mobile network.
He is now running to be the next Mayor of London with the party Let London Live.
Mr Corbyn was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and grew up at the family home Yew Tree Manor.
He has a masters degree in Astrophysics from the University of London.
Mr Corbyn was also a member a member of the Labour party and served as a councillor in Southwark from 1986 to 1990.
He was an active campaigner for the party until quitting in 2002 over the invasion of Iraq.
His attempt to rejoin Labour in 2017 was reportedly blocked by his constituency party.
The activist also supported his brother when he surprisingly won the Labour leadership contest in August 2015.
Mr Corbyn has also taken on housing issues, including standing as a independent councillor on the platform in Southwark in 2015.
What is Piers Corbyn's job?
Mr Corbyn runs forecasting service WeatherAction which offer alternative predictions for the weather.
Since he was a child he had an interest in studying weather and climate patterns.
On his Twitter he describes himself as a "world-leading" weather and climate forecaster.
He boasts that his weather forecasting system relies on monitoring activity on the solar surface.
Scientists have argued this has minimal impact on the Earth's atmosphere and the weather.
He also claims that earthquakes can be triggered by solar activity and claims to be able to forecast them.
Has he breached coronavirus lockdown rules?
Mr Corbyn was pictured at a protest over 5G in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown.
The activist was again pictured at a Hyde Park protest with a megaphone as he linked 5G with the pandemic on May 30.
He called it a "pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order".
He was charged with breaching Covid-19 regulations on May 16 and May 30 last year.
There is no evidence to link 5G and coronavirus, but unfounded conspiracy theories continue to spread on social media.
Why is Piers Corbyn running to be Mayor of London?
Piers Corbyn is running to be Mayor of London in a bid to "challenge the coronavirus narrative", end all lockdowns and prevent the introduction of Covid passports.
His five main policies include:
- End all lockdowns
- Spend more on serious illnesses (cancer, diabetes, etc…)
- No vaccine passports ever
- Defend council housing and end homelessness
- Stop extension of ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone)
He said in a statement: "Our amazing vibrant city is no more. We've been tricked into trashing our jobs, culture, sport, life, schools and economy. Whatever you think you KNOW it's wrong.
"I'm standing for London Mayor to bring my strength and experience to break us all out of this crisis of doom – to confront the government with action and proper science.
"To end Lockdowns and arbitrary damaging restrictions, bring back jobs AND take proper care of ALL serious illnesses left behind by NHS restrictions. My policies will save jobs & lives."
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