By Holly Bancroft And Jonathan Bucks For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 00:27 GMT, 8 December 2019 | Updated: 01:03 GMT, 8 December 2019
As his excruciating muddle over the Queen's Speech demonstrated last week, Jeremy Corbyn struggles with Christmas traditions.
The Labour leader has long had a frugal approach to the festive season, which suggests an attitude that's more Scrooge than Santa.
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On another occasion, Mr Corbyn's then wife Jane Chapman listened in despair as he and his brother discussed politics and the possibility of widespread strikes throughout the traditional lunch, a five-course vegetarian affair she had painstakingly prepared and for which she received no thanks.
She later remarked that the brothers would have been happier with a can of beans.
'Usually Tesco, not Heinz,' she said. 'But he wouldn't know the difference.' The couple divorced the following year.
Despite telling ITV that he usually watches the Queen's Speech on Christmas morning – quite some feat since it is not screened until 3pm – Mr Corbyn usually goes for a run before lunch.sonos sonos