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.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Queen (Image: Getty)
Corbyn during the 2015 Labour leadership contest (Image: Getty)
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.
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