PUBLISHED: 07:29, Thu, Oct 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:29, Thu, Oct 1, 2020
The former Labour leader was spotted at a house party with nine guests in total, in what is a clear breach of the current “rule of six” guidelines. Mr Corbyn is the latest politician forced to apologies for breach the coronavirus laws, with Labour and Tory MPs being left shame-faced when caught out. It comes as the UK’s cases of the virus continue to rise rapidly, with health experts warning of an imminent second wave.
Mr Corbyn was snapped in a picture in clear breach of the guidelines last weekend.
The Islington North MP and his wide have been hit with a fine of £1,800 for the offence.
Mr Corbyn apologised for the breach to the Sun, and said: “I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five.
"I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the rule of six. I apologise for my mistake.”
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Jeremy Corbyn news: The former Labour leader has been attacked for flouting coronavirus rules (Image: PA)
Jeremy Corbyn news: The Islington North MP and his wide have been hit with a fine of £1,800 (Image: PA)
The former Labour chief was criticised by David Morris, Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale.
He told the Sun: “This is really disappointing. Millions of Brits are quietly sticking to the rules to defeat this horrific virus while Jeremy Corbyn is swanning around at a posh dinner party.
“People have had to delay weddings, been stopped from going to funerals, and friends and families have been torn apart by these tough restrictions.
“It is beyond belief that an MP – and someone who claims to stand up for the common man – has behaved this way.”
Jeremy Corbyn news: Current guidelines prevent groups of more than six meeting (Image: PA)
Jeremy Corbyn news: David Morris