Jeremy Corbyn mounts another light entertainment offensive

Written by David Singleton on 23 November 2017 in Diary

The Labour leader spoke to Labour-supporting comedian John Bishop.

Jeremy Corbyn has followed up his successful general election appearance on the One Show and his recent appearance on Gogglebox with another bold move in the light entertainment arena.

With aides keen for Corbyn to reach out to ‘normal people’ beyond the Westminster bubble, the Labour leader sat down with comedian John Bishop for his show on the W channel.

Discussing his brothers’ career choices, the Labour leader showed he that his still has a decent line in self-deprecation. He said: “They all went off to be ­engineers or scientists and I fell by the wayside."

Corbyn also moved to reinforce his football fan credentials by talking about his beloved Arsenal and hearing the roar of the crowd when they score. “There was that nil-nil draw the other week and I opened all the windows and there was nothing,” he said.

He also revealed that his parents hadn’t planned to call him Jeremy and that he “was supposed to be called something else”.

The Labour leader does not tend to speak a lot about his wife Laura Alvarez and he notably rejected an invitation to appear alongside her on the BBC’s One Show sofa, with Labour sources saying that “family are completely out of bounds”.

But the Labour leader was happy to tell Bishop about how he met his Mexican ex-banker wife, Laura Alvarez, saying: “Her niece had gone missing, disappeared, and I met her sister who was looking for her, and I then asked to help, and, of course, I did.”





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