Jeremy Corbyn, 70, is ‘too frail’ to be PM and may be forced to stand down as Labour leader because he is not ‘physically or mentally’ up to the job, senior civil servants fear
- Senior mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month
- One top civil servant went as far as to say Mr Corbyn is not firing ‘on all cylinders’
- Also concerns about ‘toxic atmosphere’ in party, with leader losing his control
- Mr Corbyn had a ‘mini-stroke’ two to three months ago, according to an advisor
- Labour Party spokesman said My Corbyn is in good health and led an active life
Top civil servants fear Jeremy Corbyn could be too frail to become prime minister, it was reported last night.
Mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month as rumours mount that he is ‘losing his memory’, where one went as far to say that the 70-year-old was ‘not firing on all cylinders’.
They are increasing worried about the prospect of Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister because he is ‘propped up’ by his advisers, according to the reports.
Mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month as rumours mount that he is ‘losing his memory’
One senior civil servant told The Times: ‘When does someone say [he] is too ill to carry on as leader of the Labour Party let alone prime minister?… He is not functioning on all cylinders.’
Another said: ‘There is a real worry that the Labour leader isn’t up to the job physically or mentally but is being propped up by those around him.
‘There’s growing concern that he’s too frail and is losing his memory. He’s not in charge of his own party.’
Another well-connected adviser told The Times: ‘We have heard he has had a ministroke about two to three months ago.’
It comes as insiders report a ‘toxic atmosphere’ in Labour – with at least eight former members of staff signing gagging orders forbidding them from discussing their experiences of working for the party.
Several sources complained to The Times about the behaviour of Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff.
One visitor to Mr Corbyn’s office described being ‘jabbed in the chest’ by her, while an official who had fallen out of favour returned to find their desk had been moved.
Others described concerns the party was being controlled by the likes of Murphy, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Mr Corbyn’s spin doctor Seamus Milne rather than the leader himself.
One senior civil servant went as far as to say Mr Corbyn, 70, is not firing ‘on all cylinders’
The decision to expel Alistair Campbell for voting Lib Dem was taken without his approval, according to one of his friends.
A Labour Party spokesman said My Corbyn is in good health and led an active life, including regular running and cycling.
The spokesman also said the suggestion Mr Corbyn was not the man in charge was laughable and ‘demonstrably false’.
Another blow for Jeremy Corbyn as his approval rating sinks to a damning new low in poll
By Daniel Martin, Policy Editor for the Daily Mail
Jeremy Corbyn’s approval rating plunged to a dramatic new low this week – polling worse than former leader Michael Foot for the first time.
A survey by Ipsos Mori found that Mr Corbyn was now the worst-polling leader of the Opposition since the question was first asked in 1978.
A massive 75 per cent of voters said they were dissatisfied by his performance, compared with just 17 per cent who were satisfied – a net satisfaction rating of minus 58 per cent.
Pluses and minuses: Overall worst approval ratings for each opposition leader since 1977
This compares with Mr Foot’s worst rating of minus 56 per cent (13 per cent satisfied, 69 per cent dissatisfied) which was recorded in August 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and two months after the liberation of the Falklands.
By contrast, she never polled lower than minus 13 when she was Opposition leader.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband’s worst rating occurred in December 2014, when he scored a net satisfaction score of minus 38 per cent.
Tory leaders William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith both hit minus 37 at their lowest point.
Tony Blair was the only Opposition leader who consistently had a positive satisfaction rating. His worst score was plus 7 per cent, recorded in September 1996.