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Jeremy Corbyn smartens up his act for Cenotaph’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations 

Jeremy Corbyn smartens up his act: Labour leader wears a navy overcoat to the Cenotaph after being slammed for the ‘scruffy’ anorak he sported at last year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations

  • Jeremy Corbyn has worn smart black overcoat for Remembrance Sunday
  • Labour leader was criticised for ‘scruffy’ grey anorak at Sunday service last year 
  • He sparked outrage last night for not turning up to Festival of Remembrance event at Royal Albert Hall

Jeremy Corbyn has smartened up for his appearance alongside other politicians and dignitaries at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday.

The Labour leader has chosen to fit in with the crowd by wearing a dark black suit and overcoat and a red poppy.

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded ‘scruffy and disrespectful’ for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service.

Jeremy Corbyn has smartened up for his appearance alongside other politicians and dignitaries at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded 'scruffy and disrespectful' for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded ‘scruffy and disrespectful’ for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service

It evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot’s infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier.

Scores of viewers watching the live coverage said they were ‘shocked’ at the politician’s choice of attire, with one man claiming he looked as though he was ‘going fishing’.

He also chose not to don a white poppy, a symbol of pacifism, alongside the more widely worn red poppy which symbolises those who died in conflict. 

However, Mr Corbyn was last night slammed for failing to show up for the Festival of Remembrance to honour Brit hero soldiers at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Labour leader’s absence sparked outrage among members of the public – who blast the move as ‘a spectacular own goal’ by the party.

His appearance in 2018 evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot's infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier

His appearance in 2018 evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot’s infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier

Corbyn's coat row: Critics of the Labour politician were angered by his choice of jacket, with some saying he looked 'scruffy'

Corbyn’s coat row: Critics of the Labour politician were angered by his choice of jacket, with some saying he looked ‘scruffy’

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was at the event but no shows by Corbyn and his right hand man John McDonnell left many furious.

Joanne Henry tweeted: ‘What a disgrace, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell couldn’t be bothered turning up to remember our fallen heroes.

‘Just remember that people, when you go in to vote on 12th December.’

Celia Bradshaw added: ‘Noticed Emily Thornberry at the Remembrance event last night representing Corbyn no doubt.’

Earlier in the day Mr Corbyn had been in Doncaster, Yorkshire, visiting areas affected by major flooding.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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