‘We’re back!’: Jeremy Corbyn celebrates hitting the election campaign trail with Labour in a cringeworthy Instagram video after finally agreeing to a pre-Christmas vote
- Labour leader, 70, was filmed jubilantly walking close to his parliamentary office
- He moved briskly past the camera, smartly dressed in a blue suit and red tie
- The short clip was posted to his 260,000 Instagram followers this morning
Jeremy Corbyn gave a pre-Christmas election the thumbs up today in a cringeworthy social media video to supporters.
The Labour leader, 70, was filmed jubilantly walking down some stairs close to his parliamentary office after he risked a back-bench rebellion by agreeing to a December vote.
But he showed no sign of caring as he moved briskly past the camera, smartly dressed in a blue suit and Labour-red tie.
In the short clip, posted to his 260,000 Instagram followers he said: ‘Hi, how’re you doing? We’re back and we are ready for it all over again.’
The Labour leader is known to enjoy campaigning more than the machinations of Westminster politics.
In the short clip, posted to his 260,000 Instagram followers, he gave a thumbs up to the camera, saying: ‘We’re back and we are ready for it all over again’
The Labour leader and his top team were earlier branded ‘f***ing mad’ by one of his own backbenchers after he agreed to a December vote, saying he would be ‘going out there to win’.
He will order his party to back a rushed plan for a vote on or near December 9 later today, less than 24 hours after he told them to abstain on plans for a December 12 election.
It puts him on a collision path with backbenchers who see the party languishing in the polls and fear that he is leading them to a disaster.
The Labour leader, 70, was filmed walking down some stairs close to his parliamentary office after he risked a back-bench rebellion by agreeing to a December vote
But he showed no sign of caring as he moved briskly past the camera, smartly dressed and a blue suit and Labour-red tie.
The MP told MailOnline: ‘They are f***ing mad. They think they are on the brink of a brave new Socialist dawn.’
They added that the decision was ‘proof that turkeys vote for Christmas’ and there would be a ‘huge’ revolt, adding: ‘It just gets Johnson completely off the hook.’
Despite him agreeing to whip in favour of the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill this afternoon many are expected to vote against it – but look unlikely to stop it becoming law.
Mr Corbyn told his shadow cabinet this morning Labour would launch the ‘most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen’ now a No Deal Brexit was ‘off the table’.
But critic Neil Coyle, who backs a second referendum, said: ‘Today could be crucial. We have limited chances to get a People’s Vote but anyone backing an election will prevent it, as well as allowing Johnson to bring back No Deal.
‘I know where I stand and am disgusted at those putting party politics before the national interest.’
Durham North MP Kevan Jones said he would not vote for an election, saying he wanted the chance to vote on Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill.