Jeremy Corbyn accuses the BBC of “reporting fake news”
Jeremy Corbyn argued that the BBC was “reporting fake news” during his interview on BBC Breakfast this morning.
It was suspected that the Labour leader might be standing down after recent reports. A journalist from Manchester Evening News recently took to social media to reveal: “Expectation that Corbyn is going. Not necessarily straight away, but going”.
Third source agrees there’s definite manoeuvring. Expectation that corbyn is going. Not necesarily straight away, but going. https://t.co/X7NY6P1Fwj
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) February 8, 2017
During his appearance on BBC Breakfast this morning, presenter Charlie Stayt pulled Corbyn up on these allegations, asking if the speculation was indeed true.
BBC: We want to avoid reporting fake news, so please clarify something for us.
Corbyn: I’m really surprised the BBC is reporting fake news. pic.twitter.com/lsYGGdb7y4
— Jamie McConkey (@JamieMcConkey) February 9, 2017
Corbyn said: “That’s in the ‘I made it up yesterday dot com’.
When the news host continued to ask what the future held for him as Labour leader, Corbyn replied: “Look. I’m really surprised the BBC is reporting fake news. There is no news.”
Stayt began to explain: “What we’re trying to do is give you the opportunity to just say-”
“I was elected leader of this party – I am very proud to lead this party,” Corbyn interrupted, before setting out how his agenda for holding the government to account during Brexit.
Corbyn made headlines after asking his party to support the bill which proposes triggering Article 50, thus beginning the two-year EU withdrawal process. His position on the matter caused quite some backlash, with shadow business secretary Clive Lewis quitting his role in protest. Lewis was the fourth shadow cabinet minister to resign on this issue and many of the party’s activists have been left angered by Corbyn’s order.
BBC Breakfast continues daily at 6am on BBC One.