This afternoon, the Commons chamber of the Houses of Parliament witnessed a remarkable, noisy standing ovation from both sides of the chamber – as the UK’s Youth Parliament rose to cheer and applaud Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn:
But just as noteworthy was the introductory tribute paid by Speaker John Bercow – a Tory MP – to the Labour leader, as he essentially described Corbyn as the genuine article and the ideal people’s politician.
Bercow also mentioned that Theresa May had spoken to the young members this morning – but that welcome does not appear to have been broadcast on the Parliament Live site.
Rumours that this was because she was concerned about comparisons between the reception she might receive and the likely welcome for Corbyn have not been confirmed.
Update: Corbyn also got a similar reaction as he left:
— Tony Paxton NHSlove JC4PM (@TonyPaxton_) November 9, 2018
The mainstream media and centrist or right-wing politicians spend a lot of time and effort trying to claim that young people are disillusioned with Corbyn.
His reception today from youth politicians of all stripes showed that up as the hollow nonsense it is.
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