Jeremy Corbyn bow at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday sparks row on Twitter

The 'incident' comes after the Labour leader decided not to sing the National Anthem at a service in September

Adam Withnall
Sunday 08 November 2015 12:41
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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Prime Minister David Cameron wait to lay wreaths during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Prime Minister David Cameron wait to lay wreaths during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London

After the controversy surrounding his decision not to sing the National Anthem at a Battle of Britain memorial service in September, Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday was always likely to come under some scrutiny.

And moments after he laid a wreath to honour Britain’s war dead, there was a flurry of reaction on Twitter from those who felt he hadn’t given enough of a bow.

The criticism largely appeared to follow two lines – those who were outraged he hadn’t bowed at all, and those who felt his bow was only “half-hearted”.

For others, the uproar itself on Remembrance Sunday was a cause for dismay, with supporters of Mr Corbyn mocking attempts to provide a “microanalysis” of the Labour leader’s actions.

You can decide for yourself if Mr Corbyn’s bow was respectful enough – and indeed if it warranted such a Twitter storm in the first place – by watching it below.

The Queen was the first to lay a wreath on Sunday morning, leading the nation in honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict as services took place around the country.

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