Jeremy Corbyn 'walks out' of Labour Christmas party after MPs sing Tony Blair anthem

Labour MPs have denied the reports

Will Worley
Sunday 18 December 2016 13:07 GMT

Labour MPs have denied a report that claimed Jeremy Corbyn walked out of a Christmas party after rebel politicians sang the New Labour anthem "Things Can Only Get Better" and chanted “We want Tony”.

Politicians also reportedly sang The Beatles’ "Back In The USSR" at the seasonal karaoke in a jibe at the Labour leader’s inaction over Aleppo, which has been decimated by Russian bombing.

However, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, has denied the claims.

“Can I just say as someone who was there this did not happen,” Ms Phillips tweeted.

The report of the party in the Daily Mail included a video purportedly showing the Labour MPs singing the D:Ream song – which is strongly associated with Tony Blair’s1997 election victory – at the Westminster Kitchen in central London.

One person also shouted “We want Tony,” the newspaper reported, adding that soon after Mr Corbyn and his allies Shami Chakrabarti and Richard Burgon MP left "amid jeers".

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However, Mr Burgon also denied the report, tweeting: “Public deserve political news - not tedious (and untrue) tittle tattle from the Daily Mail on our Christmas 'do'.”

A spokesman for the Labour leade said: "Jeremy enjoyed the PLP Christmas party on Tuesday which was one of several engagements that evening."

Mr Corbyn has withstood a number of serious attempts to unseat him as party leader and confidently saw off a leadership challenge from Pontypridd MP Owen Smith in the summer.

However, Labour’s ratings in the polls under Mr Corbyn’s leadership have been trailing far behind the Conservatives, despite the incumbent government’s lack of direction over Brexit.

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