'He'll be back in time for Katy Perry' - MP's Glastonbury Festival challenge to Jeremy Corbyn
PUBLISHED: 18:56 23 June 2017
A Somerset MP has accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting 'politicking on the Pyramid Stage ahead of his responsiblities' by snubbing the nation's Armed Forces Day tribute in favour of an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
Mr Corbyn has come under fire in sections of the press for declining at invitation to the official Armed Forces Day event in Liverpool because of plans to address crowds from the main stage of the Glastonbury Festival tomorrow (Saturday).
The move has been criticised by forces veterans and political opponents.
Today, Wells MP James Heappey – a Conservative MP fresh from his second election win on June 8 – has written to Mr Corbyn to offer a tongue-in-cheek escape from what he called an ‘unfortunate diary clash’.
Mr Heappey has suggested Mr Corbyn join him for the Armed Forces Day parade in Burnham-on-Sea, little more than a dozen miles from Glastonbury.
Former soldier Mr Heappey says this would allow the Opposition leader to fulfil his obligations to the nation’s service personnel – and still get to the festival ‘in time for Katy Perry’.
Mr Heappey said: “I’m concerned that Jeremy Corbyn has chosen not to be in Liverpool with our Prime Minister and Royal Family to celebrate the work of our Armed Forces tomorrow.
“Going to Liverpool would have meant he’d miss Craig David but he could easily have been back in Somerset in time for Katy Perry.
“Instead he’s put politicking on the Pyramid Stage ahead of his responsibilities as the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
“I hope I can help Mr Corbyn with this unfortunate diary clash by welcoming him to Burnham tomorrow morning for our Armed Forces Day celebrations there.
“I’ll be marching with fellow veterans and although we’ll probably be a little smarter than the Momentum marches he’s used to, he’s very welcome to join us.”