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The big news from Question Time special: Corbyn is ‘neutral’

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23.11.2019

The big news from tonight’s BBC Question Time Leaders’ Special is that Jeremy Corbyn would be “neutral” in the second referendum held by a Labour government if he wins the election.

The trouble is that this is the sort of question that interests journalists trying to squeeze a news story out of a pitiful performance by the Labour leader. It was of no interest to the studio audience. The question he was actually asked was, “Why do we have to vote on Europe again?” His answer began, “I think the demands of people...” It continued with: Some people wanted one thing, some people wanted another and “people didn’t vote to lose their jobs”, before it ended up with Corbyn saying he would take no position at all in the new referendum.

Previously it had been assumed that he would follow the instruction of the sovereign Labour Party special conference, convened for the purpose of deciding the party’s view in that referendum, to be held six months into a Labour government. But no, he confirmed to Fiona Bruce, the BBC presenter, at the end of his segment he would take a “neutral stance” – “first heard here on Question Time”.

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But actually I thought his answer to another question was more significant. A woman asked about free broadband at a time when the NHS needs more........

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