Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of staging a bizarre stunt to dodge questions on anti-Semitism today after a mystery woman accompanied him to
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of staging a bizarre stunt to dodge questions on anti-Semitism today after a mystery woman accompanied him to his car while bellowing at his wife and then berating the waiting press – all in Spanish.
The Labour leader looked a mix of amused and shell-shocked as his companion left his front door in Islington yelling at the top of her voice today.
The woman, who has not been named, may be a Mexican relative of Mr Corbyn’s third wife Laura Alvarez, 51, who is 20 years his junior the party refused to comment.
In a comical moment the woman led Mr Corbyn up the garden path to his taxi while shouting repeatedly at his wife behind him: ‘Laura, are you ready?’.
She then turned her ire towards waiting press, including an ITV News camera crew filming the incident.
She said: ‘These miserable people, they don’t stop hounding him. They’re very unpleasant. They’ve no idea what they’re doing’.
This woman has become a star after yelling at Jeremy Corbyn’s wife and then the press as reporters tried to ask him about Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis today
Bizarrely the woman didn’t even get in the car and changed her tone completely, giving everyone a cheery ‘hasta luego’ – Spanish for ‘see you later’.
Corbynistas are urged to ‘drown out’ claims about Labour anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters urged MPs and activists to ‘drown out’ claims in last night’s BBC Panorama investigation to protect the Labour leader and his aides from anti-Semitism, it was revealed today.
The party’s ‘outriders’ and ‘socialist social media activists’ were urged to take to social media to defend Mr Corbyn and his general secretary Jennie Formby.
As the show went out on BBC1 a WhatsApp message reportedly shared and sent by a key aide to Corbyn says his supporters must ‘park your emotions for a few days’.
And they should avoid criticising his deputy Tom Watson – who said today the Panorama film had revealed a ‘sickness in our party’.
Instead they should turn their fire on the BBC and focus on allegations that the Tories are Islamophobia and ‘amplify’ Labour’s message that they are not a racist or anti-Semitic.
The memo, leaked to HuffPo’s Paul Waugh, says: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is not an Anti-semite. Jennie is dealing with Anti-semitism. It is a real and present problem,’
A Labour source has said that the guidance was not written by the party.
It is not the last funny moment outside Mr Corbyn’s house involving the married couple.
Last month he shut Laura in the porch as he left for work after forgetting she was a few feet behind him.
When the footage was posted on Twitter it prompted one wag to comment: ‘Doesn’t know if she wants to leave or remain.’
Ms Alvarez, Mr Corbyn’s third wife, is a passionate socialist.
In May she revelled after Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell was thrown out of the party for voting Lib Dem in the European elections under a Facebook post titled: ‘Good riddance’.
Ms Alvarez, a Mexican-born former banker turned coffee bean importer, wrote under it: ‘The man who supported the illegal war in Iraq has gone’.
And in a post on a pro-Corbyn group discussing Tom Watson’s pursuit of a second referendum she said: ‘Alastair Campbell always sabotaged the leadership of the LP [Labour party], but now he moved to support the Liberal Democrats’.
Mr Corbyn’s third wife, who is 20 years younger than the Labour leader, met the Islington MP in 1999 when she flew to Britain after her seven-year-old niece was abducted by her father following a custody battle.
Marcela went to Tony Benn for help and was introduced to Corbyn, MP for Islington North. She said: ‘He made calls and did everything he could to help. Without his assistance I would never have been reunited with Jasmin.’
In 2012 they married on a 400-year-old estate to the south of Mexico City. While her siblings and parents attended the ceremony and champagne reception, it is understood that Corbyn was accompanied by a single friend, and none of his family.
His first wife Labour councillor Jane Chapman called time on their union after growing fed up with her husband’s obsession with politics and attending committee meetings.
A recent biography of Mr Corbyn said: ‘They rarely went out together. Dinner invitations were refused. Chapman spent lonely evenings in their small flat with Mango the dog and Harold Wilson the cat as her only companions while Corbyn met political cronies’.
Jeremy Corbyn kisses his third wife Laura Alvarez after winning the Labour leadership in 2015.
Professor Jane Chapman, the first wife of Jeremy Corbyn, says their marriage failed because of his obsession with politics. His second wife Claudia split up with him because of a row over wanting to send their son to a grammar school, like the Labour MP had
Ms Alvarez with Diane Abbott, with whom her husband reportedly had a brief relationship with in the 1970s and rode around communist East Germany together on a motorbike
His second wife, fiery Chilean campaigner Claudia Bracchitta, drew the line after 12 years of marriage at his refusal to allow the eldest of their three sons to go to grammar school. Mr Corbyn himself attended a fee-paying school followed by a grammar school.
Although Corbyn was separated from his first wife Dr Chapman, she recalled this week how Abbott confronted her at her home and told her to ‘get out of town’.
As for Ms Bracchitta, Corbyn’s elder brother Piers has hinted they split before the school row, having ‘fallen out of love with each other after finding attractions elsewhere’.
Asked if his brother was unfaithful, Piers said: ‘Something like that must have been going on when they finally split up, but I don’t know who was bad first.’
In 1999, the year of Corbyn’s divorce from Ms Bracchitta, he met his current wife Ms Alvarez. They live in a £1million Islington home together and spend time together down at their allotment.