Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called a ‘disgrace’ by senior Portsmouth Lib Dem after he refuses to sing national anthem

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PORTSMOUTH Lib Dem leader has called Jeremy Corbyn a ‘disgrace’ after he refused to sing the national anthem during the Battle of Britain commemorations.

The new Labour leader has already been criticised by members of his party, withshadow women’s and equalities minister Kate Green saying his silence would have ‘offended and hurt people’.

Labour peer and former senior Royal Navy officer Admiral Lord West said Mr Corbyn’s decision was ‘extraordinary’ and would have angered the armed forces.

And city Lib Dem councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson has also attacked Mr Corbyn for his decision.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s amazing that someone who wants to be prime minister can choose to not sing the national anthem.

‘That’s a disgrace.

It’s amazing that someone who wants to be prime minister can choose to not sing the national anthem. That’s a disgrace.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth Lib Dem leader

‘It doesn’t matter if you are a republican or not, it’s the national anthem of our country, and anybody who wants to be prime minister should be proud to sing it.’

Mr Corbyn faces prime minister David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions today, an occasion which has been billed as ‘the hottest ticket in town’ by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.