Keir Starmer urged to 'learn' from Corbyn by Owen Jones
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The Ashton-under-Lyne MP faced backlash after she was pictured with Mr Corbyn last week. The former Labour leader was suspended from the party in October following his response to an investigation on anti-Semitism while he was at the helm.
Although he was reinstated as a Labour member, he continues to have the whip removed, meaning he is not allowed to sit with the party’s MPs in the House of Commons.
On Friday Ms Rayner faced an onslaught of anger after a picture of her, Mr Corbyn and former shadow minister Barry Gardiner emerged.
The trio posed last week to show their support for a private member’s bill which would ban the “fire and rehire” of workers.
Sources close to the deputy leader said that she had been “photobombed” by Mr Corbyn.
They claimed he had been caught “sliding into the shot unnoticed” and that “she did not know he would be there in advance and did not talk to him”.
Photobombing is a slang term often used when a stranger randomly stands in the background, ruining the photo for those being photographed.
Ms Rayner’s claims were made despite the MPs clearly posing for the picture.
Mocking the photobombing claims, Mr Corbyn’s three children shared a picture of their own on social media last night after a Father’s Day meal out.
The ex-Labour leader’s former son tweeted a picture of him and his brothers with their dad stood in the background.
He captioned the picture: “Nice Father’s Day meal out with my brothers, ruined.”
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Seb Corbyn, the middle of the three children and a former adviser to former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, added a comment of his own.
He said: “A spokesperson for me and my two brothers will be making it very clear- we had no idea our dad would be there when we agreed to a come along to the fathers day meal.
“Honestly Angela Rayner, we can’t believe he’s still doing this.”
They shared their picture after a series of images were posted on social media to mock the claims made about the photo taken with Ms Rayner.
Supporters of Mr Corbyn shared images of their own with the Labour leader claiming they too had been photobombed.
Mr Corbyn’s position in the Labour Party has become a contentious point since his original suspension.
Fans of the former leader have said it is unfair for him to have had the whip removed and are demanding Sir Keir Starmer immediately reinstate it.
The party leadership has said the matter remains under review.
It is thought Mr Corbyn and Sir Keir have not spoken in months.
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