There is normally standing room only for Prime Minister’s Questions but the chamber will be especially packed today when Jeremy Corbyn makes his debut as Labour leader.
All eyes were on the newly elected Labour opposition leader at Prime Minister’s Questions, with tabloids denouncing him for not singing the national anthem during a memorial service.
Tabloid newspapers screamed that he had snubbed Queen Elizabeth II, who last week became the longest ruling monarch in British history.
Mr Corbyn took hits from all sides on September 14th as his shadow cabinet took shape-and was quickly judged by detractors within and outside the party to be “male, pale and stale”.
Green also said the fact Corbyn did not sing the national anthem “will have offended and hurt people”.
JEREMY Corbyn confounded critics yesterday by appointing a Shadow Cabinet with more women than men for the first time in Labour’s history.
“I don’t see a problem like this”.
The controversy over the anthem issue overshadowed the build-up to Corbyn’s much-anticipated first clash with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in a weekly question-and-answer session in parliament.
The prime minister said: “What we need is a country where work pays”.
Republican Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire after remaining silent while David Cameron and others sang the anthem during a Battle of Britain commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral. Those beliefs recognise the lack of security and inadequate conditions that millions of people have suffered due to this government’s sham programme of austerity.
Mr Corbyn was greeted with cheers as he rose to his feet at the despatch box, where he pressed the PM over housing, welfare cuts and mental health services.
“I think it would have been appropriate and right and respectful of people’s feelings to have done so”.
The new Labour leader has crowd-sourced the questions for his first appearance, receiving more than 40,000 suggestions from supporters.
Starting out as a rank outsider who struggled to get on the Labour leadership contest ballot paper, Corbyn rode a wave of grassroots enthusiasm to emerge as the shock victor, but his rise has divided Labour.
Corbyn, greeted in silence by his party’s lawmakers when he met then in private on Monday, received a brief cheer.
He also proposes more interaction from backbench MPs and has been in touch with the speakers’ office and asked for a discussion with John Bercow about the possible changes.