When asked if he would have sung it, former Shadow Welsh Secretary Mr Smith said: “Yes, even as a Welshman I sing it on such occasions”. “As he said in the words issued this morning, the heroism of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain is something to which we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude”.
Jeremy Corbyn has taken part in his first ceremonial engagement as Labour leader, appearing to remain silent as the national anthem was sung at an RAF service marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Everyone in Britain thought the weekly Prime Minister’s Question Time, also known as PMQs, would be a disaster for the new radical leader of the left-wing British Labour party Jeremy Corbyn.
Mrs Cooper was speaking after left winger Mr Corbyn was elected the new leader of her party with a resounding mandate – 59.5% of first preference votes.
“He is very determined that this will be a serious opportunity to put serious questions to the Prime Minister to which people want real answers”, she said.
Although a Scottish national MP did say he was supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s policies particularly on welfare cuts.
PMQs is conducted every Wednesday at midday and is a chance for politicians to question the Prime Minister, which is David Cameron.
However, Mr Corbyn is now facing allegations of sexism – after failing to appoint any women into top jobs in the Shadow Cabinet.
In a question on Northern Ireland, DUP MP Nigel Dodds referred to controversial comments previously made by Mr Corbyn’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, in which he called for IRA terrorists to be “honoured”.
The questions set by Corbyn for the prime minister were straightforward: Why wouldn’t he spend more on a range of worthy causes? “I think we have also got to have limits on what individuals and individual families can draw down”, he said.
The veteran left-winger, who represents a sharp break with the Labour Party’s two-decade move to the political center, had already raised hackles by not singing the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, at a World War II memorial event the day before.
He said Corbyn’s views on nuclear disarmament and his opposition to conducting airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria, along with his promises of higher spending and additional taxes, meant that Labour had “completely vacated the intellectual playing field”.