Tonight, the Labour leader went head-to-head with Boris Johnson in ITV’s election debate which saw both leaders give answers on a range of topics including royalty. In the tense exchange Mr Corbyn was asked: “Is the monarchy fit for purpose?” Mr Corbyn’s answer did little to quell fears as he replied: “It needs a bit of improvement.”
Voters have long feared that a Mr Corbyn-led country would mean an abolition of the monarchy due to his long held anti-royalist views.
At the last election a video from 2001 emerged which showed Mr Corbyn along with fellow Labour colleagues pushing for the Queen’s reign would be the last, disenfranchising any heirs to the throne.
In the interview with GMTV, Mr Corbyn said: “I think it’s time that we just moved on and said, when the Queen completes her reign, wouldn’t that be an appropriate time to call it a day and have an elected Head of State.
“A large majority of Labour MPs would like to see a change in the attitude of the monarchy and the way the Royal Family operates.”
Mr Corbyn said republicans were a minority in the Parliamentary Labour Party, but predicted this would shift as “public opinion moves more in favour of a complete democracy”.
During the election desperately tried to distance himself from anti-monarchy views even hinting he had accepted the public wants to keep the monarchy, but his latest comments have many questioning his commitment once again.
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