Jeremy Corbyn has been caught out pretending he watches the Queen‘s message on Christmas Day.

The Labour leader – a long-standing Republican – was humiliatingly picked up on the claim during an ITV interview.

Jeremy Corbyn’s changing story about what he does on Christmas

Julie Etchingham: ‘Do you sit down to watch the Queen’s speech, Mr Corbyn?’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘It’s on the morning, usually we have it on some of the time.’

Etchingham: ‘It’s not on in the morning. It’s at three o’clock in the afternoon.’ 

Corbyn: It’s when its repeated… in the afternoon.’

Etchingham: ‘So you don’t sit down as a family to watch the Queen’s speech.’  

Corbyn: ‘We don’t watch television very much on Christmas Day. Maybe a film in the evening. Erm I’d like to do a bit of exercise on Christmas morning.’

Etchingham: ‘You do some exercise on Christmas morning. I don’t think the Queen’s speech is in the morning.

‘It’s three o’clock in the afternoon. That’s when everybody watches it.’

Corbyn: ‘Well. Our Christmas is sometimes…’

Etchingham: ‘You don’t watch it do you, Mr Corbyn.’ 

Corbyn: ‘There is lots .. lots to do .. I enjoy the presence of my family and friends around Christmas. Obviously, like everybody else does.

‘And, I also visit the homeless shelter, either on Christmas Day, or the day before, to talk to, and listen to people’s lives, about how they could be made better with a government that cared for them.’

In a toe-curling exchange with presenter Julie Etchingham, Mr Corbyn said he watched the traditional broadcast in the morning.

But he was then brutally informed that the monarch’s words air at 3pm in the afternoon.

As Mr Corbyn – who met the Queen at a  Buckingham Palace Nato reception last night – tried to bluster his way through the embarrassment by suggesting the afternoon programme is a repeat, Etchingham said: ‘You don’t watch it do you, Mr Corbyn?’  

The disastrous clash came as Labour desperately tries to improve the veteran left-winger’s dire personal ratings by talking about his life.

Mr Corbyn is seen as a serious drag on the party – which is trailing the Tories by nine points in a poll today with a week to go until the election. 

In an extraordinary verdict, the New Statesman magazine – known as the Labour bible – has branded the leader ‘not fit’ to be PM.

After asking what Mr Corbyn does at Christmas, Etchingham said: ‘Do you sit down to watch the Queen’s speech?’

He replied: ‘It’s on the morning, usually we have it on some of the time.’ 

Etchingham persisted: ‘So you don’t sit down as a family to watch the Queen’s speech?’ 

The Labour leader protested that his family ‘doesn’t watch television very much on the day’.

He then claimed that he likes ‘to do a bit of exercise on Christmas morning’, prompting Etchingham to once again point out that the speech first airs in the afternoon. 

The interviewer finally asks ‘You don’t watch it do you, Mr Corbyn?’ 

Mr Corbyn flannels that there is ‘lots to do’ on the day, including a visit to a local homeless centre.

During the wide-ranging interview, Mr Corbyn also said that if elected he would let homeless people live in Chequers, the country house of the Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire.

He points to the fact that the UK is home to 150 billionaires, adding: ‘We’ve still got people sleeping on the streets.’

Mr Corbyn’s position echoes the sentiments of shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said he would let a homeless family move into No11 Downing Street. 

However, under the terms of the bequest of Chequers to the nation in 1917 it appears Mr Corbyn would not be able to let other people live in it.

Instead, if he opted not to use it as a country residence, the US ambassador would be offered the privilege. 

During the interview, Mr Corbyn also offered another grudging apology for the vile wave of anti-Semitism that has been wracking Labour. 

The Leader Interviews: Jeremy Corbyn – Tonight airs at 7.30pm on Thursday.

Corbyn firstly claims the speech is 'on the morning, usually we have it on,' causing interviewee Julie Etchingham (pictured) to correct him so say it always airs in the afternoon

Corbyn firstly claims the speech is ‘on the morning, usually we have it on,’ causing interviewee Julie Etchingham (pictured) to correct him so say it always airs in the afternoon

Labour leader protested that his family 'doesn't watch television very much on the day'

Labour leader protested that his family ‘doesn’t watch television very much on the day’

Below is a transcript of some of the issues covered by the ITV leader’s interview with Jeremy Corbyn, set to air tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

His plans for Christmas Day

Julie Etchingham: ‘Do you sit down to watch the Queen’s speech? Mr Corbyn.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘It’s on the morning, usually we have it on some of the time.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘It’s not on in the morning. It’s at three o’clock in the afternoon. 

Jeremy Corbyn: It’s when its repeated… in the afternoon.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘So you don’t sit down as a family to watch the Queen’s speech.’  

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘We don’t watch television very much on Christmas Day. Maybe a film in the evening. Erm I’d like to do a bit of exercise on Christmas morning.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘You do some exercise on Christmas morning. I don’t think the Queen’s speech is in the morning.

‘It’s three o’clock in the afternoon. That’s when everybody watches it.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Well. Our Christmas is sometimes…’

Julie Etchingham: ‘You don’t watch it do you, Mr Corbyn.’ 

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘There is lots .. lots to do .. I enjoy the presence of my family and friends around Christmas. Obviously, like everybody else does.

‘And, I also visit the homeless shelter, either on Christmas Day, or the day before, to talk to, and listen to people’s lives, about how they could be made better with a government that cared for them.’

On giving up Chequers

Julie Etchingham: ‘John McDonnell said he wouldn’t move into number eleven. He’d allow a homeless family to live there.

‘Would you consider giving up Chequers if you were Prime Minister?’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I would indeed. It can’t be right.

‘We’re a country with 150 billionaires, and we’ve still got people sleeping on the streets.’

On anti-Semitism 

Julie Etchingham: ‘Will you apologise now, for the issue of anti-Semitism?’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Anti-Semitism is a vile evil, in our society. I am not a racist, in any form. I’ve spent my life opposing racism.

‘And, I think the treatment of Jewish people that suffer from anti-Semitism is appalling.

‘And where there’s been delays, by my party, in instituting a process, of course, I apologise to those that suffered, as a result of it.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘You do accept the state of Israel has a right to exist.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Yes. Of course.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘Yes, yes, thank you…’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘But we would recognise alongside that, a Palestinian state.’

On life at home 

Julie Etchingham: ‘And your wife, who we occasionally see, she said you’re not very good at housework.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I am good at putting the garbage out, I am good at putting the recycling out at… Good at that.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘Ha ha you’re good at putting the recycling out… Even that has got the message firmly nailed down.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I’m also the head manager of the whole composting arrangements.’

On romance 

Julie Etchingham: ‘What’s the most romantic thing you ever did?’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Wow. That’s a hard one. Nobody ever thinks of me as romantic.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘So there is no romance that Jeremy Corbyn could offer to…What is the most romantic sort of wild and reckless thing you’ve ever done?’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘You can’t ask that question on television.’

Julie Etchingham: ‘Yes I can.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘You can’t ask that… It’s…’

Julie Etchingham: ‘I asked Theresa May what the naughtiest thing she ever did… I didn’t ask you that.’

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘When you’re with somebody, you have a great time together, and we’ve had some wonderful holidays together, and we enjoy that.’

Jeremy Corbyn appears to accidentally reveal that he does not watch the Queen's speech on Christmas Day in an ITV interview set to air tomorrow night

Jeremy Corbyn appears to accidentally reveal that he does not watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day in an ITV interview set to air tomorrow night

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