Corbyn's Awkward Interview With LBC Reporter: LISTEN
4 April 2017, 14:15
Jeremy Corbyn ended a frosty interview with LBC and insisted we stopped recording after objecting to a question about his future.
LBC's Senior Reporter Vincent McAviney went to the launch of Labour's local elections campaign and asked the leader a range of questions about their policies and plans for the votes, as well as topics issues such as Gibraltar and Saudi Arabia.
But he objected to a question about what he would do if Labour get disappointing results in the elections in May.
Mr Corbyn said: "We are a campaigning party. We were founded to be a campaigning party for social justice in Britain. We will continue doing that.
"I'm here to launch our local government election campaign. That's what we're doing today and I'm extremely proud to be here today with colleagues from Nottingham and many, many other counties all across the country."
But Vincent asked him: "But if you aren't the right person to deliver that campaigning party that you say, will you take note? What would be a success for you on the 4th May?"
Mr Corbyn responded: "We are campaigning to win these elections. I am proud to lead this party and I was elected to lead this party and that's the duty I'm fulfilling. We'll carry on doing that. Thank you very much."
But when Vincent got up, Mr Corbyn asked him: "Haven't you got anything else to ask about?"
Vincent told him: "You're the leader of a party, why can I not ask you about it?"
Then Mr Corbyn asked him to stop recording.
Afterwards, listeners were not overly impressed by the interview:
@Vinny_LBC Mr Corbyn sounded either knackered or couldn't be bothered there. Disappointing.— Aidan Reynolds (@aidanreynolds29) April 4, 2017
But others defending the Labour leader:
@LBC Corbyn is probably hacked off with the constant suggestion by the media that he's not the right person to lead Labour. Understandable.— CrazyCatLady (@Cat1974Lady) April 4, 2017