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21/10/2015 14:21 BST | Updated 21/10/2015 15:59 BST

Jeremy Corbyn Denies Saying 'Ex-Prostitute' To David Cameron Before Xi Jinping Speech

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: British Prime Minister David Cameron (centre), Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre right) wait to listen to China's President, Xi Jinping address MPs and peers in Parliament's Royal Gallery on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of the Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London

Jeremy Corbyn has denied claims he joked about an "ex-prostitute" with David Cameron, after lip-readers claimed the Labour leader relayed a piece of unusual gossip to the prime minister in footage taken from a meeting on Tuesday.

Corbyn was filmed without audio talking to Cameron as they sat next to each other in parliament's Royal Gallery as they waited to hear Chinese President Xi Jinping give a speech.

The press excitedly tried to discover what he said. The Daily Mail and The Sun reported lip readers' claims that Corbyn told the Prime Minister: "It was difficult because, erm, that’s his ex-wife who is, erm, apparently an ex-prostitute."

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Cameron says simply 'oh' and then turns the conversation to the fact self-employment levels are "down gradually", the paper reported.

But Corbyn's spokesman has denied this what the Labour leader said, telling HuffPost UK's Paul Waugh: "He didn't say it."

Words that rhyme with "prostitute" include constitute, convolute, obvolute, execute and prosecute.

Despite Corbyn's immediate denial that he used the word "prostitute", it didn't stop reporters and pundits speculating about who the two politicians may have been talking about.