The Telegraph Accuses Jeremy Corbyn Of Cancelling Christmas - He Hasn't

23/12/2015 13:05 GMT | Updated 23/12/2015 15:59 GMT

The Telegraph has accused Jeremy Corbyn of cancelling Christmas - only he hasn't.

The paper reports that the Labour leader is refusing to issue a message on Christmas Eve but will instead wait until the New Year.

To hammer the controversy home it carries a quote from Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who said: "This is the new politics - Corbyn cancels Christmas.

"It is just a hint of what the British people would have to look forward to under a Corbyn-led Government."

The roots of the 'scandal' appear to stem from an interview Corbyn did with The Huffington Post UK in which he said: "I don’t want us to move into religious politics in Britain. I respect all faiths, I probably spend more time going to religious services than most people, of all types.

"I go to synagogues, I go to mosques, I go to temples, I go to churches, and I have many humanistic friends and I have many atheist friends. I respect them all."

A spokesman for Corbyn said:" Any suggestion that Jeremy doesn't like Christmas is ridiculous. There is no requirement for a leader of the opposition to issue a Christmas message and It was Jeremy who used his last PMQs to wish parliament and everyone a happy Christmas, including Mr Bridgen."

Additionally, the Daily Mirror's Jason Beatie made this point...

And Corbyn also recorded this message for HuffPost UK readers:


And let us not forget this little controversy at the last PMQs before Christmas, when David Cameron acted like Corbyn didn't say happy Christmas... after he literally did:


Or that the Labour leader dressed as Santa on the Daily Politics:


And that he also sent out these Christmas cards:

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Despite all that, some people however appear to have taken the story at face value.

Others however, pointed out the leap in imagination in the article.

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