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Jeremy Corbyn Says His Tent Is 'Enormous,' Following Criticism From Sadiq Khan

'We need a big tent to protect us all from the storms'

10/05/2016 12:47
John Stillwell/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he has an "enormous" tent after Sadiq Khan issued a coded criticism on his leadership.

London's new mayor last night warned the Labour leader the party could not win the general election unless it was "a big tent that appeals to everyone in our country".

Today, Corbyn rejected the suggestion he was failing to reach out to voters beyond Labour's core support. "We have a very big tent. It's an enormous tent," he said.

Speaking in the rain following the launch of Labour's pro-EU campaign battle bus in central-London, Corbyn added: "Sadly the tent is not here today because we are getting very wet with all this rain. We need a big tent to protect us all from the storms."

Corbyn also dismissed suggestions of a split between him and Khan. "We are getting on just fine," he said.

On Monday evening, Khan used an appearance at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting of MPs to warn Corbyn that "there is no such thing as glorious defeat" and urged him to broaden the party's appeal to voters.

In what MPs interpreted as a veiled reference to recent missteps by the leader, Khan said that the party “cannot afford to miss any open goals” and had to hold David Cameron properly to account.

Corbyn and Khan held a 30-minute meeting last night in which the two men discussed housing and transport policy.

Speculation that the relations were tense between the Labour leader and the new mayor were heightened after Corbyn failed to appear alongside Khan when he was declared the winner of the mayoral race on Friday evening.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) walks past party activists as he launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Britain's Labour Party poses for a photograph with young supporters at the launch of 'Labour In for Britain', ahead of June's EU referendum, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Former home secretary Alan Johnson delivers a speech in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus during a launch in central London, United Kingdom on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Former home secretary Alan Johnson (2nd L), Deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (3rd L), shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Gloria De Piero (4th L) and British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (5th L) attend a launch in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus in central London, United Kingdom on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Gloria De Piero (4th L), speaks beside deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (3rd L), Alan Johnson (2nd L), the Chair of Labour In for Britain, and Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Former home secretary Alan Johnson (2nd L), Deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (3rd L), shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Gloria De Piero (4th L) and British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (5th L) attend a launch in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus in central London, United Kingdom on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) poses for picture with party activists in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, United Kingdom on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Labour Party supporters pose for a photograph in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Minister for Young People, Gloria De Piero (L) stand in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Minister for Young People, Gloria De Piero (L) stand in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn (C), speaks as he launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus with Gloria De Piero (2L), Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (L), on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) speaks beside shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Gloria De Piero (2nd R), deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (2nd L) and Alan Johnson (L), the Chair of Labour In for Britain, in front of the 'Labour In For Britain' campaign bus at a launch in central London, on May 10, 2016. The referendum campaign was picking up pace again after regional and local elections last Thursday which saw Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's new mayor, and pro-independence nationalists returned to power in Scotland, albeit without a majority. Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was now being urged to get more involved in the EU referendum campaign. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    (From second left) Former home secretary Alan Johnson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, Shadow Minister for Young People, Gloria De Piero, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn join activists as they launch the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battlebus on the South Bank on London.
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Labour leader,Jeremy Corbyn (2R) speaks as he launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus with Gloria De Piero (2L), Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (L) on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) speaks as he launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus with Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson and Alan Johnson, the Chair of Labour In for Britain, on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is seen with party activists as he launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: An activist shelters under an umbrella in front of the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battle bus ahead of its launch by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn made a plea for workers' rights and vowed to stop the TTIP trade deal as he set off on a six-week trip around Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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    Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn launches the Labour In for Britain EU campaign battlebus on the South Bank on London.
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    Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Britain's Labour Party wipes his eye at the launch of 'Labour In for Britain', in front of the EU campaign bus, ahead of June's EU referendum, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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    Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Britain's Labour Party speaks at the launch of 'Labour In for Britain', in front of the EU campaign bus, ahead of June's EU referendum, in London, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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