A row has broken out after Jeremy Corbyn appeared to remain silent during the singing of the national anthem at a Battle of Britain commemoration event.
The service, held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, marks the 75th anniversary of the battle, which resulted in a combined death toll of 3,242 aircrew and around 40,000 civilians.
Corbyn was pictured standing alongside others, including defence secretary Michael Fallon, as God Save The Queen was played.
But while others sang, the new Labour leader appeared to keep his mouth firmly closed, looking solemn with his hands clasped in front of him.
His actions left some, including television personality Piers Morgan, less than impressed...
Silent during national anthem at Battle of Britain service.
Classy guy, Jeremy Corbyn.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 15, 2015
Scumbag labour leader Corbyn fails to sing national anthem at War memorial service. His hatred of the UK is self evident— Swiss Toni (@SwissToni_) September 15, 2015
"Corbyn refuses to sing national anthem at Battle of Britain service"
He's a disgrace. More like a sulky two-year-oldSeptember 15, 2015
Corbyn looks like he's been forced to attend a family get together. Dressed like a crazy uncle and didn't sing national anthem. Disgrace— Jamie (@tuxford7) September 15, 2015
Some were less bothered however...
I don't care if #Corbyn doesn't sing the national anthem, Foodbanks, Homelessness, Funding Cuts are more important issues in the UK.— Ian Kerrison (@IanJamie2013) September 15, 2015
OH FGS so if someone doesn't sing the national anthem they're evil now eh, The right wing press in full on war on Corbyn mode now :(— Ian (@Mancman10) September 15, 2015
Don't blame Corbyn for not singing the national anthem, it's awful.— Hannah Jackson (@hannah_jackson3) September 15, 2015
Enjoyed this exchange on Corbyn not singing the national anthem pic.twitter.com/qiA3Csasy1— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) September 15, 2015
David Cameron also met the man at the helm of what he labelled “a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family's security”.
The prime minister was seen shaking hands with new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, just days after his apocalyptic tweet about the results of the party's election.
Less than 24 hours after Corbyn was voted in as leader, Cameron said: "The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family's security."
Corbyn’s appearance as he attended the event also attracted some criticism…
@UK__News Look at the state of him! Too much effort to do up his tie? Ungrateful parasite.— Special Agent 1722 (@BigGfaetheBigG) September 15, 2015
Im really not a politics kinda guy but im yet to see this corbyn guy brush his hair or tie his tie properly. Imagine that scruff as PM— thom wilson (@thomwilson88) September 15, 2015
If Corbyn looks this scruffy at the Cenotaph in November, he'll irritate a lot of veterans... pic.twitter.com/D2mqAPFk4C— Will Heaven (@WillHeaven) September 15, 2015
@adamboultonSKY Why doesn't Jeremy Corbyn do his tie up properly?!— Wayne Carr (@_Wayne_Carr_) September 15, 2015
It is actually believed that this is the first time Corbyn has worn a tie to an official engagement outside the Commons.
But others were quick to spring to his defence…
Are they seriously making a big deal about Corbyn's clothing at a Battle of Britain memorial service?— Mr Malky (@MrMalky) September 15, 2015
Corbyn like bright, rather scruffy boy from the Sec.Mod. facing a line-up of private school toffs! Hope his message outweighs his image.— Jennifer Symien (@SymienJennifer) September 15, 2015
In a statement released to mark the ceremony, Corbyn said: “My mum served as an air raid warden and my dad in the Home Guard.
“Like that whole generation, they showed tremendous courage and determination to defeat fascism. The heroism of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain is something to which we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude.
“The loss of life - both civilian and military - should be commemorated so that we both honour their lives and do all that we can to ensure future generations are spared the horrors of war.”
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Corbyn was accompanied to the service by his new deputy leader Tom Watson.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon was also in attendance.
The Battle of Britain anniversary was also to be commemorated by an RAF flypast of more than 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes.
Prince Harry was among those planned to take to the skies, as well as Wing Commander Tom Neil, now 95, who flew 141 combat missions during the battle.