Jeremy Corbyn's Confusing Tweet About 'Proud Welsh Woman' Brings Out The British Pedant In Evereyone

'This is the biggest announcement of the reshuffle.'
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Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffles are always interesting - and his latest one hasn’t failed to disappoint.

On Thursday night, he sparked confusion and raised hundreds of eyebrows with the announcement of Labour’s new Shadow Welsh Secretary.

Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Central, was promoted to the job with this statement.

Welcome @JoStevensLabour to the position of Shadow Welsh Secretary - as a proud Welshwoman I know the dedication with which she’ll serve

— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) October 6, 2016

It divided many, some thinking the post made perfect sense. But others were baffled by Corbyn, a 62-year-old man from Wiltshire, appearing to hail himself as a “proud Welshwoman”.

One plucky person just had to ask:

@jeremycorbyn are you a proud Welshwoman?

— Andy Taylor (@AndyTaylor78) October 6, 2016

Before people felt pressured to bear the bad news to him.

@jeremycorbyn @JoStevensLabour Jeremy I hate to break it to you but you're not a proud Welshwoman

— Hannah Thompson (@H_L_Thompson) October 6, 2016

@jeremycorbyn @JoStevensLabour Jeremy, you are many things, but not a "proud Welshwoman"!

— clivejw (@JA500W) October 6, 2016

Luckily, the usually hostile environment in Twitter was very understanding.

@jeremycorbyn I fully support your gender transition.

— Squirrel ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@WebSquirrel) October 6, 2016

wonderful to see jeremy embracing his identity as a proud welshwoman

— charlie 🏳️🌈 (@CharlieRebooted) October 6, 2016

I mean who are we to stand in the way of her now identifying as a Welsh woman

— Matthew Thomas (@mrt95_) October 6, 2016

I didn't know Corbyn identified as a proud Welsh woman - you do you, Jeremy!

— Stace (@stackee) October 6, 2016

Author Matt Haig even hailed the news - saying, if true, Labour would have finally elected its first female leader.

So proud that Labour has its first female leader, in the form of Jeremy Corbyn.

— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) October 6, 2016

Which would have certainly made it the most shocking announcement of the night.

This is the biggest announcement so far. 😉

— Andrew Griffiths (@AndyPRG) October 6, 2016

While several prominent journalists used the tweet to conduct a much-needed grammar lesson.

Perils of the dangling modifier revealed here.

— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) October 6, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn: either syntactically or genetically confused here.

— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) October 6, 2016

A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn sought to clear up the confusion by confirming the “proud Welshwoman” was not a reference to Corbyn.

“He was referring to Jo being a proud Welshwoman,” they told The Huffington Post UK.


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