Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has denied a report in The Times newspaper that he is frail and there are concerns in the civil service about his health. The comments come after the newspaper said that senior civil servants had questioned whether Corbyn was healthy enough to be the Prime Minister.
Corbyn said in a statement:
“The idea that civil servants should be briefing a newspapers against an elected politician, against a prospective government, is something that should be very concerning to all of us.
The Civil Service has to be independent; has to be non-political and has to be non-judgmental of the politicians they have a duty to serve. If we were elected to government, we have a very clear framework of things we want to do in this country on housing, education, health and the environment and so much more. We would explain those to our colleagues in the civil service and expect them to carry out those policies.
That is the way British democracy must work. There must be an investigation into which senior civil servants are spreading fictitious information to the press and in the process compromising the integrity of the Civil Service.”