Jeremy Corbyn flouts coronavirus guidance to appear in House of Commons

PUBLISHED: 09:01 22 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:28 22 April 2020

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons. Photograph: Parliament TV.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons. Photograph: Parliament TV.

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Despite the over-70s being advised to remain self-isolated at home during the coronavirus outbreak, Jeremy Corbyn has turned up in the House of Commons chamber to ask a question.

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Jeremy Corbyn flouts coronavirus guidance to attend the House of Commons. Photograph: Parliament TV.Jeremy Corbyn flouts coronavirus guidance to attend the House of Commons. Photograph: Parliament TV.

Parliament has seen the introduction of a ‘virtual parliament’ to allow MPs and peers to stay home, with the first Prime Minister’s Questions seeing Dominic Raab taking questions from MPs over online platform Zoom.

Labour’s Keir Starmer made his first appearance as Labour leader, in a break from tradition, with the opposition usually selecting a deputy to front PMQs when the prime minister is unavailable.

But also making an appearance in the House of Commons chamber was his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn - flouting coronavirus guidance to ask health secretary a question.

The 70-year-old’s decision to attend the Commons, rather than call in virtually, flies in the face of coronavirus guidelines which calls for over-70s to self-isolate during the lockdown to remain “shielded” from the Covid-19 disease.

Others to ask ministers questions include former cabinet members and select committee chairs including Jeremy Hunt, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn and Chris Grayling - with a majority expected to dial in to ask Raab for answers.

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