Outrage after Jeremy Corbyn fails to attend Festival of Remembrance for war dead

The annual event commemorates British service personal who died in the line of duty. Pictures confirmed the attendance of Boris Johnson, his partner Carrie Symonds and a number of leading royals.

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However there was no sign of Mr Corbyn or shadow chancellor John McDonnell, sparking outrage on social media.

The opposition leader is due to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph later today along with the Prime Minister and other senior politicians.

Mr Corbyn has previously come under criticism over his past attitude towards terrorist groups including Hamas and the IRA.

In 2009 the then Labour backbencher referred to members of Hamas and Hezbollah, both listed as terror groups by the British Government, as his “friends”.

“The man is an absolute disgrace” (Image: GETTY )

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Festival of Remembrance (Image: GETTY )

After becoming Labour leader he expressed “regret” for his wording claiming “with hindsight I would rather not have used”.

Mr Corbyn also invited two former IRA members, who had since joined the group’s political wing, to Parliament just weeks after the 1984 Brighton bombing targeting then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

On edy writer Tim Dawson commented: “Jeremy Corbyn not at the Festival of Remembrance.

“It’s a very clear message, let’s be honest.

The Queen at Saturday night‘s Festival of Remembrance (Image: GETTY )

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“The man is an absolute disgrace.”

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This position was supported by Tim Wragby, a sport enthusiast from Lincolnshire.

He tweeted: “Absence of Jeremy Corbyn tonight shows his contempt for our sovereign, her armed forces and all their achievements for him to be free.

“Other politicians have taken time out from politics to show their respect and thanks.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at last night‘s Festival of Remembrance (Image: GETTY )

British soldiers parade during the Festival of Remembrance (Image: GETTY )

“Shame on you! You’re not fit to lead UK.”

The festival of remembrance is organised by the Royal British Legion, which provides assistance to British veterans and their families.

Three veterans associations merged to form the Legion in 1921, three years after the end of WWI.

Deborah Eyre, from Burgess Hill in West Sussex, joined the criticism of Mr Corbyn.

On Twitter she the Labour leader asked: “Why were you not at the Festival of Remembrance?

“My grandad died in WWII aged 31 leaving my dad aged one in 1941.

“His is 80 now and still feels the pain.

Jeremy Corbyn campaigning ahead of December‘s general election (Image: GETTY )

“If you want to be PM you should know how to show respect.”

Philip Murphy from the north-east of England added: “If you need a reason not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn, his non attendance of the Festival of Remembrance is one.

“Bet his fan club will still defend him though.”

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