- Corbyn believes he will be prime minister “in six months”. Glastonbury founder says Corbyn told him he will scrap Britain’s nuclear deterrent once in Downing Street. Official Labour policy is to retain Trident. Labour leader receives rapturous reception at Britain’s largest music festival.
LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn believes he will be prime minister “in six months” after which he will abolish Britain’s nuclear deterrent “as soon as I can,” he has reportedly told a leading supporter.
Glastonbury founder festival Michael Eavis claims Corbyn made the comments to him before the Labour leader made his appearance on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday afternoon.
Local news site Somerset Live reported that Eavis told an audience at a Q&A on Sunday afternoon “wasn’t he [Corbyn] fantastic? I said to when are you going to be prime minister? He said: ‘In six months’.”
Eavis, who has been a long-term supporter of nuclear disarmament, also said that he had asked Corbyn “when are you going to get rid of Trident?” to which he replied “as soon as I can.”
Asked about the plans to scrap the UK’s nuclear deterrent soon, a spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph “Trident renewal is Labour policy, as spelled out in our manifesto, which Jeremy and the party were proud to stand on in the election.”
The Glastonbury founder was speaking at Speakers Forum in the Green Futures areas of the festival about Corbyn’s appearance and speech to the crowd at the famous Pyramid stage.
The Labour leader appeared before one of the largest crowds of the festival weekend on Saturday, where he said “let us be together and recognise another world is possible, if we come together to… achieve a decent, better society where everybody matters.”
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 24, 2017
He also quoted Percy Bysse Shelley, reading out to the crowd an extract which appeared to inspire his election slogan ‘for the many, not the few’: “Rise like lions after slumber/ In unvanquishable number,/ Shake your chains to earth like dew/ Which in sleep had fallen on you -/ Ye are many – they are few.”
The remarkable scenes were just the latest sign of Corbyn’s rising popularity, after a poll showed that he was now the public’s preferred choice as prime minister.