Jeremy Corbyn HUMILIATION: former Labour leader flouted ‘rule of six’ at dinner party

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The former Labour leader was spotted at a house party with nine guests in total, in what is a clear breach of the current “rule of six” guidelines. Mr Corbyn is the latest politician forced to apologies for breach the coronavirus laws, with Labour and Tory MPs being left shame-faced when caught out. It comes as the UK’s cases of the virus continue to rise rapidly, with health experts warning of an imminent second wave.

Mr Corbyn was snapped in a picture in clear breach of the guidelines last weekend.

The Islington North MP and his wide have been hit with a fine of £1,800 for the offence.

Mr Corbyn apologised for the breach to the Sun, and said: “I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five.

“I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the rule of six. I apologise for my mistake.”

The former Labour chief was criticised by David Morris, Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale.

He told the Sun: “This is really disappointing. Millions of Brits are quietly sticking to the rules to defeat this horrific virus while Jeremy Corbyn is swanning around at a posh ­dinner party.

“People have had to delay weddings, been stopped from going to funerals, and friends and families have been torn apart by these tough restrictions.

“It is beyond belief that an MP – and someone who claims to stand up for the common man – has behaved this way.”

The “rule of six” measure was introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 14.

It is intended to force social distancing to halt the spread of the virus, with groups of more than six being banned.

First-time offenders face fines of £200 each if they are found to be in breach of the law.

Mr Corbyn’s breach followed Wednesday seeing a further 7,108 cases and 71 deaths from the virus.

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Mr Corbyn is the latest Labour MP to be in breach of coronavirus guidelines.

In March, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, was criticised by South Wales Police for meeting his father Neil Kinnock when guidelines said to stay at home.

Mr Kinnock said he was delivering “essential items”, which was permitted by the rules at the time.

Tahir Ali, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, was attacked for attending a birthday party in April.

Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, also attended a birthday party in early May and was criticised.

Stanley Johnson, the Prime Minister’s father, also apologised this week for breaching the coronavirus guidelines.

Mr Johnson was spotted shopping without a face mask after fines increased to £200 for first time breaches last week.

Mr Johnson said he was “extremely sorry” to the Mirror, and added he was not “100 per cent up to speed”.

He added: “The fact this was my first day back in the UK after three weeks abroad is, I am sure, no excuse for not knowing the rules.”

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