Busy Jeremy Corbyn has an emergency Christmas present up his sleeve for family

He's been on the election trail for a month – so you can forgive Jeremy Corbyn for not doing his Christmas shopping.

But unlike most of us, Labour's leader might be even busier after Friday – even if the polls say there's little chance of him getting to No10.

That dilemma has raised his greatest challenge yet – how will he find time to buy presents for family?

Now he has spoken on the matter, and it seems he has a little trick up his sleeve.

The Labour leader has been picking up trinkets over the years, but if all else fails, he plans to fall back on a jar of homemade jam from his allotment.


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Asked about Christmas shopping by BBC Breakfast he said: “Well, that’s a bit of a problem isn’t it because I might be awful awful busy after Friday.

“I’ve got to buy presents for my wife, for my children, my grandson and various nephews and nieces and so on.

“But I sort of pick up bits and pieces over the years sometimes, you know, you see something nice.

“But also, well I shouldn’t really say this, but you know I make a lot of jam. There’s always a jar of jam isn’t there.”


Asked how many years of jam supplies he plumbs, he said: “I put a date on it to make sure you don’t fall into that problem.”

Whether his wife Laura or sons Ben, Tommy and Seb will be happy with his fruity offering are likely to remain strictly under wraps.

Mr Corbyn joined the BBC Breakfast sofa with two days left until the general election .

The 70-year-old said he "absolutely" has the stamina to serve a five-year term as prime minister, even if he'll be the oldest first-time PM for more than a century.

"I'm very healthy, very fit and very active and I've travelled more than any other party leader in this election," he said.

"I've attended more events than any other party leader in this election, and I've still not finished yet – we've got another two days to go, and I'll be out on the road the whole time – right up till 10 o'clock on Thursday night.

“And I eat porridge every morning. It’s good for you – it’s slow burning energy.”

He was also asked to clarify how Labour's plans for a four-day working week over a decade would apply to the NHS after conflicting statements from top allies.

He said: "It's not going to be forced on the NHS. The whole point is that, over a period, increases in productivity will lead to lower working time hours, but it's not going to be forced on the NHS."

He said it would be funded "through productivity in all industries and places of work".

Mr Corbyn also had to dismiss fears he is a "problem on the doorstep", saying it is not a "presidential election".

Asked about candidates not including his name in their campaign leaflets, the Labour leader replied: "It's not a presidential election, it's a parliamentary election in which we elect Members of Parliament.

"I'm the leader of the Labour Party and I'm very proud to have that position."

And he asked what politics has come to when the treatment of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr at Leeds General Infirmary is being used as a political football.

The Labour leader told BBC Breakfast: "It's an example of what's happening in our NHS. And it is obviously awful for that little boy and the family, the way they were treated.

"But it does say something about our NHS when this happened, and then all research shows there's a very large number of hospitals where patients are at risk because of staff shortages, because of a lack of equipment, because of poor maintenance of hospital buildings.

"It is a serious issue. It is a political issue, how we fund the NHS."

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