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Jeremy Corbyn says Royal Family should be reduced in size

The leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that that British Royal Family shou...
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14.25 1 Dec 2019


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The leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that that British Royal Family should be reduced in size.

His comments came in the wake of controversy over Prince Andrew’s links to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr Corbyn said he believes that the public would also like to see changes to the Royal Family.

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Speaking this morning on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme he said: “I think the behaviour of individuals within the royal family is being looked at, shall we say.

"I do think the question of the size of the family and all that they do, I do think the public as a whole would want to see those kind of changes.

“And the debate around the behaviour of Prince Andrew has actually brought that to the fore.

He went on to say that “there is a lot of people attached to the royal family.”

Prince Andrew announced last month that was stepping back from public duties following an interview about his relationship with Epstein.

During the same interview, Mr Corbyn said that convicted terrorists should "not necessarily" automatically serve their full prison sentences.

He was commenting after the attack on London Bridge on Friday which left two people dead.

The attacker, 28-year-old Usman Khan, was a convicted terrorist who was wearing an electronic tag after being released halfway through a 16-year prison sentence for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

Mr Corbyn said there were lessons to be learned from the incident and there should be a "full investigation" into the circumstances around the attacker's prison sentence and subsequent release.

When asked whether convicted terrorists should serve their full prison sentences automatically, he said: "No, not necessarily".

He said: "I think it depends on the circumstances and it depends on the sentence but crucially depends on what they've done in prison.”

University of Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt was named yesterday as one of the victims who was killed in the attack.

It was revealed this morning that the woman killed in the attack, who has not yet been named, was also a former University of Cambridge student.

Additional reporting IRN

Main image: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn making a speech in York while on the General Election campaign trail today. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

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