Jeremy Corbyn won't be tied down by the fashion police

Jeremy Corbyn won't be tied down by the fashion police

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted borrowing a tie for his big conference speech after his team said it should be a different shade of red.

The Labour leader revealed the late wardrobe change on Sky News while promoting his leader’s address to conference in Brighton.

Mr Corbyn has faced some criticism for the way he dresses as he appears often without a tie and was photographed behind the scenes of the conference wearing socks and sandals.

The Labour leader said: “The tie came from a friend of mine because some of my team didn’t like the colour of the tie I was suggesting.

“It was one of those rather odd discussions we have.”

Appearing without a tie on Sky News, Mr Corbyn continued: “I like to appear as comfortably as I possibly can and I am comfortable like this.

“But I hope you will agree I looked very smart and tidy yesterday.”

Pressed on which tie was discarded, Mr Corbyn admitted: “It was a different shade of red – I don’t think there is a huge political debate here.”

He added: “I understand what people are looking for in a party, in a government, in a future prime minister. I fully understand that.

“I also think anyone, however high and mighty they are, has got to remember from where they come and have got to understand how ordinary people lead their lives.

“I live in a normal place, I live in a normal area and I talk to an awful lot of people in my community and many communities.”

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