Cameraman hurt as he filmed Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed a scuffle outside his home that left a BBC cameraman in hospital as a “very, very minor incident”.

The man was injured in the incident on Tuesday.

The Department for Transport launched a probe into claims that a Government Car Service driver was involved.

But Corbyn insisted “nobody was hurt” and said it was not his responsibility if a camera had fallen to the ground.

He told broadcasters: “I came out of my house to get into a car and there were a group of photographers outside the garden gate pushing and shoving in a not very helpful way.

“I got into the car. Apparently, somebody’s camera fell to the floor during the melee between all these different cameraman and he then pulled the car door open just as we were pulling off and said to me his camera had fallen.

“I said ‘I’m sorry about that but it’s hardly my responsibility if you lot are pushing each other’. So, that was the end of it.

“It was a very, very minor incident. Nobody was hurt. I’ve no idea what damage was sustained by the camera. End of story.”

Footage of the incident shows the Labour leader being greeted by supporters before the camera tumbles to the ground and a man is then heard saying: “That was a real shove”.

A photo later emerged of a man understood to be cameraman James Webb in a neck brace on a hospital stretcher.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We are investigating media reports of an incident yesterday involving a Government Car Service vehicle. We are looking at whether the driver was involved and the extent and nature of that involvement.”

The BBC said: “The BBC can confirm there was an incident involving a BBC cameraman whilst filming Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home.

“He sustained some injuries for which he’s received treatment. The BBC has spoken to the Labour Party which has confirmed the incident involved a government driver, not a Labour Party member of staff.”


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