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Jeremy Corbyn uses final PMQs as Labour leader to insist his 'voice will not be stilled’

Jeremy Corbyn uses final PMQs as Labour leader to insist his 'voice will not be stilled’

Jeremy Corbyn appeared at his 136th and final PMQs (PA)

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Jeremy Corbyn used his final appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions as Labour leader to insist his "voice will not be stilled”.

He confirmed he will keep campaigning for “justice around the world” after he stands down next week after four and half years in charge.

At the start of his 136th and last appearance at the despatch box for the weekly Commons session, Boris Johnson paid a glowing tribute to him.

He said: "Perhaps I could begin by pointing out that this is the honourable gentleman's last Prime Minister's Questions and it would be appropriate for me to pay tribute to him, his service to the party and indeed the country over the last four years in a very difficult job.

"We may not agree on everything but no one can doubt his sincerity and determination to build a better society."

And the PM also thanked Labour and the other opposition parties for working with the Government on the response to the coronavirus crisis.

But Mr Corybn replied: "I thank the Prime Minister for his very kind remarks. He was talking as if it was some kind of obituary.

"To let him know; my voice will not be stilled, I will be around, I will be campaigning, I will be arguing and demanding justice for the people of this country and indeed the rest of the world.”

Having announced he was resigning as Labour leader in the wake of their election defeat in December of last year, he formally hands over the reins on April 4.

Either Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey or Lisa Nandy will be announced as his successor after a lengthy contest.

Mr Corbyn would have been due to speak at his final PMQs next week, but the Government has unveiled plans to shutter Parliament on Wednesday evening for an early Easter recess in response to Covid-19.

MPs and peers are rushing through emergency legislation to try and tackle the spread of the outbreak, and after it receives Royal Assent onto the statue book the Commons and Lords will remain closed for four weeks.


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