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Corbyn says tax-dodging press barons are ‘right to be worried’ about a future Labour government

The Labour leader hit back at allegations that he was a Soviet informant in a video message

“BILLIONAIRE press barons” are “right to be worried” about the prospect of a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn said in a video released last night.

The Labour leader used the video to hit back against claims from former Czechoslovak spy Jan Sarkocy that he was paid to supply information to the eastern bloc in the 1980s.

“In the last few days, The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have all gone a little bit James Bond,” Mr Corbyn said, branding the ex-spy’s claims “increasingly wild and entirely false.”

Poking fun at Mr Sarkocy, he cackled: “He seems to believe I kept him informed about what Margaret Thatcher had for breakfast and says he was responsible for either Live Aid or the Mandela Concert — or maybe both.”

But he warned it was a sign of “something more serious”.

“At the moment, much of our press isn’t very free at all. In fact it’s controlled by billionaire tax exiles,” he said. “We’ve got news for them. Change is coming.”

Tory MP Ben Bradley withdrew a tweet on the debacle on Monday night, after Mr Corbyn’s lawyers warned they would initiate libel proceedings.


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