Keith Allen says Corbyn ‘one of the most honest politicians’ he’s come across

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Keith Allen says Corbyn ‘one of the most honest politicians’ he’s come across

In interview with the Radio Times he said the former Labour leader had been treated 'appallingly' by the media who are 'scared' of him

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Keith Allen has said former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is “one of the most honest politicians” he has come across.

The actor told the Radio Times that Mr Corbyn has been treated “appallingly” by the media, who he said are “scared” of him.

Mr Corbyn, who stepped down as leader last year, now sits as an independent MP following the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into antiSemitism in the Labour Party. The EHRC found that under his leadership, the party had broken equalities law.

Allen said: “He was one of the most honest politicians I’ve ever come across.

“I don’t think for one moment that he’s an anti-Semite.

“I think the press has treated him appallingly, and one of the reasons why is because they’re scared of him.”

Keith Allen (PA Wire/PA Images/ Ian West)

He added: “I’ve got a lot of mates in the party who would say there was no way that a man with his background could help Labour win that election.

“They may well be right, but I don’t know what the alternative would have been to him.”

The Shallow Grave star, 67, also discussed how his life had been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “It sounds awful and I’ll sound privileged here, but I’m very lucky. I’ve got space. We grew lots of food and did a lot of landscaping round the house.”

– The full interview is in Radio Times magazine, out now.

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