Jeremy Corbyn Condemns Mental Health Joke At “Corbyn 4 PM” Event
Jeremy Corbyn has contacted the organisers of the “Corbyn 4 PM” concert tour to condemn a joke about a Labour MP’s mental health told at a show in Edinburgh last week.
Last Wednesday, BuzzFeed News reported that comedian Jeremy Hardy had joked that it was easy to guess Kevan Jones MP – who has previously spoken out about his mental health – was depressed because he supported the renewal of the UK’s nuclear weapons programme.
At the show in the Scottish capital, Hardy said: “I would have thought you could hazard a guess that if someone supports nuclear weapons, if your view of existence is so bleak you’re prepared to help with the extermination of the entire northern hemisphere, that kind of suggests depression, don’t you?”
The comments were condemned by Jones, fellow Labour MP John Woodcock, and Labour’s shadow minister for mental health, Luciana Berger, last week. Now, in a letter to Jones revealed by Politics Home, the Labour leader has added his criticism.