A spokesperson for Corbyn [said] he did not walk out of the party but that there was some ‘light-hearted ribbing’ [Image: Jonathan Brady/PA].

It’s good to see news media like The Guardian publishing reports admitting that Jeremy Corbyn did not storm out of a Labour Christmas party, as suggested by fellow mass media organ the Mail.

But would they have done it if social media sites like Vox Political had not already debunked the story, denouncing it as fake news?

I don’t know the answer to that, but I am glad to be part of a movement to make news reporting more honest.

The aim now must be to keep up the pressure. The less tolerance there is for fake stories, the more likely it is that we’ll get information that we can use.

Labour MPs have denied a newspaper report claiming that Jeremy Corbyn walked out of a Christmas party after politicians sang the New Labour anthem Things Can Only Get Better and chanted “We want Tony”. One Labour veteran reportedly sang The Beatles’ “Back In The USSR” in a jibe at the Labour leader’s perceived inaction over the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by Russian and Syrian bombing.

Labour MPs reassured the Guardian that both songs did feature at the party, but added that there was only “light-hearted ribbing”, and denied that it led to a walkout by Corbyn.

Source: Labour MPs deny Jeremy Corbyn stormed out of Christmas party | Politics | The Guardian

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